Employment Contract
Solicitors

Goughs are the obvious choice when looking for a business contracts lawyer

Wiltshire’s leading employment
contract lawyers

Why are employment
contracts so important?

All employees, regardless of the number of hours they work per week, are entitled to receive a written statement detailing the terms and conditions of employment from their employer, on or before starting work.

Contracts go far beyond the legal necessity, they provide protection and peace of mind to all parties so everyone knows where they stand.

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What do the contracts for my employees need to include?

Under Section 1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, an employment contract must include the following. However, this is by no means an exhaustive list and there are variables that may affect you, your business and your employees so we would strongly advise that you get in contact for further advice and details. For example, for more senior positions you may wish to consider post-termination restrictive clauses.

The names of you as the employer and the employee

The date of commencement of employment

The amount of pay and the frequency of payment, eg – weekly or monthly

The hours of work

Holiday entitlement

Notice entitlement

The title of the job and where it is based

What the disciplinary, dismissal and grievance procedures are in the workplace

Sickness entitlement

Details and eligibility for the employer’s occupational pension scheme, if there is one

Digmore Sid

Excellent service

I engaged the services of Goughs Solicitors in Trowbridge, in particular Ailie Peacock, to act on my behalf for the sale of my house. Ailie was always clear with her advice, acted in a timely manor and answered any questions I had almost immediately. She was very proactive in dealing with the other parties involved in a slightly convoluted chain.

Ailie also managed a very late request from our buyers with calm efficiency and the utmost professionalism. The end result was a smooth sale and completion, with remarkably little stress on our part. I would not hesitate from using them again.

2021-02-27

Margaret Wilson

Clear concise advice

Quick response to e-mails or phone calls. Will certainly use again in the near future. Clear concise advice patiently given!

2021-03-09

Mr Ian Liddle

Excellent service

Excellent service as usual.

2021-04-01

Alan

Superb once again.

Superb once again. Goughs provides outstanding service... professional in getting the job done and conducted with grace and care. Thank you Goughs!

2021-04-01

Ashley Stone

Rhianna Cole

The solicitor I dealt with at Goughs, Rhianna Cole, was an absolute star, I cannot fault her in any way at all. She made everything in the situation I was in so easy to understand, and she guided me through an extremely stressful time, with extreme professionalism, yet a very personal and sensitive touch. Can't big them up enough.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

2021-04-01

Matt Saunders

Made first-time buying a (relatively) simple process!

Sophie was very attentive and responsive and understood the need to act quickly in regard to our purchase process. She was diligent with the paperwork and was very easy to talk to and clear at explaining what was required in terms of action from our side and from the seller.

2021-04-08

Testimonials

David Philpott

Personable and professional.  Kevin is a contemporary and relevant employment lawyer.

2020-05-14

Mr & Mrs C

Friendly exact explanations on all legal aspects, helpful throughout and always with a smile.

2020-08-05

CH

Very approachable.  Kevin's advice was explained in a clear and concise manner, without a lot of technical jargon.

2020-05-14

TH

I could not have wished for a more professional dedicated team, I am so grateful for all their help and support, I would highly recommend Goughs solicitors to family and friends.

2020-07-07

Most popular business
employment questions

Yes you can, and for a number of different reasons. You can be in breach of contract if you do something that doesn’t match what’s outlined under the terms of the employment contract. This can include:

  1. Making unauthorised changes to the contract
  2. Not following the correct procedures as outlined in the contract
  3. Failing to pay monies owed such as salary.

As an employer you aren’t permitted to make changes to an employee’s working hours, job duties or rate of pay in the employment contract without notifying the employee, and in many cases reaching agreement.

Yes. It is a statutory requirement to provide written terms and conditions (know as “particulars”) before you start work.

At Goughs, our employment specialists can draft and tailor contracts and policies to fit your business needs, whilst ensuring they are reasonable and enforceable. We can help with both writing and reviewing existing contracts and advising on breach of employment contract issues. 

We have built up many years of experience and our team not only offer advice to businesses but also advise on broader business planning issues and sit on various advisory boards, ensuring that our advice and expertise looks beyond the contract itself and ensures all advice really is in the best interest of the future of the business.

Why you should put your business in Goughs hands

Locality

With offices throughout Wiltshire, we are here for face to face, or virtual appointments at a time to suit you.

Knowledge

We draw from a wide range of disciplines to support you in keeping your business moving forward.

Experience

Goughs have been providing legal services to businesses across the south west since 1882.

Your employment law team

Rebecca Dennis

Senior Associate, Head of Employment

Rebecca's professional background is unique in that she worked for more than 20 years as a barrister providing legal advice, drafting and advocacy for her clients and more recently provided specialist trouble-shooting services on employment law and employee relations at a leading international HR outsourcing company. She is now proud to lead the Employment Department at Goughs.

Kevin Basnett

Managing Partner

As the firm's managing partner Kevin deals with employment law matters in a pragmatic and logical manner to offer realistic, fair and reasonable recommendations to all clients.

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