Contrary to popular belief, an employer doesn’t have to provide an employee with a contract of employment. However, they must provide an employee with a statement of their main terms and conditions within 2 months of the employment commencing (or within 1 month of any change).

Most employers do decide to issue contracts of employment as they can cover much more than the basic requirements of the mandatory statement of terms, for example, restrictive covenants.

When offering a role to a new employee or promoting an existing employee it’s essential to make sure you understand what the contract says – and to make sure that there aren’t any surprises.

Having a contract professionally drafted or reviewed before entering in to it can be very beneficial for you so that you can ensure that the contract is appropriate for the employee, bearing in mind their seniority and value to the business, and that it accurately reflects the agreement made between you and the employee.