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Recruitment & Promotion

It’s important as a senior executive or professional that you’re happy with your employment contract before you sign it. You need to be careful that your contract reflects your understanding of the negotiations, and that it doesn’t have far reaching consequences for the future.

Our employment solicitors have considerable experience helping people negotiate their employment terms. We have expertise across sectors including banking and finance, healthcare and professional services.

What Can We Help With?

If you’re a senior executive, we can help you ensure that your contract meets your understanding. Depending on your role, there may be terms in other documents too – such as in a shareholder’s agreement.

Our lawyers can review, advise and help negotiate terms in areas such as:

  • Post-termination restrictions
    Where a company tries to restrict you from working for competitors in the future, or poaching colleagues or clients.
  • Pay and reward
    Senior employees can have complex bonus and reward packages.
  • Notice periods
    Longer notice periods are often required for more senior employees.
  • Regulatory obligations
    You might have obligations that you need to be aware of (for example the Financial Conduct Authority’s Senior Managers and Certification Regime).

Who Can We Help?

We can help a range of executives and professionals who are starting a new role. Specifically we can help:

  • Employees
  • Senior executives
  • Directors
  • Partners
  • Board members
  • Professionals
  • Consultants
  • Doctors and other people working in the healthcare industry
  • Teachers and headteachers.

Why Choose Our Recruitment & Promotion Solicitors?

Our team is recognised by the independent legal guides, Chambers and Legal 500, as true specialists in our field. We routinely negotiate for individuals working at large corporations, or for those who work in highly regulated industries. 

We understand that negotiations need to be handled with sensitivity, but also need to achieve the best outcome for you.

We’ll work with you closely, getting to know your long-term goals, and making sure that your contract doesn’t compromise them. 

We offer various flexible funding options – including working to an hourly rate, agreed fixed fees and under the terms of your legal expenses insurance.

Contact Us

If you have a recruitment or promotion issue, our lawyers can help. Call us on 0207 650 3999 or contact us online.

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Recruitment & Promotion - 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.

    • Who Does Irwin Mitchell Help?
    • We help people working in a wide range of sectors including:

      • Financial services and banking
      • Healthcare and medicine
      • Professional services
      • Legal services
      • Law enforcement agencies, including the police
      • Ministry of Defence, armed forces and associated personnel
      • Education
      • Public sector, civil service, and national and local government
      • Energy and utilities.
    • 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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Chambers & Partners, 2019

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