Contracts & Handbooks

The basis of all employment relationships is the contract of employment and its terms are often of critical importance for both employers and employees. We understand this and are able to offer clear advice on all aspects of the employment relationship.

Many contractual disputes arise due to confusion, ambiguity or the omission of key terms. Our team has significant experience advising on and drafting contracts of employment, directors’ service agreements, consultancy agreements, staff handbooks and other non-contractual policies and procedures to help businesses keep up to date with the evolving modern workplace. We offer a full service ranging from reviewing and updating existing documents to drafting entirely new agreements and policies.  We can also offer a fixed fee service for preparing personalised or precedent employment contracts and policy documents.

We are proactive in keeping our clients up to date on changes in the law and any relevant amendments that might be needed to their contractual and policy documentation.

We also have extensive experience in advising individuals on the terms and effects of their employment contract, whether in initial negotiations, during their employment and following the termination of the relationship. We have particular expertise in terms of drafting legally complex and important terms such as those relating to the protection of confidential information, restrictive covenants and bonus schemes.

In all cases we combine in depth legal knowledge with a commercial pragmatism to ensure parties are governed by a contractual relationship suitable to their needs, as well as seeking to reach the best solution in instances where the relationship breaks down.

Representative Contracts & Handbooks Work

Examples of our employment team’s contracts & handbooks work include:

  • Drafting and negotiating executive director service agreements for employers and employees in a variety of sectors including banking, insurance, recruitment, leisure and legal.
  • Regularly advising a leading international bank on updates to its handbook to ensure ongoing compliance with UK employment law developments best practice.
  • Advised an international insurance firm on a review of its staff handbook and integration with employment contracts.
  • Advised a number of leading restaurant groups on their employment contracts and contractor agreements together with policies and procedures include senior directors and hourly paid staff.

Key contacts:

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Sarah Glockler

Partner Employment
Work 37-41 Bedford Row London WC1R 4JH United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 20 7611 2347


Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and joined the firm in August 2012. Sarah is Head of Teacher Stern’s Employment practice.

Sarah has, along with Teacher Stern’s employment practice, been listed in the Legal 500 Directory.

Sarah advises a wide range of clients from large companies to senior executives on all aspects of employment law. These include advising companies on HR issues such as managing disciplinary and grievance procedures, redundancy advice, drafting contracts of employment and director’s service agreements, restrictive covenant advice, team moves and conducting employment tribunal and high court cases.

She also advises senior executives on managed, exits settlement agreements and share schemes.

Sarah is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Representative Experience

Sarah has:

  • Advised a Japanese Bank in relation to claims for unfair dismissal, race discrimination, sex discrimination and pregnancy discrimination.
  • Advised a chain of American diners in relation to general HR matters and Employment Tribunal claims.
  • Advised a pilot in relation to a whistleblowing claim.
  • Advised a number of insurance companies, recruitment companies and dental practices in relation to injunctive proceedings in the High Court for breach of restrictive covenants and use of confidential information.
  • Advised an insurance broker on an injunction application in relation to a team move and potential breaches of restrictive covenants.
  • Advised advertising and PR companies, hotels and restaurants on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, in particular the application of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE).

Career History

Partner, Teacher Stern

Solicitor, Teacher Stern

Partner, Abrahams Dresden

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