Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – Breach of Contract
Dealing with a situation involving breach of contract can be daunting for employees – who may fear they could lose their job, or be penalised in some way, if they complain to their employer about a breach of their contract of employment.
Section 1 of Employment Rights Act 1996 provides that an employer shall give a written statement of particulars to the employee not later than two months after beginning of the employment.
Terms of an employment contract may be set out in writing – or may be implied or included in materials, such as a job description, job advertisement, or in-house job guidelines.
An employment contract might cover any aspect of a job, from the location an employee works at – to holidays, sick pay and any training needed and agreed to.
It is very important that both the employee and their employer understand and agree the terms of the contract.
It is also important to understand that there may be terms implied regarding the contract, even though they are not expressly stated – for example, a duty of trust between employer and employee.
If a dispute arises between an employee and their employer, the contract will usually be the initial focus in any discussions or mediation and the following will be considered:
- Formation of the contract
- Terms of the contract (including implied terms)
- Changes to contractual terms
- Remedies for breach of contract.
Terms of a contract implied rather than stated in writing might include:
- Working with due diligence and care
- Mutual trust and confidence
- Health and safety
- Redress for grievance.
How to complain to an employer about breach of contract
Initially, it is a good idea to try and address any issues with an employer directly before deciding to take legal action and make a claim for breach of contract.
An employee can raise the matter with a line manager – or write to a more senior member of staff such as a director. Approaching a Trade Union representative or staff association at work is also another way to tackle a breach of contract issue.
A matter can also be referred to mediation or an Employment Tribunal if it is not possible to settle the matter directly with an employer.
Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – How we can help you
Duncan Lewis can advise at any stage of an employment law matter involving breach of contract – and can advise on mediation in breach of contract disputes.
Duncan Lewis employment lawyers act on behalf of claimants and respondents in all Employment Tribunal related matters.
Our employment team can represent all types of employers, both large and small – as well as individual employees and collective employees in matters relating to the Employment Rights Act 1996 and breach of contract claims.
Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – Fees
Duncan Lewis employment law solicitors operate a transparent fee scale – and can offer a range of competitively priced funding options for claimants and respondents:
- Damage based fee
- Contingency fee
- Fixed fees (for specific tasks)
- Insurance funded cases.
Some cases can also be funded with Home Contents Insurance or Contents/Buildings Insurance with Employment Protection Cover.
Duncan Lewis believes clients should always know what they will be paying – and will advise on the best funding option at the initial client meeting.
Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – When to contact us
If you have a problem with employment involving breach of contract, it is important to take legal advice and find out what your rights are.
Duncan Lewis can offer clear legal advice on employment law at any stage of an employment matter, including breach of contract claims.
Duncan Lewis also has a successful track record in advising companies and employers on employment matters and disputes.
The sooner you call us, the sooner we can help with an employment claim.
Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – How to contact us
Duncan Lewis has offices nationwide and in most major cities, with more than 20 offices across London and the southeast.
For expert legal advice on employment law and breach of contract claims, call Duncan Lewis employment solicitors on 020 7923 4020.