Directors' Service Agreements

Our team of lawyers are experienced in drafting Directors' Service Agreements across all industries and business sizes.

Check Serve your business interests & cover all legal/operational requirements
Vector Clarify the Director’s fiduciary duties
Vector Ensure compliance with The Companies Act 2006
Vector Develop clear exit strategies and restrictive covenants

What might a Director's Service Agreement cover?

Directors’ service agreements typically cover three main areas:

  • Contractual arrangements for directors: job title, their terms of employment, description of their roles and powers, salary, hours of work, pension etc.
    • For instance, directors may have the ability to enter into contracts with other firms, employees, and contractors. Agreements can include limits on directors’ power, too.

  • Duties the director must perform in their company role, i.e. the statutory “fiduciary duties” owed to the company.
    • Under the Companies Act 2006, directors have certain duties towards the companies they form. These are known as “fiduciary duties”. Directors’ service contracts should refer to these duties, a breach of which may amount to grounds for dismissal. The legislation says that directors must:
      • Declare all interests in proposed transactions and arrangements
      • Avoid conflicts of interests
      • Promote the success of the company
      • Exercise reasonable care, skills and diligence in their role
      • Exercise independent judgement
      • Act within their powers

  • Any entitlement to bonus, shares or other benefits

Benefits of a well-crafted Directors’ Service Agreement:

  1. Compliance. The Companies Act 2006 requires companies to place responsibilities on directors that relate to the work they do. Firms need to craft company and industry-specific documents that reflect this.

  2. Corporate governance. Directors’ service agreements serve as a backstop for effective corporate governance. By setting out what you expect of directors, you ensure that the firm develops in a way that benefits all stakeholders.

  3. Protection of sensitive commercial information. Directors’ service agreements also protect firms from loss of intellectual property or brand secrets. Confidentiality clauses prevent directors from divulging information to third parties.

  4. Clear exit strategy. Company relationships do not always proceed amicably. On occasion, directors can leave on sour terms. It is important to have appropriate notice provisions that reflect the seniority and likely timescales for recruiting replacements.

  5. Restrictive covenants. Restrictive covenants are aimed at preventing directors from causing harm after they leave, for example if they leave your firm and take commercially sensitive information to a direct rival. If violated, these clauses let you take legal action against the departing director.

We can help you with:

Experienced lawyers who can assist in all parts of Directors’ Service Agreement preparation Crafting bespoke documents that serve your business interests Agreements that cover all legal and operational requirements
Restrictive covenants Confidentiality agreements and NDAs Employment contracts

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Frequently asked questions about Neathouse Partners.

What geographical areas does Neathouse Partners cover?

We offer services to all businesses and organisations located in England, Wales and Scotland.

Does Neathouse Partners cover my industry?

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What makes Neathouse Partners different from other service providers?

We pride ourselves on our professional yet personal service, and build close working relationships with our clients so that we remain accountable for the advice we give. We provide personalised solutions to our clients, tailoring them to their unique business challenges while making them compliant with UK employment law and HR best practices. 

As a business owner, you need to focus on what’s really important to your business, with the peace of mind that we're looking after your HR requirements. We draft, edit and prepare your documents on your behalf, so that you can focus on your business knowing you’re fully compliant. 

We're a small collective of specialist qualified employment lawyers and HR experts, delivering an outcome-focused end-to-end service that helps you to operate at your best and comply with both UK law and HR best practices. 

You’ll be given your own personal HR Consultant or Employment Lawyer, who'll take their time to really get to know you, your business, and how you operate. This enables us to support what’s right for your business, whenever you need it. Our unique offering of lawyer-led employment law services, combined with expert HR advice, means that we can provide a seamless and consistent service to our clients. Unlike other companies offering HR solutions, our services always come at a fixed cost, enabling you to easily budget for your HR requirements, with no financial surprises later down the line. There’s no usage limits and no hidden extras. You can rest assured that all of your HR and employment law requirements are covered.

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Neathouse Partners caters to a diverse clientele, accommodating the needs of everyone from small businesses with a single employee to large-scale organisations with 7,000 or more employees.

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