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In the early days of setting up a business you may be asking friends and family to volunteer their services, or you may be thinking of employing interns, apprentices, casual workers or contractors. As your main focus is probably on generating an income from your business, it can get tricky to get stay on top of this situation and the legalities that surrounds it. 

The devil can definitely lurk in the details! Worker issues and disputes are some of the largest causes of costly and time-consuming legal dispute activity in the UK. In very many of these cases, the troubles could have been avoided, or very substantially minimised by getting job terms and expectations right from the outset. Here we discuss the details and what you need to know.


The content on elXtr has been prepared by LHS Solicitors. It’s intended as guidance only and not to be regarded as a substitute for consultation with one of our solicitors, since every case will ultimately turn on its own particular facts and circumstances. We recommend that you use our materials as your starting point and be aware that you sometimes have to follow a set procedure before taking any action, especially in an employment context. If you are in any doubt, we’d suggest that you get in touch with us and we’ll talk you through your options on how to get the right legal advice.