Our team regularly advise clients on the engagement of consultants and contractors.
Our advice includes issues surrounding employment status and the potential tax consequences of such arrangements. We also draft contractor and consultancy agreements to ensure the relationship between the parties is clear and to minimise the possibility of dispute.
We also advise clients in relation to the engagement of workers through umbrella companies, managed service companies and the IR35 tax provisions.
Recent examples of work in this area include:
- Advising a large international manufacturing company on the engagement of engineering contractors to help meet their growing need for design expertise. Given the nature of their work, this required particular focus on the confidentiality and intellectual property elements of their engagement
- Advising an umbrella employer on the tax and employment status consequences of engaging individuals through their umbrella employer structure
- Reviewing the contractor arrangements of a well-known national organisation and advising on the risk of their contractors successfully arguing that they are actually employees, given the length of time they have been engaged and the level of control exerted over them by our client
- Assessing whether contractors of a national manufacturing client fall within the pension auto-enrolment regime and advising on an appropriate approach to take
We are also experienced at dealing with the appointment of and employment status issues arising in relation to non-executive directors. For more information please visit our Recruitment and Remuneration page here.
How We Can Help
A member of our specialist team will be happy to help.
To discuss Contractor and Consultancy Agreements issues, please either use the contact form on the right, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us today on +44(0)161 941 4000 to speak to a member of our team.