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Recruitment Businesses

We are one of the main firms in the UK advising the recruitment industry, especially agency suppliers. We are Trusted Members of APSCO and the REC and we have deep sector-level expertise. We count, as clients, some of the largest privately owned recruiters in the UK. We advise recruiters on: enforcing restrictive covenants/drafting contracts of employment/on CLEAR retainer packages/on IR35 and risk mitigation. We go on a journey with business owners of recruitment firms to make their businesses “future-proof” and fit for sale. 

Main contact

John Hayes


We can help your business by:

  • Advising on the Conduct of Business Regulations and Agency Workers Regulations.

  • Advising on self-employment models and the implications of tax issues, such as IR35 and the Construction Industry Scheme. We work with some of the UK’s leading accountants to provide specialist tax advice where required. 

  • Drafting or negotiating documentation such as consultancy agreements, umbrella contracts, temporary labour supply agreements and master or neutral vendor contracts.

  • Acting on transfer fee disputes.

  • Business protection advice in relation to the recruitment sector (see our Restrictive Covenant services)

Case study

  • Acting for an employment business in the Mercantile Court in relation to transfer fee litigation.

  • Drafting a temporary labour-supply contract for an employment business.

  • Delivering training on the reforms to travel and subsistence allowances and the impact on umbrella company arrangements.

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