Business Legal Services

Employment Status and IR35

Making mistakes relating to the application of IR35 can be costly for your business. Minimise these costs with guidance from our employment law experts. 


Information about IR35 – this area of law now applies in both the public and the private sector. If you would like help in better understanding this area of law, as well as guidance on how to comply with IR35 related obligations, please get in contact with us and let us know.

Assessing the employment status of those who work for and with you – it is critical for tax purposes to ensure that you have assessed the status of those who work with you correctly and failure to do so could leave your business liable for future payments to HMRC. We have extensive experience in assessing employment status and the process of approaching those who work with you to discuss this.

Drafting templates – we can draft documents such as contracts which contain provisions regarding employment status and tax obligations, together with indemnities to protect the company in the event of a dispute.

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What are the benefits of seeking professional advice relating to IR35?

Save time and money

Reduce time spent on trying to research the changes relating to IR35 and how they might apply to your business. One of our employment solicitors would be happy to discuss your specific circumstances and can advise you on any relevant IR35 provisions and how to deal with these, whilst you continue to focus your time and energy on running your business.

Reduced risk of non-compliance

Instructing Harper James Solicitors will provide you with peace of mind in knowing that you are in safe hands with solicitors who will advise you of IR35 requirements and how best to comply with them.

Audit your existing intermediary arrangements

We can carefully review and analyse the risks related to your current intermediary arrangements and, where appropriate, advise you on alternative arrangements and strategies for resourcing your business.

Clear templates

Once we have discussed your resourcing requirements and the best options for your business, we are able to produce the templates you require in a clear and precise way which are easy for you to follow.

Who we help: Employers of all sizes and from a variety of sectors all over the UK.

We support a wide range of UK-based employer clients. We advise clients of all types, from a variety of sectors whether they be start-ups, SMEs or large multi-nationals.


Why choose Harper James?

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. Our team is particularly skilled at understanding and dealing with complex legal situations promptly and providing advice in a friendly and down to earth way.

Employment status advice you can trust

Our robust approach and hands-on knowledge of the construction sector allows us to quickly and efficiently provide our clients with the support they need to move their business forward.

All of our employment lawyers previously worked for a top 100 UK law firm or in-house at large international businesses. Many having achieved partner level or beyond, with at least 10 years post qualified experience. Find out more about the employment law team here:

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Legal support designed
to fit your business needs

Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:


Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.


Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.

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We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. But we can arrange face-to-face meeting at our offices or a location of your choosing.

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To access legal support from just £125 per hour arrange your free no-obligation initial consultation to discuss your business requirements.

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