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Contracts of Employment

Businesses often overlook the importance of drafting contracts of employment that are unique to their business. This can often leave businesses exposed to claims.


At Lupton Fawcett, we take the view that no two businesses are the same and what might work for one business will not necessarily be effective for another.

If you need help with drafting contracts of employment or are interested in having your existing contracts of employment reviewed and updated, please get in touch with our Leeds, Sheffield or York office today by calling 0333 323 5292 or by filling in our online enquiry form and requesting a callback.

Reasons Why You Should Have an Employment Contract

There are over 300 types of claim that an individual can bring against their employer. A well drafted contract of employment will give you maximum protection from the outset. Other reasons for creating an employment contract or reviewing an existing one include:

Avoiding financial penalties

If you do not have a contract of employment, your employee can potentially claim four weeks’ pay from you. They are entitled to receive details of certain legal provisions within eight weeks of them starting work.

Preventing unfair competition and protecting your customer base

Employees sometimes leave to work for a competitor or to set up in competition. In both cases, your business will be at risk. Our solicitors can include specific contractual provisions that restrict the ability of ex employees to remove confidential information and/or damage your customer relationships.

Reclaim costs

Unless otherwise stated in special provisions in an employment contract, you have no right to reclaim overtaken holiday pay, training fees or other expenses that have been paid for or on behalf of the employee were they to leave part way through the holiday year or before the benefit of the training had been obtained by the business.

A little time and investment at the outset of the employment relationship can result in substantial savings for the business later down the line. Get in touch with our employment law team for help with contracts of employment.

How We Can Help

We will talk you through the basic legal requirements and then recommend a range of additional clauses; our aim being to create a contract of employment that is genuinely tailored to meet the individual needs of your business.

We will provide you with the specific advice you need and regularly update you on the progress of your employment contract as it is created.

Our employment contract solicitors are also happy to agree a deadline with you for carrying the work and are able to offer a range of pricing options, including fixed fees.

Talk to us

For help creating an employment contract for your business or for advice on an existing contract, contact our Leeds, Sheffield or York office to speak to one of our solicitors today by using the details below.

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Remember you can still call us on 0333 323 5292 or email us at emp@luptonfawcett.law

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