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Legal advice for hair, barbers and beauty businesses

Our panel of experienced legal advisors is here to support, advise and guide you whenever you are faced with a legal issue in your hair, barber or beauty business.

Key legal benefits for NHF Members:

  • Free 24/7 employment law telephone helpline.
  • Up to £50,000 legal expenses cover included.
  • Restrictive covenant enforcement advice and support.
  • Free commercial law, health & safety, tax and payroll advice by phone.
  • Ready-to-use legal documentation templates free of charge.

Both our NHF Legal Helpline and Commercial Lifeline are free to Members. Each year our legal team receives around 10,000 calls and our membership team averages 20,000 calls.

[1] Free Employment Helpline from hair & beauty specialists

Concerned about following the disciplinary procedure, controlling absence, or have a query on maternity/paternity?

Members can save time, lawyers’ fees and worry by calling our free Employment Helpline. Our employment law advisors are hair & beauty sector specialists and on hand 24 hours a day 365 days a year to help you resolve all your salon employment related queries.

[2] Peace of mind with our free Commercial Lifeline

In addition to your free employment advice, as an NHF Member you also receive free access by phone to our knowledgeable commercial legal team.

  • Please view our Legal expenses insurance policy here

These experienced advisors will answer your queries on commercial law, health & safety concerns, chair renting/treatment room fees, tax questions and payroll issues. This invaluable business service is available, free of charge, to Members Monday to Friday (9am-5pm) throughout the year (usual working days) to help you run your business more profitably.

You’ll find more information on your Tax and VAT advice and protection in our membership benefits including how the NHF can support you if you’re selected for an HMRC investigation.

[3] £50,000 legal expenses cover for NHF Members

Worried about lawyers’ costs? As an NHF Member you are automatically registered in our Commercial Legal Expenses Scheme.

This cover (free and part of your membership benefits) will pay your business legal costs up to £50,000*. The comprehensive cover extends to solicitors’ and barristers’ fees, court costs, expenses for Expert Witness and accountants’ fees (subject to normal policy terms, conditions and limitations being met). The policy may also pay the costs of appealing or defending an appeal.

Download a PDF of the NHF Legal Expenses Insurance Cover and the Master Policy for details of the terms, limits, conditions and exclusions of your cost protection cover.

*£250 excess. The first £250 of costs and expenses in respect of any claim must be paid by you direct to the representative appointed to act for you as soon as a claim is accepted.

[4] Help with restrictive covenant enforcement

Nervous about an ex-employee setting up a competing salon? Not sure if you can enforce the restrictive covenants in your employment contract?

NHF Members have free access to our Commercial Lifeline for clear advice on enforcement of restrictive covenants, including template legal letters to ex-employees. This support is available to you even if you don’t use the NHF employment contract, provided you have a clear restrictive covenant within the contract you used.

Additionally, for a fixed fee of £250 (plus VAT), Members can instruct one of our nominated solicitors to send a more strongly worded letter and request an assessment of the strength of your legal case.

[5] Save lawyers’ fees with our free legal documentation

Save expensive legal fees with our free ready-to-use hair & beauty industry legal templates, including:

  • employment contracts
  • apprentice agreements
  • chair & room renting agreements (learn more here)

Plus, our comprehensive free Guides and Factsheets cover a wide range of legal issues making it easier for you to run your business and avoid running up costly legal fees.

Legal advice: What NHF Members say… 

Victor Pajak, Salon Owner: Headquarters

‘When one of my salon employees broke his employment contract, NHF backed me up through its tribunal insurance. They assigned me a lawyer and we took the case to court – the legal costs were covered thanks to my membership. We won and I was awarded compensation.’

Protect your salon business

Enjoy immediate access to all NHF membership benefits by joining today. You can join us here, call us on 01234 831965 or email us. We’d be delighted to chat to you and answer your membership questions. Annual membership starts from just £144 for Solo Members.

Already a Member of the NHF? Simply login to learn more about your membership benefits, call our Membership Team on 01234 831965 or email us.

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