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.


“Gareth was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and practical in the advice he gave me. The issue was resolved very quickly and to my full satisfaction. I am happy to recommend the firm for any employment concerns.”

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  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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Why choose the mlplaw team?

  • Unparalleled Experience and Expertise

We are vastly experienced, Legal-500 recommended
legal experts who live and breathe Employment Law. We provide no-nonsense, commercial advice, achieving
successful outcomes for employers.

  • Your business, your service

Your business is unique, as are the challenges it faces.
That’s why our approach is always as unique as your business itself.

We don’t like one-size-fits-all strategies. We’re all about crafting tailored strategies that fit your specific needs.

Communication is key. We’re fluent in plain language and have no time for legal jargon. We believe in complete transparency and proactivity, providing you with a clear path and fixed fees so you’re never caught off guard.

  • We are proactive and keep your options open

Most businesses only call their lawyers when things go wrong. By then, it may be too late. We know that prevention is always better than the cure. We work with you proactively to identify vulnerabilities, mitigate risks and ensure successful outcomes before problems arise. We save you time, money and the stress that comes with handling legal issues.

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