Employment law

Contracts and entitlements for individuals

Contracts and entitlements

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 The Legal 500 (2023).

Our team is praised for their expertise, client service and personal manner. Clients note the team's "excellent client focus" and "client care, they are happy to discuss matters and think of commercial solutions."

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.

Employment litigation charging information

Charges are usually based on our hourly rates plus 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. The current range of hourly rates for members of the team is from £165 plus VAT to £450 plus VAT per hour.

Find out more about our pricing, including our range of hourly rates and an example fee estimate. We would be pleased to tailor a costs proposal accordingly.

Many of the claims we handle are funded by alternative means such as legal expenses insurance or so-called 'no win, no fee' arrangements. Find out more about these and other options for bringing a claim.

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Employment litigation charging information

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Get in touch

If you would like to speak with a member of the team you can contact our employment law solicitors by email, by telephone on +44 (0)20 3826 7512 or complete our enquiry form below.

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