Our Contracts of Employment Service
Our Employment Law solicitors are experienced in drafting bespoke employment documentation to meet the unique requirements of your business. This includes contracts of employment, handbooks, procedures and policies. We understand that many businesses have business-critical and specific needs around intellectual property, confidentiality and restrictive covenants where a one size fits all approach is not appropriate. We can provide documents to match all your requirements.
We are also experienced in drafting Directors’ Service Agreements where it is critical that obligations are clear and terms around bonuses, incentives, intellectual property, confidentiality and post-termination restrictions are tailored and effective.
We also provide standard form contracts of employment, policies and procedures as part of our Myerson HR retainer service.
Employment Law Update | Autumn 2023
Our Employment Approach
Our employment solicitors are dedicated to advising on how to achieve your business objectives in the most efficient and practical way. We pride ourselves on providing straightforward and bespoke advice tailored to your business requirements and resources.
We understand that employers need to be commercial, decisive and act calmly but quickly in sensitive employment matters.
Your work will be carried out by a qualified solicitor, who knows your business requirements best. Work is also carried out at the appropriate level, depending on the complexity, sensitivity and importance of the matter.
We work closely with our clients to ensure that we meet their expectations both in terms of their objectives and in relation to costs. We know that clarity on costs is vitally important to our clients, especially at a time when businesses are challenged by sudden and dramatic changes to economic circumstances.
As standard practice, we give our clients an estimate of the costs at the outset and provide cost updates on a regular basis.
Our Employment Contracts Expertise
Contracts of Employment
It is a legal requirement that every employer must provide any new employee or worker with a written statement of their terms and conditions before or on the date that employment commences. A statement must cover certain information required by the Employment Rights Act 1996.
It is also an opportunity for employers to formalise a wider contract of employment with the employee to bring clarity of arrangements between employer and employee and ensure the protection of business interests such as confidential information, trade connections and intellectual property.
Our specialist team of employment solicitors can provide you with all employment contracts, policies and procedures necessary to suit the needs of your business and avoid contract disputes, as well as providing you with invaluable advice on how to implement, vary and update contracts and policies, as the employment relationship progresses.
- Conducting a review of all the contracts and policies for a household name education client in order to advise on whether the terms were contractual or non-contractual so that the client could act accordingly
- Producing a handbook and various contracts for employees in different roles for a national client providing consultancy services
- Providing a review of contracts and policies for a large recycling company in connection with advising on a TUPE transfer
- Drafting a new handbook for a manufacturing client, including policies on the new regime of maternity and shared parental leave and pay
- Drafting IT policies for various clients to enable them to manage employee use of IT, inside and outside work, and the right to monitor IT use
- Advising a UK technology business with a US parent company on how best to manage the transfer of data from the UK to the US including advice on the US safe harbour principles
- Advising an international manufacturing business on data protection, how to transfer data safely outside the UK, including European Commission model clauses and Binding Corporate rules
Directors’ Service Agreements
Directors have responsibilities over and above those owed by other employees. It is important to reflect these in the employment documentation. Directors are also more likely to have access to confidential information, trade secrets and the client/customer base of a business.
Our employment solicitors have a wealth of experience in dealing with directors’ service agreements, including providing bespoke agreements to include adequate protection of business interests and clarity around remuneration and benefits, including complex bonus and incentive arrangements.
We are also able to assist with non-executive director appointments, including drafting letters of appointment.
- Drafting board level service agreements and consultancy agreements for an energy supplier
- Advising a large wholesale company in respect of its directors’ service agreements
- Putting in place complex bonus arrangements for the directors of a large retail company
- Drafting and advising on the enforceability of complex golden handcuff arrangements
- Assisting our commercial litigation colleagues with the enforcement of restrictive covenants, including pre-action correspondence, applications for injunctions and damages and search and seize orders
Confidentiality and Restrictive Covenants
We routinely advise employers (and senior executives) in relation to the drafting and enforceability of post-termination restrictions and employee confidentiality requirements, often referred to as restrictive covenants.
Businesses that fail to agree on appropriate confidentiality and post-termination restraints with their senior employees risk potential competition and damage to business reputation and interests. It is also important to ensure this protection is kept up to date to ensure it remains enforceable.
Post-termination restrictions must be drafted in terms that are reasonable and necessary, otherwise, the Courts will not enforce them. We are experienced in drafting documentation to maximise effectiveness. We are also experienced in advising on strategy and practical steps to enforce the benefit of such restrictions.
- Drafting tailored restrictive covenants for various businesses, including advice on non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality protection and the appropriate scope of protection
- Assisting our commercial litigation colleagues with the enforcement of restrictive covenants, including applications for injunctions and search and seize orders
- Defending a former senior employee accused of misuse of confidential information and database rights issues
- Advising on the risks of pursuing a team move to a competing business
- Advising a senior employee and new employer in relation to allegations of breach of restrictive covenants and theft of confidential information
- Advising various businesses on the introduction of restrictive covenants to employees who previously had no such clauses in their contracts
Why Work With Our Employment Team
In particular, we offer:
- City centre standards of advice and service levels due to our policy of recruiting only the best specialist employment solicitors from leading firms.
- Our employment law solicitors are dedicated to advising on how to achieve your business objectives in the most efficient and practical way. We pride ourselves on providing straightforward and bespoke advice tailored to your business requirements and resources.
- As expert employment lawyers, we understand that employers need to be commercial, decisive and act calmly but quickly when sensitive employment disputes arise.
- Our employment solicitors understand you want speedy and satisfactory resolution to avoid protracted and damaging conflict.
- Your work will be carried out by a qualified employment law solicitor, who knows your business requirements best. Our work is also carried out at the appropriate level, depending on the complexity, sensitivity, and importance of the employment issue.
- We work closely with our clients to ensure that we meet their expectations both in terms of their objectives and in relation to costs. Our employment solicitors know that clarity on costs is vitally important to our clients, especially at a time when businesses are challenged by sudden and dramatic changes to economic circumstances.
- Extensive experience of dealing with a wide range of employers and employment disputes, giving you fast, helpful advice, based on knowledge of your business, its history, and pressures.
- A partner-led service and a genuinely accessible team of experienced employment law solicitors due to our size, structure, and unique culture.
Meet Our Employment Solicitors
Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our employment lawyers are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.
Jo is a Partner and Head of our Employment Team
Jo is a Partner in both our Employment and Compliance Teams
Charlotte is the Head of Myerson HR and a Partner in our Employment Team
Patrick is a Senior Associate in our Employment Team
Jack is a Senior Associate in our Employment Team
Vicki is an Associate in our Employment Team
Amy is a Solicitor in our Employment Team
Kurt is a Solicitor in our Employment Team
Victoria is a Trainee Solicitor in our Employment Team
Meghan is a Senior Legal PA in our Employment Team
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