Employment_

Employment_

At Beswicks Legal we provide specialist legal support on all employment matters for senior managers, executives, professionals, directors and shareholders.

We are highly experienced and responsive legal advisors; ready to support you on all aspects of employment law; protecting your career and your financial interests.

The team has extensive experience advising clients on their rights and we will work with you to maximise your exit, without incurring any extra cost to you.

What can we do to help you?_

We provide our clients with high quality, clear and practical legal advice which achieves the best possible result, without hidden fees.

Our support and advice is tailored to your needs rather than being straight out of a text book. If you would like to discuss a particular issue, contact us today, a member of our employment team will be pleased to help you.

Settlement Agreements_

Formerly known as a compromise agreement, settlement agreements are used to bring your employment to an end on mutually agreed terms. They often involve payment of a sum of “compensation” by your employer, on the basis that you won’t bring any claims against them.

The agreement is a way to draw a line under everything that has gone before it and for you and your employer to move on.

Beswicks has considerable expertise in advising on and negotiating settlement agreements. We pride ourselves on offering quality advice which is easily accessible and without legal jargon.

5 Top Tips on Settlement Agreements_

  1. Without independent legal advice the agreement will not be binding!
  2. The payment you receive may be subject to tax; normally the first £30k is tax free.
  3. Don’t tell everyone about your agreement. It is almost always a term of the agreement that you don’t discuss the existence of it, never mind the terms themselves.
  4. If you believe you have a claim against your employer, really think before you sign, there is no going back.
  5. Employers often pay for, or contribute to the costs for your legal advice – so there is no cost to you!

 

 

Reviewing and drafting employment contracts or consultancy agreements_

Have you been offered a contract of employment or consultancy agreement?

It is crucial that you understand, and are happy with the terms and conditions on offer. At Beswicks Legal we review such contracts on your behalf, helping you to negotiate any changes should your position need improvement.

We also advise on any proposed amendments to existing contracts and provide legal representation where your contract has been breached.

Fees_

We can offer fixed fee services or bespoke quotes can be arranged for negotiations or representation.

Beswicks also has a suite of documents on our website which can be purchased and tailored for your needs without the need for several meetings. See the Online Services page.

Post-termination restrictions_

Post termination restrictions (sometimes known as restrictive covenants) prevent you from undertaking certain activities once you have left your employer. Designed to protect the interests of businesses, restrictive covenants are typically imposed on senior employees, and those with access to sensitive information or relationships.

However, restrictive covenants can be a legal minefield and unless carefully drafted, may not be legally binding. Likewise, overly zealous employers may find that the restrictions imposed go too far and will not be upheld in a court of law.

If you are unhappy about the restraints placed upon you post-termination, we can advise on whether they are valid, and whether they are likely to be upheld. We can also support and represent you if you are being pursued over a breach of restrictive covenant.

Director Duties_

Being a director brings with it more duties and legal obligations than people expect. Breach of these duties can have serious repercussions including payment of fines and damages.

At Beswicks Legal we can advise you on your duties, liabilities and the general practical implications prior to, during and after your appointment.

If the unfortunate happens, we can also advise and represent you if you were to be pursued over a breach of duty.

Boardroom, shareholder and professional partnership/LLP disputes_

It is never pleasant when disputes arise and it can be further complicated when shareholder and internal company disputes take hold. Not only do they take up everybody’s time but they can be damaging to everyone involved and risk dissolution of the company.

From negotiation to litigation, Beswicks Legal can provide expert, practical and commercially sensitive legal advice to help you to protect your business.

Where possible, we can advise from the outset, with the intention of avoiding the dispute in the first place. With prevention better than cure, we work with you to help ensure the necessary agreements and structures are in place to prevent such disputes from occurring.

 

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