Future-proofing your business with tailored employment contracts
Our team of employment law solicitors will support you with:
- Creating bespoke employment contracts. Although standard contract templates may be an attractive option in the beginning, they often have the potential to cost you more at a later date when your business is not properly protected. We understand that one size does not fit all, which is why we’ll get to know your requirements, and adapt the terms accordingly to effectively minimise risk.
- Reviewing and updating your employment contracts. Not keeping your contracts of employment and other staff policies and procedures up to date could be costly in respect of potential employment claims. We can inform you of upcoming changes to employment law which might impact your documents, advising you on how to update them to best comply and protect your business.
- Restrictive covenants. We’ll ensure you have relevant post-termination clauses as part of your contracts of employment to prevent anti-competitive behaviour once an employee has left the business. This might include, non-compete clauses, non-solicitation clauses and non-poaching clauses, for example. By including restrictive covenants at the outset of a relationship, both parties will have a clear picture of what exactly is restricted, and for how long, so that sensitive business information is protected, no matter what happens down the line.
- Employees’ duty of confidentiality clauses. We’ll put enforceable confidentiality restrictions in place to prevent an employee from using your company’s private information in any way that could damage your business. A clear-cut clause stating what sensitive information the employee cannot disclose will help reduce the risk and stress of any potential breaches of employee confidentiality arising in the future.
- Protection of your intellectual property or trade secrets. Any intellectual property created for a business is usually automatically assigned in the company itself, even if it’s created by an employee. But this is not the case for casual workers or freelancers for example. We can review or create such contracts for you so that you know your IP assets are robustly protected, and that any intellectual property created by non-employees is assigned to the company as part of their contract conditions.
- Specialised provisions for directors or directors’ service agreements. Detailed provisions are likely to be required in order to set expectations for the more complex role of a director. If required, we can help you put together a director’s service agreement, separate to that of their employment contract, so that the elements of a director’s role can be clearly established, and boundaries met, just in case a disagreement arises at a later date.
- Other employment policies and procedures or staff handbooks. As your team grows, so too does the requirement for more detailed policies and procedures that help set expectations for your employees and keep you compliant. We’ll help you set standards for your employees with professionally drafted policy documents and staff handbooks.
What our clients say
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It's been a breath of fresh air to work with Harper James Solicitors. It's like having my own in-house counsel, but at a fraction of the cost. It's an invaluable service for any small business.
For us, the support of Harper James Solicitors has been a gift. The collaboration we have had has been of tremendous importance. The service has been superb value for money.
We rely on Harper James to provide us with support across a full range of service areas, from commercial contracts and employment issues to fundraisings and investments. The team at Harper James are always available to provide us with cost effective, pragmatic and commercially focused advice.
Harper James solicitors don’t speak in the legalese which I have heard too many times from other solicitors and which is totally unhelpful. What I’m after is focused, considered advice about the specific situations that I face. By which I mean, do you think this is a good idea? Their response might be ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. One word is often all I’m looking for! My solicitor gives a view and I really value that.
Choosing Harper James was one of the best choices we made as a start-up. The firm has provided invaluable advice and insight throughout the early stages of our business.
Quite frankly I was stunned at the low cost of the service given the value it provided us.
When I heard about Harper James’s Enterprise subscription service, it struck me as being a disruptive model and I was really impressed. One of the main things about Harper James is that I actually use their services without hesitation. We’ve experienced high levels of professionalism with Harper James, and all for a reasonable cost.
Harper James swiftly solves problems with a minimum of fuss. I strongly recommend them and they are a pleasure to work with.
As with any business, we need access to good quality legal advice without the fear of facing huge legal fees. The service provided by Harper James is ideal because they are always available to assist and we know that the advice provided is of outstanding quality, with pricing that is cost effective and completely transparent.
Over the years Harper James have helped us navigate complex legal issues and red tape, providing distilled options and legal consultancy that far exceeds the service levels we’ve previously experienced from more traditional law firms. The team act like our own in-house counsel so, regardless of which lawyer we work with, we feel supported and that they truly have our best interests at heart.
Getting access to the right skills when I really need them for exactly what I need
Stephen was very helpful, pragmatic and where appropriate, entertaining. We were grateful for the way Stephen advised us in layman’s terms, showing patience to ensure we understood the transaction and were able to move to completion. I value the relationship we have developed with Harper James over the last few years and would recommend them to others.
Why seek help from our experienced employment contract solicitors?
Save time and money
Reduce time spent on trying to draft and update employment contracts yourself when you could be concentrating on running your business. In employment law, change can be fast paced. Failing to update a contract or getting things wrong subject you to risk and could be costly later down the line. We’ll advise you on your business’ employment contracts in a timely manner to ensure you have the correct foundations in place to protect your business.
Working with one of our employment contract lawyers will provide you with confidence – rest assured that the contract will be robust and adapted for your specific requirements. Unlike downloading a standardised template from the internet, an employment contract created by us will include terms that are tailored to your business and help you protect what is most vital to it, whether that’s aspects of IP or the business as a whole by drafting restrictive covenants regarding staff exiting your business.
Clarity and understanding
We have drafted employment contracts for a wide range of employers, each with their own varying needs, but what each contract has in common is that they are comprehensive, yet succinct and in plain English. Plus, our service doesn’t just stop at drafting a contract. We’ll make sure you’re confident in how to correctly apply and explain the clauses to your staff.
Who we help: Employers with growing teams across the UK
At Harper James Solicitors, we champion ambitious businesses, and are able to support them at each stage of their development. So as your team starts to grow and you need to get your HR policies off the ground, we’ll be there to support you, getting to know your requirements and aligning your employment documents with your longer term, commercial goals. By plugging any gaps in your legal knowledge or supporting you where you don’t yet have the resource, we can help you successfully build your team. We’ll help you put the legal fundamentals in place so that you know, right from the off, that you’re compliant with current legislation and not putting your business at risk.
Examples of our work
Supporting Growth Engineering’s journey from Brexit to B Corp and beyond
5 March 2021
Growth Engineering are, by their own admission, waging a war on dull online learning in a competitive global sector. Founded by trailblazing entrepreneur Juliette Denny …
Gorilla in our midst: helping Cauldron Science to scale their experiment builder
28 October 2020
Like many UK tech start-ups, Cambridge-based Cauldron Science have done battle against 2020’s hostile forces and come out on top. Coronavirus may have prevented many …
Helping scale-up Qudini cast its spell on the in-store customer experience
23 July 2020
As the story goes, the retail tech scale-up Qudini was born following an O2-sponsored hackathon in 2012 and it’s reached for the stars ever since. …
Why choose Harper James Solicitors?
We have an experienced employment team who are well versed in dealing with contentious and non-contentious matters before, during, at the end of and after employment. While we take a proactive approach to protecting our clients, our team are also particularly skilled at understanding and dealing with complex legal situations promptly and providing advice in a friendly and down to earth way. Our lawyers also have particular expertise in dealing with TUPE transfers, employment matters linked to sales and acquisitions of companies, collective redundancies, and large-scale restructures. Find out more about the team here:
Employment Law Partner
Simon acts for employers of all sizes, particularly tech and manufacturing, and specialises in managing people matters, including TUPE, sales and acquisitions of companies, and restructures/redundancies.View profile
Employment Law Solicitor
Previously a director in top 50 national firm Shakespeare Martineau, Alan specialises in restraint of trade issues, TUPE, shareholder and disputes at board level.View profile
Employment Law Solicitor
Sean previously worked for a leading national law firm in the employment team, ranked tier 1 in the Legal 500. He advises employers on all aspects of employment law from TUPE to tribunals.View profile
Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:
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