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Our legal team provides expert advice and guidance on director service agreements, ensuring that employers have clear and comprehensive contracts that protect their interests and align with the company’s objectives.

  • Your directors have access to key information and fulfil essential roles, and if a director should leave, your business could be potentially vulnerable.
  • A director’s service agreement sets out terms which will protect your business when a director leaves, for example covering confidentiality, restrictions on working for competitors and requirements to relinquish their other duties.
  • We can draft a bespoke, comprehensive director’s service agreement that covers all the aspects you want, to ensure your business is properly protected and provide clarity for both you and the director.

To fulfil their role in managing and growing your business, your directors need access to key information such as your finances, employees and current and prospective customers. As well as being employees themselves, they may also be shareholders and, as directors, they have a separate set of responsibilities. This service agreement for directors can help safeguard your business.

Katherine Maxwell

Katherine Maxwell

Partner | Employment

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What is a director service agreement?

A director service agreement is a contract between a company and its director that outlines the terms of the director’s employment, including duties, responsibilities, and remuneration.

Why do you need a service agreement?

If there is a dispute with a director or they decide to leave, your business could be very exposed. As an employee, shareholder and director, the individual effectively has three separate roles, and although they may leave one role, they could still continue in the other two. This has the potential to cause significant disruption and damage, for example if they decide they won’t fulfil their statutory duties as a director or start generating unrest amongst the shareholders.

Having a director’s service agreement in place could prevent this disruption, by requiring a director to relinquish all their roles on leaving the company. The service agreement should cover other key aspects, such as including a restrictive covenant to protect your confidential information and stop the departing director going straight to one of your competitors.

The importance of a bespoke agreement

We can help provide the protection you need, by drafting a bespoke director’s service agreement. This document will cover the director’s specific position and relationship with your business, and include clauses covering the notice period you want to set, whether the director has an executive or non-executive role, whether your business will provide indemnity for the director against certain personal liabilities, and so on.

Although you may find templates for director service agreements online, they are no substitute for a properly drafted document that covers all the variables and individual clauses, such as those mentioned above, that you want to include. A low-cost online template can turn out to be a false economy, if you subsequently find it has a crucial omission which leaves you with expensive consequences following a director dispute.

You may wish to put in a place a non-executive director service agreement that will be quite different in nature to that of another director with different responsibilities within your business. Whether you want board of directors services agreement support that can encompass several individuals (each with their own bespoke agreement) or a singular managing director service agreement for your MD, we can offer a tailored package that suits your business.

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Why choose our director service agreement solicitors?

Our director service agreement solicitors have extensive experience in drafting and negotiating contracts to ensure that both parties are protected in the event of any disputes. We understand the importance of having a clear and concise agreement that outlines the roles and responsibilities of both the director and the company. With our expertise, we can provide tailored advice to ensure that your director service agreement meets your specific needs and objectives.

How can our director service agreement solicitors help?

If you need a solicitor to assist with a director service agreement, we can provide expert guidance and support to ensure that your director service agreement is tailored to your specific needs and protects your interests. We can help you negotiate the terms of your agreement, advise on any potential risks or liabilities, and ensure that you understand all the legal implications. With our assistance, you can have peace of mind knowing that your director service agreement is comprehensive, fair, and legally sound.

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