Employment Contracts Legal Advice


Employment is the relationship where a person (“employee”) agrees with another entity (“employer”) to follow their reasonable directions at particular times in exchange for payment (“pay”, “wages”, “salary” etc.). Employment is a very common, long-established legal relationship. It is subject to extensive statutory and case law:

  • Employment gives rise to certain rights between the parties relating to matters of social policy, such as limits on minimum wages, working hours, holidays, an entitlement to payment in many circumstances, e.g. sickness, parental situations, and also on termination of employment in many circumstances (e.g. Redundancy)
  • British Law protects some employment relationships so that they cannot be varied other than by certain methods
  • Tax authorities commonly require the employer to deduct from and account for Income Tax and employees’ National Insurance contributions from pay
  • All of the foregoing is subject to obligations on the employer to record, report and account for employment in particular ways. This is commonly undertaken by payroll services).

Where the relationship is employment, the parties will wish to, and are legally obliged to, specify the many terms in their relationship – this is especially true of senior employees expected to become a valuable party of the employer’s business. In any case, the law implies a duty on an employer (with a penalty for breach) to provide a written statement of certain employment particulars within a short time of employment commencing.

Our employment contract service for more senior employees comprises producing a full contract, including obligations of loyalty and appropriate controls including post-termination obligations not to compete or solicit.

How long will it take?

The time our work takes to conclude will depend on precisely what we are asked to do, but we would generally expect to have taken your instructions within two days of you having bought this product. We would normally expect to have produced a useable template within 4 working days. Special dispatch may be available where necessary at an extra charge.

Our work for you includes:

  • Ascertaining from you the full circumstances
  • Preparing an appropriate Employment Agreement template
  • Advising on the negotiation and execution of that form
  • Offering advice and support throughout the process.

Employment Rights Act 1996 Section 1 requires all new employees to receive a statutory form outlining their basic terms of employment, prior to their commencement of work; failure to adhere to this requirement is actionable in the Employment Tribunal with compensation for failure to adhere of up to four weeks’ basic pay (currently up to £2,100 in total). Employment Tribunals normally make an award toward the maximum level possible.

We will draft the relevant notice for you, that you should provide.

Money Matters

Employment Contract Fees

Your supplier is unregulated Mounteney Legal Services Limited, that does not charge VAT

Our work will be charged at a fixed fee of £330.

There is more about our fees on our website here

If you have any questions or require any further information, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.

Stautory Terms  notice fees are £250