Employment Contracts

An employment contract sets out your terms of employment, including you and your employer’s rights and responsibilities, during the employment relationship.

What do employment contracts entitled me to?

Under employment contracts, employees are entitled to receive written terms with information such as rate of pay, place of work, holiday entitlements etc., within two months of starting employment. A verbal contract of employment, where there is no written contract, may be equally valid.

How can we help?

At the start of an employment relationship it is essential that you understand what you are being asked to sign. We can assist you in negotiating the most favourable terms at the commencement of the employment relationship. We can advise you on the terms of the employment contract, including pitfalls you should be wary of. We have considerable knowledge and expertise of the market standard for employment contracts and will be able to advise comprehensively on the risks you may be exposed to, particularly issues such as restrictions on where you may work and who you may work with after your employment has ended.

If there is already an existing employment relationship, usually both parties must agree to any amendment of the contract. However, employees may face difficulties, and sometimes dismissal, if they reject a change of terms proposed by their employer. This is a complex area which we can advise you on.

If problems arise, our Employment team is able to advise and represent you in relation to disputes and breach of contract claims.

Contact us on 020 7228 0017.

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