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Employment Law Solicitors

Employment Contract Solicitors

An employment contract is a legally binding agreement between you and your employer. It lays out the conditions of your employment, covering everything from working hours through to salary and benefits.

It’s important that your contract reflects your expectations when you take on a new role. It’s also important to know your rights if your employer tries to change your contract. Our expert team of employment lawyers can help you with any legal issues related to contracts.

What Services Do We Offer?

Taking A New Role

If you’ve been offered a new role, we can advise you on your contract. If it doesn’t reflect the terms and package you were promised, we can help you negotiate changes.

Directors often sign a service agreement rather than an employment contract. There are important differences and as a director you will have certain additional duties. It’s crucial that you understand your obligations before signing the agreement, and we can go through the terms with you to ensure you’re clear about what you’re signing up to.

Changes To Your Employment Contract

If your employer is trying to change the terms of your contract, we can advise you on your rights. If the changes will have a detrimental impact on you, we could help you claim for breach of contract and even constructive unfair dismissal if you’ve felt the need to resign.

The “Gig Economy” And Your Employment Status

In the modern economy, more and more of us are self-employed. The “Gig Economy” means that you may find yourself signed up to a “self-employment” contract that treats you as an employee but doesn’t give you the benefits, such as holiday pay or sickness pay. We’ve helped many clients in disputes over their employment status and have the experience needed to help you if you feel you’re being treated unfairly.

Who Can We Help?

If you need legal advice on any issues related to an employment contract, consultancy agreement, or contract for services, you should contact us.

Our employment solicitors can help anyone from any industry, but have expert knowledge of financial services, healthcare and legal/professional services.

We specialise in advising:

  • Senior executives
  • Directors
  • Partners
  • Board members
  • Professionals
  • Consultants
  • Doctors.

We’re also experts in the “Gig Economy”. If you feel you’re being treated as an employee but not getting holiday pay, sick pay or other benefits, contact us

It doesn’t matter whether your employer is an SME or a large multinational corporation, we have the knowledge and experience needed to support you.

Why Choose Our Employment Contract Solicitors?

Our team has years of experience in helping people with all manner of employment contract issues. Whether you just want a second pair of eyes when reviewing a new contract, or you need to take your employer to court over a contractual breach, you can rely on us to protect your best interests.

The leading independent guides to the legal profession, Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, recognise us as experts in this field.

When you work with us however you don’t just get legal experts. We know that disputes about contracts can be extremely stressful, especially if you’ve felt the need to resign your position. We offer a listening ear and a support network to help limit the stress and disruption that a dispute can cause.

Contact Us

If you need help with any issues related to employment contracts, call our specialist team on 0207 650 3999 or contact us online in confidence. 

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Employment Contract Solicitors - More Information
    • What Should I Think About Before Signing An Employment Contract?
    • Firstly you should ensure that the terms of the contract exactly match anything that was offered during the recruitment process. It’s important that the written contract gives you all the rights and benefits you’re expecting (such as salary, bonus, working hours etc).

      You may also need to consider any post-termination restrictive covenants in your previous or new employment contract. If any of the terms of your new contract breach any restrictive covenants you signed with a previous employer, you should contact us. You should also consider the impact of any new restrictions on your future career.

      Find out more about how we can help with restrictive covenants.

    • What Can Be Done If An Employer Breaches Your Contract Of Employment?
    • If your employer doesn’t respect the terms of your employment contract, you may be able to make a claim in the High Court for wrongful dismissal or breach of contract.

      For persistent or serious breaches, you may also feel that you can no longer work for the employer. If your employer’s breaches and behaviours have gone too far, they may have breached the implied duty of mutual trust and confidence which underpins every employment contract.

      You may be able to resign and make a claim for constructive unfair dismissal. We can advise you on whether you’re likely to succeed in such a claim. 

    • What Payment Options Are Available?
    • There are a number of ways you can pay for your legal work:

      • Hourly rate – this is how most of our cases are funded. You only pay for the time you use.
      • Agreed fixed fees – in more complex cases it might be more cost effective for us to agree a fixed fee for your work.
      • Legal expenses insurance – this is legal cover that’s often a bolt-on to home insurance. It’s worth seeing if you have this as it may cover some or all of your legal fees.
      • Trade union membership – if you’re a member of a union, they might have something in place that pays your legal fees if you have an employment dispute.
      • Your employer – in some instances your employer may pay some of your costs (this can be the case if you are negotiating a settlement agreement).
      • Third party funding – this is where someone who isn’t directly involved in your case agrees to pay your costs.
      • Crowd funding – it may be possible to crowd fund your case using the CrowdJustice website (particularly if it’s of public interest).

      We can review your options in an initial meeting and let you know how to best pay for your case.

      It’s best to have any relevant membership/insurance documents to hand, as they will help us to understand any cover you already have.

    • Where Are We Based?
    • Our employment lawyers are based in major cities across the country, so we can help wherever you are.

      We offer an initial consultation, either over the phone or in person, where we can discuss your case.

      Call us on 0207 650 3999 or contact us online today to find out how we can help you.

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