Employment Contracts, Directors Service Agreements and Staff Handbooks

All employees have a legal right to receive their contract of employment when starting a new job. These are essential documents setting out the rights and obligations for both employer and employee.

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When offering job to a new employee or promoting an existing member of staff, it is vital to make sure both parties understand what the contract says and to make sure that there are not any errors or omissions.

A director has certain rights and obligations arising as an employee, as well as being director of the company and it is advised to have these specified in a directors service agreement.

Contracts of employment should also be supplemented by a staff handbook or separate policies and procedures, that set out how broader HR and employment issues will be dealt with on a day to day basis.

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For a free initial discussion and a no-obligation quote, get in touch with us today by simply calling us on 0203 282 6675 or email us at info@surenity.co.uk and one of our employment solicitors will get back to you.

Employment Contracts

Your relationship with your employees is vital to your business success. Our employment solicitors can help draft robust contracts which strengthen your company.

Having a contract professionally drafted can be hugely beneficial. This is so you can ensure that the contract is appropriate for the employee, their role and seniority in the company.

Employment law issues can become costly, time-consuming, and stressful if you do not handle them quickly and professionally. Having properly drafted contracts in place can help you avoid employment related problems form the outset. 

Directors Service Agreements

Businesses of all sizes employ key people to act as directors. Executive directors have significant powers and responsibility for numerous aspects of running a business, it is, therefore, essential that a director’s rights and duties are correctly specified and agreed in a contract.

Employment contracts for directors are commonly known as service contracts or service agreements. Our team of solicitors and can draft bespoke agreements and negotiate the terms of a service contract with the other party on your behalf. 

Alternatively, we can provide clear and practical advice for both employees and employers regarding any aspect of the agreement and highlight potential issues.

Without any clear documentation setting out how such situations will be dealt with, it can be difficult to separate these roles if the relationship between the director and the business breaks down.

While having such an agreement is not a legal requirement, it is a vital document that creates certainty for the director and the company, allowing both parties to be protected in situations of dispute or disagreements.

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Staff Handbooks

As well as the contract of employment, it is advised that employers also have a Staff or Company Handbook which sets out their working practices and any expectations that they have for their employees. Although it is not mandatory, there are some policies and procedures that we would advise that every employer should have.

Such policies include:

  • Bribery & Anti-Corruption Policy
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Family leave policy
  • IT security & Privacy policy
  • Money Laundering Reporting
  • Sickness policy
  • Smoking Policy
  • Social media policy

We can work closely with you to put in place new contracts and bespoke handbooks from scratch. We can also work with your existing documents, to review and update them.

How Surenity Can Help

We can assist you to protect your business by producing bespoke contracts, director’s service agreements and staff handbooks. We will work with you to understand the unique issues affecting your business and to determine the protections you will need to include within the agreements.


“Surenity are sharp and commercially focused employment lawyers”.

Fix Flo

“We instructed Surenity to review our staff handbook and employment contracts. We were really happy with the service provided and felt that the work done added real value to our business”.

Edify Digital Media

“We instructed Surenity to provide us with employment law advice relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. The advice was easy to understand and pragmatic.”

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Staff Handbook for a Growing Company

We acted for a company in the construction industry who were growingly rapidly and needed the correct policies in place to make sure they were compliant with employment legislation.  We drafted a bespoke staff handbook that covered all the policies they could need in the future.  The client was delighted to have clarity moving forwards with an easy to follow handbook including grievance, disciplinary and a host of other policies.  Our form of staff handbook was previously commented on by the Employment Tribunal as being “extremely thorough”.

How to Get in Contact

For a free initial discussion and a no-obligation quote, get in touch with us today by simply calling us on +44 203 282 6675 or email us at info@surenity.co.uk and one of our employment solicitors will get back to you.

We specialise in employment law and have an excellent reputation across the country. We can assist wherever you are in the based and we also have offices in central London.

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