Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety Services
Achieving excellence and ensuring legal
compliance in the way you manage your
people and their wellbeing is not easy.
With frequent changes to legislation and
the continual raising of the bar for best
practice, increasing numbers of charities
are turning to Ellis Whittam to help them
meet these challenges head on.
As the leading provider of employment
law, HR and health and safety services
to not-for-profit employers, we have
vast experience of taking even the best
run organisations to the next level and
putting those who are facing difficulties
on the right track.
We have a large, experienced team
of legally qualified Employment Law
Advisers with extensive experience of
supporting charities, one of whom will
be your named, personal contact. You
will be helped with all your challenges
from absenteeism to TUPE transfers,
from discipline to zero hours contracts,
and you can call on them for support as
often as you need, whenever you like,
all for a fixed fee.
Health and safety will naturally be a top
priority for you. Protecting the wellbeing
of anyone affected by your organisation’s
activities is a legal requirement and makes
financial sense too. Many charities value
the support from Ellis Whittam not only
because it helps ensure compliance with
health and safety legislation, but also
because we implement best practice. In
fact, we have so much confidence in the
quality of our service that we will act as
your legally required Competent Person
for health and safety.
Because of our vast experience and
unique approach, we are proud to
enjoy the accolade of being a strategic
partner of ACEVO (the Association
of Chief Executives of Voluntary
Organisations) and we are exclusively
recommended to their members for
the provision of Employment Law and
Health & Safety services.
Mark Ellis, Chairman
“It’s clear that Ellis Whittam
has vast experience of working
within the charity sector – they
understand how we operate and,
as such, have made our lives a
whole lot easier.”
Diane Pattison, HR Officer,
Merseyside Youth Association
“The relationship that has
developed with our personal
adviser has proved to be
invaluable. He has made it his
business to really get to know
our organisation and how we like
Executive for Finance & Personnel,
Deafness Support Network
Laura, Employment Law Adviser
Unlimited, fixed fee support
from charity experts.
Our Charities Team comprises some of the
most knowledgeable, talented and experienced
Employment Law Advisers to the not-for-profit
sector in the UK.
Whether it’s for strategic advice, to guide you
step-by-step through a problem or just to give
you the reassurance of a second opinion, your
own named Employment Law Adviser is just a
phone call or email away. And because this is a
fixed fee service, you can contact us as often as
you need to – it won’t cost you a penny more.
Law & HR
• You receive truly unlimited support for a fixed
fee enabling you to budget with confidence years
• You are allocated a named, legally qualified
Employment Law Adviser from our Charities Team
as your dedicated point of contact.
• We review and update your contracts of
employment and Employee Handbook to ensure
they follow best practice in the charity sector and
are legally compliant.
• We handle all your employment law challenges
including disciplinaries, grievances, zero hours
contracts, dismissals, attendance, performance,
maternity, TUPE, redundancy, agency workers
and much more.
• We draft bespoke letters and documents on your behalf.
• The ‘My EW’ online system gives you access to
a suite of employment law and HR materials as
well as your handbooks, contracts and copies of
correspondence between Ellis Whittam and your
organisation. You can choose to record telephone
calls, which can also be stored online.
• Our Legal Expenses Insurance provides complete
protection in the event of an Employment Tribunal.
We cover all your defence costs and any settlement
costs or compensation awards.
• We provide regular bulletins, updates and online
training and your Employment Law Adviser and Client
Manager will keep in touch with you to ensure you are
up to date and never less than delighted.
Elizabeth, Employment Law Adviser
Employment Law & HR Essential Extras
Should you wish to undertake a strategic
review or if you are dealing with specific
workforce challenges, our HR Consultancy
service can identify innovative, cost effective
and sustainable solutions for you.
Our Occupational Health Services
include medical screening, physiotherapy,
ergonomics, managing stress and wellbeing.
We use our extensive expertise to help you
conduct Investigations into cases such as
harassment or discrimination and to resolve
disputes with Mediation between parties.
We regularly deliver Employment Law
& HR Training classes, drawing on case
studies amassed from our extensive
experience supporting employers in the
charity sector. We can deliver specially
devised courses for you on topics such
as Performance Management, Bullying &
Harassment, Conflict Resolution, Equality &
Diversity and Disciplinary & Grievance.
Our EW Recruit service produces job and
person specifications, promotes vacancies,
runs aptitude and personality assessments
and identifies suitable candidates for your
organisation, all for a highly competitive
“The service provided by Ellis Whittam has been invaluable. It offers huge
reassurance to the Trust to know that we have access to expert legal advice
whenever the need may arise, whatever the nature of the enquiry.”
