Contracts of Employment and Directors’ Service Agreements - MLP Law

Contracts of Employment

and Directors’ Service Agreements

Contracts of employment ensure legal compliance, minimise risk and, most importantly, put in place crucial protections for your business.

Directors’ Service Agreements are vital where roles involve greater access to business information. They include vital business protections, such as restrictions on business activities after they leave.

The ever changing nature of Employment Law makes it essential to keep your Contracts of Employment fully up to date.

Request a consultation with our expert Employment Law solicitors to discuss
protecting your business with bespoke Contracts of Employment and Directors’ Service Agreements.

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We are experts at looking beyond the legal jargon to ensure your business is protected
by bespoke contracts which are tailored to your precise business aims.

Our services include:

  • Preparing bespoke Employment Contracts and Directors’ Service Agreements which ensure you meet your legal obligations under the Employment Rights Act 1996;
  • Designing tailored clauses to protect your business, including confidentiality restrictions and post-termination restrictions; and
  • Drafting complex bonus and remuneration schemes.

Our Approach

All of our highly experienced Employment Law solicitors are Legal 500 recommended leaders in their field, who provide jargon-free, commercial legal advice. We speak to you in plain English and provide specialist, practical and pro-active solutions for your business.

We take the time to understand your business and the challenges you face, enabling us to provide bespoke advice which is tailored to you.

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FAQs

  1. Do I have to provide my employees with a contract?

    Yes. Employees must be given a written contract, setting out certain key aspects of their employment, such as salary and access to training. The contract must be provided by no later than the first day of the employee’s employment.

  2. When do I need to give a written contract?

    The legal right to receive a written statement of particulars of employment means that a contract outlining certain proscribed terms and conditions must be given by no later than the first day of employment, not within two months, as previously required.

  3. What types of contract can I use?

    Contracts can be drafted to cover many different scenarios, such as to allow an employee to work permanently, temporarily for a fixed term or on a part-time basis. Contracts are also often adapted to suit different levels of seniority.

  4. Can I make changes to an employee’s contract?

    A contract of employment can be amended or updated during employment. It’s easiest to do it when you have the employee’s consent and after a particular process of consultation has been followed.

  5. What is a zero-hours contract?

    As the name suggests, this type of contract covers a flexible arrangement where no minimum number of working hours needs to be offered by the employer or worked by the worker. This type of contract may mean that such a worker has fewer legal rights, affecting things like sick pay and the ability to claim unfair dismissal.

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    This week we start our new series, examining key employment law concepts. ...

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    Chancellor confirms that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is to continue until October 2020.
    12th May 2020

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has today confirmed that the...

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    Everything you wanted to know about…Annual Leave…but were too afraid to ask!
    15th May 2020

    The legislation and rules surrounding annual leave can often be difficult to...

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    Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Portal Open
    20th Apr 2020

    The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme portal, allowing employers to reclaim up to...

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    Update – Further guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
    17th Apr 2020

    The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has recently announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention...

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    Workers to be allowed to carry over 4 weeks of annual leave for 2 years
    30th Mar 2020

    The government has announced it is allowing workers to carry over up...

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    Further guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
    6th Apr 2020

    Very early on Saturday morning (4 April 2020), further Government advice on...

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    Furloughing employees and your return to work.
    22nd May 2020

    An interactive Q&A session on the do’s and don’ts of the Coronavirus...

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    Everything you wanted to know about…Disciplinary Procedures…but were too afraid to ask!
    27th May 2020

    Disciplining employees is an inevitable part of running a business and needs...

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    Everything you wanted to know about…Grievances…but were too afraid to ask!
    6th Aug 2020

    From time to time, every employer will receive a grievance from one...

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    Everything you wanted to know about…Redundancy…but were too afraid to ask!
    16th Jul 2020

    No business likes making redundancies. However, when it becomes necessary to do...

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    Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – how will the scheme work between June and October 2020?
    1st Jun 2020

    Throughout May we heard a lot of talk about changes to the...

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    How to calculate your claim for flexibly furloughed employees.
    15th Jun 2020

    The Government has published a “flexible furlough” working example, which sets out...

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    Everything you wanted to know about…Discrimination…but were too afraid to ask!
    18th Jun 2020

    The majority of employers strive to promote equality and diversity in their...

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    Chancellor’s Summer Statement – a Summary
    9th Jul 2020

    Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has presented his summer statement, announcing...

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    Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Q & A
    24th Mar 2020

    We are frequently being asked questions about the new Coronavirus Job Retention...

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    What is an NDA and why are they in the news?
    12th Jul 2019

    You may have seen many headlines recently discussing NDAs. The abbreviation stands...

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    BBC taken to tribunal over unequal pay
    7th Nov 2019

    Samira Ahmed, presenter for the BBC, has claimed that the BBC are...

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    Footballer appealing decision to dismiss him over a car crash which left him injured – while his two colleagues were fined.
    11th Nov 2019

    Richard Keogh, a 33-year-old footballer, has had his contract terminated by Derby...

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    Cricket Australia has introduced maternity leave for the first time – how do your maternity rights compare?
    18th Nov 2019

    Prior to the new maternity policy, which has been three years in...

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    Pochettino shown the red card by Spurs: the law on unfair dismissal
    22nd Nov 2019

    On Wednesday evening Mauricio Pochettino was sacked as Tottenham’s manager after five...

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    Political pledges and proposed policies on Employment Law
    3rd Dec 2019

    In one of our previous articles on 21 November, we detailed some...

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    The clown in the room – The right to be accompanied to meetings in the UK
    17th Sep 2019

    But even if an employee thought it was a good idea to...

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    Encouraging employee-commitment through long service benefits
    12th Aug 2019

    Employee benefits are non-cash provisions that are of financial value and cost...

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    Judge rules against employee who lost job over transgender tweets
    20th Dec 2019

    Is a belief that there are two biological sexes in humans, and...

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    Coronavirus: Workers will receive statutory sick pay from first day off work
    4th Mar 2020

    Boris Johnson has today announced that workers in the UK will be...

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    Advice for Employers during the Coronavirus Outbreak
    18th Mar 2020

    Coronavirus: New SSP Regs re self-isolation   The Statutory Sick Pay (General)...

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    Government to pay up to 80% of wages in Coronavirus outbreak:
    20th Mar 2020

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has this evening announced unprecedented economic measures to help...

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    Former investment banker wins age discrimination case against Citigroup Inc.
    20th Jan 2020

    Mr Niels Kirk, a former investment banker at Citibank, was unfairly dismissed...

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    Do I have to offer flexible working?
    5th Feb 2020

    As we continue to progress towards an ever more modern working world,...

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