As your trusted employment law advisor, our Solicitors have many years of experience and expertise in resolving matters involving breaches of employment contracts. Breaches of contract can present many challenges for employers, whatever sector they are operating in. You can be assured that no matter how complex or contentious the alleged employment contract breach, our team will provide clear, strategic guidance and representation to resolve the matter as quickly, cost-effectively, and amicably as possible. We will ensure your legal position and reputation are protected while providing the most robust defence possible if you have been accused of a breach of an employment contract. If an employee has breached their employment contract, having the support of an expert team of employment lawyers in advance of any potentially contentious discussions or steps you plan to take relating to their conduct can be hugely beneficial.
As a full-service law firm, we will work as a seamless extension of your in-house legal and HR teams, offering the highest level of employment contract legal expertise, support, and guidance.
An employment contract is a legally binding agreement between you and your employee. It will usually be in written form, but verbal contracts are also legally binding, although they can be more difficult to enforce if disputes arise as it is harder to determine the nature of the agreed terms.
Employment contracts contain express and implied terms, which can include:
Both employer and employee can breach a contract of employment. Either party may sue the other if losses result from the breach of contract. An employment contract may be breached in the following ways:
Gross misconduct is deliberate wrongdoing or gross negligence on the part of an employee. This is behaviour that is so serious that it fundamentally undermines the relationship of trust and confidence that must exist between an employer and their employee. Gross misconduct gives the employer the right to dismiss the employee without notice. This is known as summary dismissal.
Dismissal is deemed wrongful if it breaches the terms of an employment contract. In cases of wrongful dismissal, the main issue is not about fairness; rather, it is about whether a term within the contract, whether express or implied, has been breached. An employee may be able to bring a claim for damages in respect of wrongful dismissal if they can show that the employer breached their contract of employment and caused them loss when dismissing them. Wrongful dismissal claims may occur following an actual or constructive dismissal.
Types of wrongful dismissal claims include:
Wilford Smith was founded over 30 years ago and is now considered one of the UK’s most prestigious law firms, having developed a richly deserved reputation for excellence in our core areas of law, including employment and HR. We are more than just a law firm; we are your trusted legal advisor and will be there at every step of your commercial journey. You are never alone. The advice, support, and representation we provide to your business will be tailored to your needs and specific to your industry sector. You can be assured that with our team handling your employment contract breach matter, exceptional outcomes are the norm.
Our employment law teams are based in Sheffield and advise and represent clients throughout England and Wales. Contact us today on 0808 168 5813 to find out how we can help with your employment contract breach matter.
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