Employment Contract Lawyer
LLM, LPC & LLB (Hons) Private: Shereen Murphy
Legally reviewed by: LLM, LPC & LLB (Hons) Private: Shereen Murphy
We are not currently offering Employment advice services. The following is for informational purposes only.

When starting a new job role, it is worth reading and reviewing your contract. This way you can make sure the contract reflects your current job expectations and brings awareness to any conditions that might affect you in the future. For example, your employment contract should cover how to leave your employment and include details such as notice periods. An Employment Contract lawyer can help to review your contract as well as provide any legal advice for issues related to your employment.

What is an Employment Contract?

An employment contract is a legally binding contract between an employer and an employee or worker. It details the conditions of your employment and covers aspects such as your working hours, salary, and benefits. An example of an employment contract could be a ‘contract of employment or a ‘contract of service’.

A contract can be agreed upon verbally or in writing.

Can an Employment Contract Lawyer Review My Contract?

When starting new employment it is important to review your employment contract. An employment contract lawyer will help read through your contract so you can fully understand what you are legally binding yourself to before signing anything. On some occasions, contracts are written in a way that heavily favours the employer over the employee. An employment contract lawyer will be able to provide experience and employment law knowledge to assess your contract and advise you whether it has been made in your best interest or if changes should be made to it before you sign it.

While reviewing your contract, an employment contract lawyer will also check to make sure it complies with all legal requirements. In addition, they will check whether the contract complies with the specific terms of the benefits package, including termination provisions.

Furthermore, a lawyer will review any restrictive covenants to assure they are not too restrictive. Sometimes a contract will have ‘non-compete’ covenants. This can stop you from being able to work with a competitor or set yourself up in competition with your employer after you have left the company.

Our solicitors understand that when it comes to contracts, a quick reply is often required. Therefore, our solicitors respond quickly to contract review requests and help you to negotiate better terms if needed.

Request a callback or call us on 0800 999 2220 for expert legal advice on your employment contract.

What Services Do We Offer?

Starting a New Role

If you have been offered a new job role, we can review your contract and provide any advice needed. We can help you to negotiate changes to your contract if they do not reflect the terms and package you were promised.

If you are starting your new role as a director, you will have additional duties. Therefore you often sign a service agreement instead of an employment contract. An employment contract lawyer will help you to understand any obligations before you sign the agreement. It is important that you understand the terms to ensure what you are legally committing to.

Changes To Your Employment Contract

In some cases, your employer may try to change the terms of your contract. If this has happened to you, we can advise you on your rights. For your employer to make changes to your contract, they must consult with you or your representative, explain the reasoning behind the proposed changes and listen to any alternative solutions.

If the changes to your contract will negatively impact you, we can help you make a breach of contract claim or an unfair dismissal claim if the circumstances of the new contract has left you no choice but to leave employment. You should always seek legal advice before you refuse to work or resign in protest. Our solicitors can help you if your contract was changed without you being consulted.

Self-Employment Contracts

In some cases, you may find that you are signed up to a “self-employment” contract. This contract treats you as an employee without the benefits such as holiday pay or sickness pay. This is called the “Gig Economy.” An employment contract lawyer can help you dispute your employment status if you feel your employer is taking advantage of you.

How Does a Change of Ownership Affect My Contract?

If the company you work for is sold or transferred to another owner, it is common for the new employer to try and change your contract. Under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations law, (also known as TUPE), your contractual rights are protected. Therefore, you can make an employment contract claim if employer to change your contract without you knowing.

Why Choose an AWH Solicitors Employment Contract Lawyer?

At AWH Solicitors we offer a free 20-minute employment consultation. We’ll give you advice on your problem at work on a no-obligation basis. Our specialist employment team are here to help and provide you with a quick and effective initial assessment on a range of employment disputes.

Our employment contract lawyers can help whether you want a legal expert to check your contract when it is renewed or if you need to take your employer to court for a contractual breach.

We understand that disputing a contract can be an overwhelming experience. This can be made worse if you are adapting to a new job or the contract has led to resignation. Therefore, our employment solicitors will handle your case with care and expert guidance.

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