Employer making changes to your contract
During employment you may require advice on changes which your employer is seeking to impose, and whether those changes are authorised by your contract, and, if not, what your options are.
Ending your employment
If you’re thinking of ending your employment, or you are at risk of dismissal by your employer, we can advise on express/implied duties in your contract which may be relevant to the circumstances of your leaving (for example implied duties of loyalty or if you are a senior employee then possible fiduciary duties which will be relevant if you are intending to move to a competitor or are part of a team move).
You may also require advice on the enforceability of post termination restrictions (restrictive employment covenants) in your contract. These clauses are used by employers to restrict your activities for a period of time after you leave (non-compete provisions, non-soliciting/dealing with clients, non-poaching of key employees) but aren’t always enforceable. We can advise you on whether or not the restrictions in your contract can be enforced.
Starting a new job
When you’re starting a new job we can advise on and explain new contract terms. We can suggest points to negotiate with your prospective employer, or negotiate directly on your behalf. Typical areas of focus are payment arrangements (particularly bonuses, incentives and commission arrangements), probationary periods, termination/notice provisions, and post termination restrictions.
Contractors & freelancers
Our leading employment law solicitors can advise you if you have a contract as a contractor or a freelancer, rather than as an employee.