Making and Varying Employment Contracts

Making and Varying Employment Contracts

Explore the legal risks, opportunities and practical management considerations of contract changes

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+44 (0)20 8371 7010 for dates.

Price: £495 + VAT
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How do you avoid the legal pitfalls of changing employment contracts? This 1-day training course provides you with a sound understanding of contract law and its application in the workplace. It emphasises how to handle contract variations in line with changing business needs. It explains the risks and the opportunities together with practical management considerations, set in their legal context.

  • How and when can you change key terms and conditions of employment?
  • What if your employees do not accept proposed changes?
  • When can you vary the contract unilaterally?
  • When is it safe to terminate the contract and offer re-engagement on changed terms?
  • How and when can you harmonise contract terms across different teams, divisions or businesses?

Highlights include:

  • Understand the importance of contract law in the employment relationship
  • Know what to include in an employment contract - and how to vary this if necessary
  • Be able to advise on contract flexibility
  • Know how to check and update employment contracts
  • Explore the practical and legal solutions to problems that may rise from varying employment contracts - in an interactive, case study format

Registration and coffee


Welcome, introduction and outline of objectives


Contracts and the recruitment process

  • Meaning of a ‘contract’
  • Recruitment process and its effect on a contract
  • Formation of a contract

Contractual relationship

  • Types of contract
  • Contractual relationship - ‘employees’ and ‘workers’
  • Individual contracts and collective agreement
  • Continuity of employment
  • Termination of employment



Contractual Terms

  • Making the contract
  • Written particulars
  • Fundamental implied and express terms
  • Status of workplace policies



Varying contracts and the nature of change

  • Building in flexibility
  • Changes to working hours
  • Business reorganisation and redundancy
  • TUPE and changing contract terms
  • Flexible working requests

Changing contract terms

  • Change authorised by the contract
  • Express and implied variation
  • Agreed and unilateral variation
  • Acceptance and non-acceptance
  • Dismissal and re-employment



Practical management issues

  • Defending business needs
  • Producing a ‘sellable’ product
  • Consultation, agreement and persuasion
  • Overcoming objections
  • Maintaining employee communication
  • Defending subsequent tribunal proceedings

Close of training

Kerry Scott-Patel

Kerry Scott-Patel

Kerry Scott-Patel LLB is a solicitor (with practice certificate) and senior consultant with JSB, specialising in employment law. She designs and delivers training for domestic and international clients, in both the public and private sectors, on all aspects of workplace law.

Kerry has over ten years’ experience as a practising solicitor, first with RadcliffesLeBrasseur in the UK and subsequently with DLA Piper in the Middle East. Based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Kerry had responsibility for growing the firm’s employment law practice with local and international clients.

Kerry advises both human resources personnel and in-house counsel on matters ranging from the drafting of employment documents, management of employees, termination of employment and claims made by current and former employees. She has considerable experience of providing employment support for mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing arrangements and business closures.


“Kerry is a fantastic tutor who engages in a great way! The session was great and due to Kerry's nature seemed to be a meeting of minds among professionals rather than a presentation. Kerry is clearly knowledgeable and passionate and her anecdotal references were fab. The case studies were the best yet and it was refreshing to use a modern day scene to approach some of the questions put to us.”

Sarah Puleston, Regional Personnel Manager - JD Wetherspoon plc

Designed for HR and personnel professionals, employee relations managers, legal advisers and HR consultants.

Pre-course Questionnaire

Special offers

Multiple booking discount

Receive a 20% discount when you book more than one event, or book more than one person on the same event. Please note this discount only applies to the lesser priced booking and when all bookings are placed together.

Registered charities

You are entitled to a 25% discount on your booking if you are a registered charity. This discount will show on your invoice once your booking is submitted. You will need your charity registration number for the booking form.

Choose the right approach for you:

Headset Face-to-face attendance   Book online

The most valuable form of learning delivery continues to be the face-to-face classroom-based event. Engaging with expert speakers and fellow participants in relaxed two-way discussion in a distraction-free environment offers a valuable and practical learning experience.

All JSB programmes take place in top venues in central London and participants report that they greatly value the opportunities that these events provide for learning and networking.

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For groups of 4 or more people, any of our seminars and webinars can be tailored and delivered in-house. We will adapt case studies to suit your organisational culture and specific challenges. We ensure that the learning is engaging, relevant and easily applied.

Our webinars are designed to be as accessible as possible for all participants.


To join the webinar you will need to have Java installed on your computer. You can download and install Java quickly and easily here.

We use Webex to deliver our webinars. It is entirely web based - all you will need is an internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome. There is no requirement to download any files to use the Webex system.


You can only listen to the webinar over the internet through the Webex system, for which you will need headphones or speakers. A conference call dial in option is not available.

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