Varying the Terms of a Contract

25th March 2011
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Varying the Terms of a Contract

The recent decision of the EAT in Morgan –v- Network Europe Group Limited is a useful case for businesses to take note when trying to vary the terms and conditions of an employee’s contract of employment.

In this case the employer issued a new handbook to its staff, which contained a new “lay-off” clause.  The employee signed a form to acknowledge receipt of the new handbook.

Initially the Tribunal held that the employee was bound by the new “lay-off” clause and by the handbook so far as it amended his contract of employment.  However the EAT reversed this decision.  Since the employee had not signed a new contract with the new “lay-off” clause stated therein, there had been no agreed variation of the contract of employment.  The EAT pointed out that had the handbook been accompanied by a new contract with the new “lay-off” clause and duly signed by the employee, then the variation would have been binding.

Daven Naghen, head of our Employment Team added:-

“The moral of the story is that generally speaking if an employer wants to amend an employee’s contract then the employer should get the employee to sign a new contract with the variation. Failing which there is a real risk that the variation will not be binding, especially if the variation does not necessarily have immediate effect.”

If you want advice on terms and conditions of employment for your staff, and/or amending the same then please contact Daven Naghen on or 01775 722261.

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Cancer Research UK Free Will Service

Maples Solicitors are pleased and proud to announce that it is working in partnership with Cancer Research UK to offer their Free Will Service for the over 55’s.

The vast majority of people have been affected in some way by cancer and we wish to support Cancer Research UK in its life saving work by offering their Free Will Service.

Over a third of Cancer Research UK’s research is funded by gifts in Wills and we believe we can play a vital role in helping in the fight against cancer. Writing your will for free using the scheme could help beat cancer sooner.

Please contact a member of our Wills and Probate Department:-
Jamie Dobbs-
Jane Mawer-
Faye Blair-

Or telephone the office 01775 722261 and ask to speak with one of the team

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