Employment law is always evolving and it is therefore important for organisations to regularly review their employment documentation and practices in order to safeguard against potential breaches that could lead to employment tribunal litigation. It is also important for organisations to ensure that they have appropriate employment contracts in place with employees and that thought has gone into the protections needed by that organisation upon the termination of employment.
We offer a full suite of services relating to the drafting and variation of employment contracts, self-employed/commercial contracts, employment policies and handbooks, specifically including:
- Director service agreements;
- Employment contracts for senior and junior employees;
- Apprenticeship contracts;
- Consultancy agreements;
- Employment policies and handbooks;
- Drafting and enforcing of clauses dealing with confidential information and restrictive covenants;
- Drafting and implementing flexible working systems including zero hours, annualised hours and rota systems,
- Variation of employment terms, including alignment of contracts post TUPE.
It is important to ensure that appropriate documentation is in place at the outset of the relationship since it will assist should any disputes arise during or at the end of employment. It is also important that contractual documentation is updated throughout the relationship for example, when an employee progresses into a more senior role to ensure that the organisation is adequately protected in the event that that person should leave. This could include agreeing a longer notice period and revised restrictive covenants.
We will also review existing employment policies and handbooks in order to identify whether they need updating to reflect current legislation and case law precedents.
Our team of solicitors also have extensive experience of advising clients operating in complex commercial environments which as a result have a multiplicity of contractual arrangements.
Recent work examples include advising a national law firm in relation to the streamlining of various forms of contract and bonus arrangement after the amalgamation of five different acquired firms and drafting a director service agreement for a company client taking on a shareholder who was going to play an active part in the business as a director and employee and who in that capacity would have access to confidential information and intellectual property.
BLM’s Commercial Employment team is based in our Manchester office. The team is led by a partner who is assisted by senior associates and associates and we act for a range of clients across the UK and internationally.