Chrissie Barker, Executive Assistant and HR Adviser, Barnwood Trust
Jane, Employment Law Principal
Exclusively available to our Employment
Law clients for no extra cost, EW Assist
is one of the most flexible HR software
At the heart of this online system, which
can be accessed anywhere with an
internet connection, is the facility to
request and approve leave and record
and monitor absence.
The system has many other modules
allowing you to efficiently monitor, control
and report on routine and strategic
HR matters such as sickness and
injury reporting. It even has modules
for appraisal reviews and training. It
eliminates the need for paper-based
systems and complex spreadsheets,
allowing you to allocate more time to
productive, proactive management.
You do not require any special equipment
to use this system and there is no
Left to right:
Laura, Employment Law Adviser, Helen, Employment Law Adviser, Michael, Senior Health & Safety Consultant,
Jane, Employment Law Principal, Faz, Health & Safety Consultant, Elizabeth, Employment Law Adviser
Health, Safety & Wellbeing
We have so much confidence in our service, we will act
as your legally required Competent Person.
We provide an action-based service rather than merely performing audits and handing back reports.
We help you implement measures to meet your legal obligations and protect the health, safety and
wellbeing of everyone affected by your activities. Our proactive support can help protect you from
prosecution and provides the foundation for continuous improvement.
• A highly qualified consultant with
experience of supporting charities will act
as your legally required Competent Person.
• We conduct your General Risk Assessment
on-site at your premises.
• We develop and help you implement your
Prioritised Safety Action Plan, Health &
Safety Policy and Employee Health & Safety
Handbook, tailored to your precise needs.
• We provide you with secure access to ‘My
EW’, a comprehensive online resource where
you can access all your documents and a
library of informative and practical guides.
• We guarantee a minimum number of visits
to your premises, not merely to inspect but
to help you implement positive change.
• Emergency assistance is provided in the
case of, for example, Health and Safety
Executive (HSE) visits and accident
• In the event of a serious accident,
we investigate, liaise with the authorities
and defend you against any prosecutions.
• We provide Legal Expenses Insurance
that covers your legal costs in case of
prosecution and also pays any Fee For
Intervention (FFI) charges you may incur
from the HSE.
• We keep you up to date with changes to
legislation and best practice through regular
bulletins, online materials and calls from
your Client Manager.
Michael, Senior Health & Safety Consultant
Health & Safety Essential Extras
We provide a range of Audit & Inspection services,
including Fire Risk Assessments, asbestos surveys,
PAT testing, Legionalla risk assessments and
maintenance of fire alarms and emergency lighting.
Our Occupational Health Services help ensure
that you are providing an appropriate environment
to protect the wellbeing of your employees.
Drawing on our experience of working with thousands
of employers, we deliver Health & Safety Training
on a huge range of topics including General Health
& Safety Awareness, Risk Assessments,
IOSH Managing / Directing / Working Safely,
Manual Handling and Fire Marshal Training.
Don, Health & Safety Consultant
This innovative training solution is ideal for employers in the charity
sector and can save you up to 80% compared with the costs of
traditional training techniques.
This is an entirely online system and the courses can be accessed
anywhere that broadband is available. This is of particular benefit to
charities with regard to part time employees and volunteers who can
complete the training at their own pace, in their own time, even at home.
You no longer need to take whole teams away from the work place
when training is required and there are no set up or ongoing costs.
We offer courses in more than forty topics including Lone Working,
Stress, Driving Safety, Display Screen Equipment, Fire Safety, Food
Hygiene, Slips Trips & Falls and Manual Handling.
Most courses are accredited by the Royal Society for the Prevention
of Accidents (ROSPA).
Jo, Legal Team Manager
Deven Thakrar, CEO
“ACOSVO selected Ellis Whittam
as a preferred partner because of
their expertise in the not-for-profit
sector, their quality of service and
value for money. They have a very
positive longstanding relationship
with our colleagues at ACEVO and
we are delighted that this has now
been extended to ACOSVO and our
members in Scotland.”
Pat Armstrong, Chief Executive,
“Whether a simple question where
we want a considered opinion or
the handling of a more complex
issue, having someone on hand is
a real plus point for us and gives
us great peace of mind.”
Chris Schofield, Head of Human Resources,
Age UK Norfolk
Switching to Ellis Whittam
If you are with another provider and
considering switching to Ellis Whittam, you
may be worried that the level of service you
receive from your current provider will drop off
when you serve your notice. