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Employment Contracts for Employees

Lavelle Partners’ award-winning Employment Law Team have been advising employees for over 35 years.

Irish employment law is ever-changing and increasingly complex. Our team have developed a reputation for their ability to provide practical advice based on real-world insight in a constantly evolving working world.

Employment contracts are particularly complex, especially for employees, with many unclear on the finer details of their contracts. Our team have extensive experience in reviewing employment contracts and working with employees of all levels, including senior executives and company directors.

We can assist with matters including:

  • General terms of employment contracts
  • Restrictive covenants (including confidentiality agreements)
  • Director’s terms of employment & director’s service contracts
  • Employment contract disputes.

How we can help with employment contracts:

Advice on the general terms of an employment contract

Whether you have been asked to sign a new employment contract or have a concern about the terms of an existing contract, we can review and advise on your options. We also have extensive experience in representing employees during contract negotiations, ensuring our clients are happy with the end result.

Restrictive covenants

It is increasingly common for employment contracts to include clauses known as ‘restrictive covenants’ that go beyond the standard terms of employment. Examples of restrictive covenants include:

  • Non-competition clauses – barring an employee from working for a competitor for a set period of time after their current employment ends.
  • Confidentiality agreements – specifying that an employee must not share information about the business, its activities and other sensitive matters with third-parties.
  • Non-solicitation clauses – preventing an employee who leaves from enticing other employees to do the same.

Find out more about our expertise with restrictive covenants.

Employment contracts for directors & directors service contracts

Our employment contract lawyers regularly advise both executive and non-executive directors on the terms of their employment or service contracts with a business.

Employment contract disputes

Where a dispute has arisen over an employment contract, our employment team can review your contract and advise on how it applies to the dispute. We can then support you in pursuing a fair resolution to your dispute, including through options such as a settlement agreements and alternative dispute resolution which may allow you to achieve an amicable solution quickly and cost-effectively.

Where appropriate, we can assist with referring an employment contract dispute to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) or the Labour Court. Should this be necessary, our team can assist with preparing your case and we can represent you during any hearings that take place.

Our employment contract advice fees

The cost of dealing with an employment contract matter will depend on the circumstances, including the complexity of the issues, as well as the time and level of expertise required.

During your initial consultation with our employment contract lawyers, we will discuss the likely costs involved in dealing with your matter and your options for funding our legal advice. You can then make an informed decision about how you want to move forward.

*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance with RE.8 of SI 518 of 2002.

Our expertise with employment contract advice in Ireland

Our Employment team is headed by Senior Partner, Marc Fitzgibbon, a specialist employment lawyer with many years of experience. Over his career, Marc has developed a strong and enviable reputation across Ireland for his quality of advice and the outcomes he achieves for his clients.

Marc is a former member of the Law Society of Ireland’s Employment & Equality Law Committee and the European Employment Lawyers Association. He is a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accredited mediator and has been praised in the Legal 500 for his “highly practical” approach.

Marc is supported by a talented team who provide a comprehensive expertise covering the full range of employment contract law matters. Our clients are spread across a range of industries, including finance, manufacturing, and technology.

Other employment law services we offer for employees

As well as advising employees on employment contract issues, we can also assist with other areas of employment law, including:

Speak to our employment contract lawyers in Dublin now

For clear, friendly legal advice on an employment contract issue or any other aspect of your employment rights, please contact our expert team now.

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