Employment contracts & handbooks

Employment contracts & handbooks

"[Shoosmiths] works hard to make your policies as robust as possible to minimize the likelihood of claims arising in the first place."


We believe a well drafted employment contract is an employer's greatest asset when it comes to employing people.

A comprehensive staff handbook is a vital complementary document in which an employer can set down policies, procedures and rules in more detail.

Being absolutely clear about both parties' rights and duties at the outset can prevent disputes later on and, if issues do arise, having the power to manage them effectively will reduce uncertainty for everyone involved.

There is no such thing as a standard employment contract, as every employer is different and will have its own needs and requirements.

Our dedicated team will take the time to understand your business and to consider how best to protect it contractually.

Our experience also enables us to provide input and advice that will ensure your documentation is right up to date and suitable for your industry and your workforce.

Over time, things can change, and of course the law changes too, which is why we often review our clients' existing documentation for compliance, and suggest updating where required.

Work highlights

  • Carrying out a full review and redraft of the employee handbook for a well known national food manufacturer and providing training to the HR team on the content and effect of the changes
  • Preparing new service agreements for a senior management team on behalf of a venture capital client acquiring a national hardware manufacturing business
  • Drafting a new drugs and alcohol policy for an international services client, taking into account specific concerns and issues that had arisen so as to ensure that the policy would fully meet its needs