Employment

Private staff are an integral part of your team. They organise your diary, look after your home life, keep you fit, drive you around, steward your twitter feed...

There is no part of modern life which cannot be outsourced. But did you know that the employment of private staff is highly regulated in the UK? Virtually the same rules apply to you as to corporate employers and getting things wrong can have serious repercussions for your personal life, your bank balance and your reputation.

Your private staff also have very bespoke responsibilities and unprecedented access to your private life. When things go wrong, situations can get difficult very quickly; they need to be handled with care and any exposure contained.

We have extensive experience in these situations and provide a complete range of legal tools and services to manage the modern entourage and help make these relationships work.

We prepare bespoke employment contracts for private staff of all kinds which ensure that you are protected as well as their rights clear. We can help with all aspects of compliance with employment regulations relating to pay, holiday, working time, sick pay and other employment matters, so that you can avoid enforcement action and legal claims.

We help you identify and document the right working arrangements to meet your personal needs, such as taking employees on directly or using an agency.

We also prepare confidentiality agreements to ensure personal information is protected as much as possible. Alongside contractual protections, we advise on policies and procedures relating to security, monitoring of employees, IT and social media use etc. We can advise you about the production of non-disclosure agreements. Such agreements can be particularly useful if you are in the public eye to help limit media and public intrusion.

If things do go wrong between you and a member of your private staff, we can advise you how to deal with disputes and grievances, settling claims, making changes to terms and conditions, relocating staff and how to terminate arrangements which aren’t working whilst limiting claim risk and managing any reputational issues.

We can also help you prepare for and manage the impact on your staff if anything were to happen to you. This can be especially challenging if they are long-serving staff and there is a lack of formal documentation about their employment.

From hiring to firing and everything in between, our comprehensive employment services for private staff help ensure that you are fully protected and have the right people beside you to help you manage your life.

Our team has helped wealthy and high profile clients manage their unique support-system needs through the secure and effective employment of private staff.

Our recent work has included:
  • Drafting various bespoke services contracts (stylist, personal assistant, voice coach etc.) for a major sports star, including strict confidentiality and privacy conditions
  • Settling disputes with various private staff who have threatened to cause reputational damage to their high profile employer.