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Well drafted employment contracts across your team, from juniors and managers to executives and directors, will provide you with a clear framework when dealing with employment issues and, more importantly, help you prevent potentially costly issues from arising. Our employment contract lawyers will provide you with thoroughly drafted contracts, advise you on clauses that may need to be negotiated, and ensure that contracts complement other staff policies and procedures you may already have in place.
In addition to reviewing, editing and drafting employment contracts, our team can assist you across all areas of employment law, including:
Our team of employment law solicitors will support you with:
Creating bespoke employment contracts
Although standard contract templates may be an attractive option in the beginning, they often have the potential to cost you more at a later date when your business is not properly protected. We understand that one size does not fit all, which is why we’ll get to know your requirements, and adapt the terms accordingly to effectively minimise risk.
Reviewing and updating your employment contracts
Not keeping your contracts of employment and other staff policies and procedures up to date could be costly in respect of potential employment claims. We can inform you of upcoming changes to employment law which might impact your documents, advising you on how to update them to best comply and protect your business.
We’ll ensure you have relevant post-termination clauses as part of your contracts of employment to prevent anti-competitive behaviour once an employee has left the business. This might include, non-compete clauses, non-solicitation clauses and non-poaching clauses, for example. By including restrictive covenants at the outset of a relationship, both parties will have a clear picture of what exactly is restricted, and for how long, so that sensitive business information is protected, no matter what happens down the line.
Employees’ duty of confidentiality clauses
We’ll put enforceable confidentiality restrictions in place to prevent an employee from using your company’s private information in any way that could damage your business. A clear-cut clause stating what sensitive information the employee cannot disclose will help reduce the risk and stress of any potential breaches of employee confidentiality arising in the future.
Protection of your intellectual property or trade secrets
Any intellectual property created for a business is usually automatically assigned in the company itself, even if it’s created by an employee. But this is not the case for casual workers or freelancers for example. We can review or create such contracts for you so that you know your IP assets are robustly protected, and that any intellectual property created by non-employees is assigned to the company as part of their contract conditions.
Specialised provisions for directors or directors’ service agreements
Detailed provisions are likely to be required in order to set expectations for the more complex role of a director. If required, we can help you put together a director’s service agreement, separate to that of their employment contract, so that the elements of a director’s role can be clearly established, and boundaries met, just in case a disagreement arises at a later date.
Other employment policies and procedures or staff handbooks
As your team grows, so too does the requirement for more detailed policies and procedures that help set expectations for your employees and keep you compliant. We’ll help you set standards for your employees with professionally drafted policy documents and staff handbooks.
Reduce time spent on trying to draft and update employment contracts yourself when you could be concentrating on running your business. In employment law, change can be fast paced. Failing to update a contract or getting things wrong subject you to risk and could be costly later down the line. We’ll advise you on your business’ employment contracts in a timely manner to ensure you have the correct foundations in place to protect your business.
Working with one of our employment contract lawyers will provide you with confidence – rest assured that the contract will be robust and adapted for your specific requirements. Unlike downloading a standardised template from the internet, an employment contract created by us will include terms that are tailored to your business and help you protect what is most vital to it, whether that’s aspects of IP or the business as a whole by drafting restrictive covenants regarding staff exiting your business.
We have drafted employment contracts for a wide range of employers, each with their own varying needs, but what each contract has in common is that they are comprehensive, yet succinct and in plain English. Plus, our service doesn’t just stop at drafting a contract. We’ll make sure you’re confident in how to correctly apply and explain the clauses to your staff.
At Harper James Solicitors, we champion ambitious businesses, and are able to support them at each stage of their development. So as your team starts to grow and you need to get your HR policies off the ground, we’ll be there to support you, getting to know your requirements and aligning your employment documents with your longer term, commercial goals. By plugging any gaps in your legal knowledge or supporting you where you don’t yet have the resource, we can help you successfully build your team. We’ll help you put the legal fundamentals in place so that you know, right from the off, that you’re compliant with current legislation and not putting your business at risk.
We have an experienced employment team who are well versed in dealing with contentious and non-contentious matters before, during, at the end of and after employment. While we take a proactive approach to protecting our clients, our team are also particularly skilled at understanding and dealing with complex legal situations promptly and providing advice in a friendly and down to earth way. Our lawyers also have particular expertise in dealing with TUPE transfers, employment matters linked to sales and acquisitions of companies, collective redundancies, and large-scale restructures. Find out more about the team here:
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Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £125 per hour.
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