Employment contracts and service agreements

When your job role changes, be it with a new or current employer, your contractual terms will change too. It’s vital that you are aware of the impact on your situation and we can help to explain these changes and identify any issues to ensure your employment rights are protected.

Contractual terms are either express or implied. Express terms are specifically agreed with your employer whilst implied terms through the custom and practice of an organisation or by common law.

Contracts themselves can be either written or oral. By its nature, it is harder to prove the terms of an oral contract and, in such cases, you can request a written statement of your basic terms, relating to hours of work, holiday entitlement etc. which you should receive within the two months of starting with your employer.

If you are also a Director of the Company then you are likely to be issued with a service agreement, which is in essence a senior contract for Board members.  A service agreement is likely to contain more detailed provisions relating to confidentiality, intellectual property rights and post-termination restrictive covenants.

Please do get in touch if you would like a member of our team to advise you on the terms of your employment contract or service agreement or if you need our assistance in negotiating changes.