Recruitment

Woodfines’ team of specialist lawyers regularly act for recruitment businesses, principally in advising them on recruitment and employment law issues as well as general commercial and business matters.

Who We Are & How We Work

With offices in Bedford, Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Sandy, Woodfines’ Recruitment Business Team is comprised of a number of lawyers from a mix of disciplines able to provide recruitment professionals with a fully integrated multidisciplinary approach to their legal requirements. 

The team seeks to build long-term relationships with its clients looking both at the matter in hand and taking a wider view of the client's business and interests and needs.

Please get in contact if we can help you with your recruitment business, or click on Contacts to the right to view the profiles of our solicitors.

Our Services

We pride ourselves on delivering tailored, practical, effective and competitively priced advice to recruitment businesses in the following key areas:

Recruitment Law

Our Employment Team can provide expert advice across the whole spectrum of recruitment law issues, including:

  • The Agency Worker Regulations 2010
  • The Employment Agencies Act 1973
  • The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003, as amended.

Employment Law

The Employment Team also has significant experience in all other areas of employment law, and acts for recruitment businesses across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment issues. We provide advice on all areas including company policies, principles of UK discrimination legislation and commercial terms of engagement with candidates to the enforcement of restrictive covenants in respect of unlawful employee competition and advice regarding limited company contractors and the practical implications of IR35.

Woodfines also provides a retainer service for our employment law services which gives businesses requiring ongoing employment law support the information and access to services they need.

Click here for further information on our employment law services.

Company and Commercial Services

Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience needed to advise you on the business model best suited to your start-up in the recruitment sector, provide legal support for your day to day commercial needs and guide you through any milestone events in the life cycle of your organisation.

We have advised recruiters and related organisations on matters ranging from commercial terms of business with clients, website terms and conditions of usage and practical and legal solutions to protect intellectual property and personal data to factoring and debt finance.

We also have particular experience in advising in respect in sale and acquisition of recruitment businesses and also the involvement of the third party venture capital.

In addition, we have expertise and extensive knowledge of the public procurement regime, including contracting, framework agreements and disputes in this area.

Clients appreciate the high level of technical and sector specific advice and the proactive approach which is adopted to inevitable changes in the regulatory regime.

For further information on our company and commercial law services, please click here.

Commercial Property Services

Woodfines’ Commercial Property Team has a wealth of expertise to apply to all kinds of transactions undertaken by recruitment companies. Whether you are purchasing, selling or leasing commercial premises, our experts will work as part of your team ensuring that your legal interests are protected every step of the way.

Please click here for further information on our commercial property law services.

Dispute Resolution

There can be many reasons why disputes occur in the recruitment sector, including:

  • Contractual disputes with clients
  • Public procurement disputes and issues
  • Intellectual property disputes in respect of client databases
  • Data protection
  • Insolvency
  • Debt collection

When disputes occur, we can help you to resolve them in a cost effective and practical manner. The Dispute Resolution Team understands the commercial environment in which recruitment companies operate and as such is able to offer creative and flexible answers to help minimise disruption to your business. By way of example, we provide a comprehensive credit management service, which includes a tailor-made commercial debt recovery service.

For further information on how we can help you to resolve disputes, please click here.

Regulatory Issues

Our Regulatory Law Team can provide recruitment companies with practical guidance on applicable regulatory provisions, including Health and Safety legislation and the Bribery Act. As well as defending any prosecutions, we are able to audit, amongst others, your Health and Safety procedures, and provide clarifications on relevant legal provisions.

As ever, prevention of a breach of legislation is better than defending a prosecution. As such employers are encouraged to call us to provide an audit of Health and Safety procedures and other policies or procedures, as well as for clarification of the law.

For further information on our regulatory law services, please click here.

Updates and Training

As well as sending out regular legal updates, we can also provide our clients with legal training on a diverse range of topics, including discrimination, the Bribery Act and data protection.

We aim to nurture and grow our client relationships by providing proactive and pragmatic advice to clients on an ongoing basis, and can even offer business mentoring services. As a result, clients view us as more than just lawyers, rather business advisers and confidents who help them see their plans to fruition.