Employment Contracts & Staff Handbooks

Our experience shows that employees (and of course their legal advisers) are far less likely to pursue any legal claim against a company if their rights and obligations are clearly defined from the outset.

In cases where they do elect to proceed, the defending employer is in a much stronger position if they are able to show that the relevant policies and procedures have been rigorously adhered to.
A well drafted contract of employment, coupled with a suite of clear policies provides a relatively inexpensive investment in good staff relations.

It will potentially save thousands of pounds in the long run as a company will be much better protected against employee compensation claims and the possibility of having to pay a settlement as part of a settlement agreement.

Our contracts are fully legally compliant and leave no room for an employee to make an unwarranted claim. We also recognise that every business is different, so we take care to assist in the creation of contracts that are relevant to the company and industry in question.

Employment tribunals expect the modern employer to operate core policies covering discipline, grievances and equality and diversity as well as other policies relevant to the business.

Implementing an employment/staff handbook is now widely regarded as a basic necessity. It is harder for employers to defend claims on the basis that they acted ‘fairly’ or that they did not discriminate on grounds of sex, age, race, religion, etc if they have not implemented and observed good employment practices.

Employment contracts

Employment Contracts and Staff Handbooks

Well drafted contracts of employment and policies, tailored to your business, not only provide certainty in the employment relationship, they present a positive image of a slick and well run organisation in the eyes of regulators, potential investors and buyers. In order to make sure this important task is taken care of, speak to our employment solicitors at for advice on getting your employment contracts right.

For help and assistance on queries relating to staff manuals, contact our Employment team on 0161 832 6131 or get in touch by filling out one of our online enquiry forms.

Find out more on our Employment Law page.


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