Contracts of Employment

Contracts of Employment

In order to ensure that employees are fairly treated and properly protected, employers are required to comply with employment law.

Our specialist employment lawyers can offer guidance, advice and represent you in Employment Tribunals where necessary.

Employment law support

As of 6 April 2020, your  employer has a legal obligation to provide you with a statement of your main terms and conditions from the first day of your employment . If they fail to provide this, they could be liable to a penalty and you may be able to make a claim against them at an Employment Tribunal.

Contracts of employment are legally-binding and provide a clear set of terms and conditions under which you are employed. We can review your existing contract to establish your legal position and provide you with advice. Specific points for consideration should include:

  • Your notice period
  • An employer’s right to make deductions from your wages
  • Medical examinations for those on long term sick leave
  • Garden leave provisions
  • Restrictive covenants

Long term absence

We can help to protect you against unfair dismissal and discrimination should you need to go on long-term sick leave.

Your employer must ensure that you have received proper documentation and that they have met their significant obligations, otherwise you may be able to pursue a claim against them.

Staff handbooks

You should have been given a staff handbook at the start of your employment that details your employer’s HR policies and procedures.

We can review your employer’s policies on such matters as maternity leave, sickness absence, bullying and harassment and disciplinary and grievance procedures. We can advise you whether such policies comply with the law and provide you with adequate protection.

Contact us

Whether you want to protect your rights, negotiate favourable terms & conditions or pursue compensation, Verisona Law has considerable experience negotiating and resolving employment issues.

Contact us today on 02392 98 1000 or email us at connect@verisonalaw.com

Our team

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Sue Ball
Principal Lawyer, Head of Employment & Southern Region

Sue is Head of Employment & Southern Region. Praised for her combination of common sense and expert knowledge, she offers advice to commercial clients on all employment matters and has also handled complex cases for individual employees.

From defending claims for damages and allegations of breached restrictive covenants or franchise agreements, to helping a multi-national organisation achieve the favourable resolution of a claim from its former CEO, Sue has successfully represented clients in the civil courts and at employment tribunal.

Sue enjoys sharing her legal and HR knowledge with organisations in the fast-moving world of sport, particularly football. As an experienced member of Verisona Law’s Football and Sports Law team, Sue understands the issues that are specific to the industry and deals with the many legal elements involved in employment contracts for non-playing staff at a very senior level. She regularly gives advice and support to individuals in contractual negotiations and disputes with Clubs in the Premiership, Championship and lower divisions. She also provides employment and HR advice to Clubs.

Sue is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, and is a specialist trained ADR workplace mediator.

Sue is recommended in the Legal 500 2019.

Client testimonials

“Sue was easy to deal with and offered all options available. Jane was in contact beforehand to tell me what information was needed and also Sue was prepared for our meeting. I cannot praise Sue and Jane enough and would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Sue and her team.”
Mr B, February 2018

“I can thoroughly recommend Sue Ball who has provided me with very clear professional advice on a contractual settlement I needed assistance on. The advice was delivered in a very warm & friendly manner & I would have no hesitation in using her services in future.”
Mr Hadadda

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Jane Pethick
Team Assistant - Employment & Corporate & Commercial

Jane works as a Team Assistant to both the Corporate & Commercial and Employment teams. Jane provides day to day support transcribing documents and being the first point of contact for clients.

Jane started work as an Office Junior in Dyer Burdett, which later joined forces with Grey Purdue to become Verisona Law in 2008.

In her spare time Jane enjoys socialising with friends and family and spending time with her French Bulldog, Ernie.