Lawspeed was set up in 1997 to bridge the gap between recruiters increasingly burdened by new legislation and solicitors who did not fully understand the recruitment business.
Our philosophy is to help any business in the recruitment industry resolve problems in a rapid, practical and efficient way whilst encouraging the management of risk to prevent the build up of future liabilities. We believe that by having solid contracts in place, structured processes set up and a good risk management strategy, any business can enhance its value to clients and potential investors alike.
Why our proposition is unique and relevant
The way we went about creating a unique proposition in 1997 was first to focus exclusively on the recruitment sector, second to make it our business to know what is going on in every corner of the sector and where the commercial risks lie, and third to create and support our own contract terms specifically for each type of recruitment business in the most efficient and effective way. Our objective is to help our clients succeed.
As a result Lawspeed contracts are drafted by us from scratch (rather than an off the shelf generic precedent as commonly used) to put our clients into the very best commercial position, with legal and commercial aspects built in. Rather than be a low cost (or even free) throw away item to solicit other work or trade membership, which may result in a less beneficial outcome, Lawspeed contracts protect our clients’ business interests comprehensively. Which is why hundreds of recruitment businesses throughout the UK have been using them since 1997.
As the industry has evolved so we have enhanced the contracts wherever practical or necessary given this sector’s intensely commercial environment. The result is that Lawspeed contracts are not only thorough, offering great protection against risk and liability whilst protecting a recruitment businesses fees to the maximum, but they are extensively tried and tested, widely used, and highly regarded by our clients and their advisers. They are complemented by updates, advice, dispute and fee recovery services, so providing a seamless beginning to end service.
Don’t use Lawspeed contracts? No problem
Recruitment related businesses who don’t use Lawspeed contracts are often more likely to need our services! We are happy to review, amend or advise on all contracts irrespective of their source, and our full range of services is available to all.
Some other achievements
In the context of IR35 we devised the first IR35 friendly contracts..
We have participated on behalf of client groups in various government consultations since 2001 including on the Agency Conduct Regulations, Agency Worker Regulations, Managed Service Companies tax legislation. We are the originators of the limited company opt out in the Agency Conduct Regulations, which we proposed to the government in 2002.
Lawspeed is the legal services provider to the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC), and the UK’s only independent accreditation for recruitment businesses, Standards in Recruitment (SiR). We helped to create those organisations and continue to work closely with both to identify and address latest issues affecting the industry. These include IR35 in the public sector, the Apprenticeship Levy, Modern Slavery and the GDPR.
Today we believe we remain the UK’s foremost recruitment and employment law specialist, uniquely focused on all things recruitment.