We advise individuals who are about to start a new job or are thinking of moving to a new employer. We can help with any issues you may have in relation to this, including:

  • the terms of your contract of employment
  • benefits
  • pensions
  • share options
  • the impact of restrictive covenants
  • adequate protection against dismissal

If you are thinking of changing jobs, it is a good idea to take advice from an employment specialist on the proposed new contract of employment and any benefits you have been offered before you sign. Moving from one employer to another often means giving up (at least initially) the right not to be unfairly dismissed and you should therefore be ensuring that you are adequately protected.

You may also need to check whether the move might place you in breach of restrictive covenants in your current contract (or of any other obligations you might owe your current employer), particularly if other members of your team are moving to the same new employer.

We also regularly advise employees in relation to their entitlements, including share options, commission or bonus entitlements, permanent health insurance, and pensions.

Occasionally, action taken against an employee who is a minority shareholder may give that employee an argument that his minority shareholder rights have been prejudiced.  Such claims can be brought in the High Court.

Our team

We are one of a relatively small number of employment law teams that is highly recommended in Legal 500 (the independent legal research directory), which notes that:

  • we frequently handle ‘high-value senior executive employment cases’” (2015)
  • we are "extremely thorough and client-focused" (2014)
  • we "have a strong practice representing both senior executives and employers" (2014)
  • our employment team "provides 'exemplary' service'" (2013)
  • we are "'more alive to the issues' than some competitors and a regular opponent of heavyweight firms'" (2012)
  • We are a six-strong team of specialist employment lawyers with experience over the whole field of employment law, including high-profile employment cases with media interest
  • Matters we have dealt with recently include possible team moves from one bank to another (involving complex issues to do with restrictive covenants, confidentiality and fidelity), comparing and structuring packages to ensure high level employees receive proper compensation for any contingent benefits they will lose as the result of a move, negotiations to reduce the risk of employees receiving disappointing discretionary bonuses, as well very routine enquiries about the meaning and effect of standard terms.

Our approach

  • We tailor our advice to suit your needs. For example, we can give one-off advice on a single term of your contract or we can represent you throughout an entire negotiating process with your new employer.
  • We balance an accurate analysis of the legal issues with commercial experience to give you the best chance of securing a satisfactory employment contract with minimal fuss.
  • We regularly act for employers as well as employees, so we have a good insight into the employer's perspective when drafting and negotiating a contract of employment.

International Bar Association

The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies.

www.ibanet.org

Employment Lawyers Association

A national membership association of over 5,000 lawyers who specialise in employment law.

www.elaweb.org.uk

European Employment Lawyers Association

EELA is an association which works to bring together practising employment lawyers across the European Union through conferences and to strengthen links between EU employment lawyers.

www.eela.org

Charges are usually based on our hourly rates plus administrative charges and disbursements. We will provide you with an initial estimate of your likely legal costs and will update this as your requirements or the circumstances of the work change.

Many of the claims we handle are funded by legal expense insurance. We can tell you how to check whether you are covered and can help in dealing with insurers.

The legal fees of many employees should be covered by legal expenses insurance which form part of home insurance policies.

We would be pleased to tailor a costs proposal accordingly.

Direct Gov

Directgov aims to provide easy access to government information and services. It does this by working closely with ministerial departments and non-departmental public bodies to collate key information all in one place.

www.direct.gov.uk

Business Link

Business Link was developed in partnership with subject experts within government and relevant business-support organisations to help companies comply with regulations and improve performance.

In October 2012, a new ‘centralised’ Government website replaced both Businesslink.gov.uk and Directgov.uk (www.gov.uk)

www.businesslink.gov.uk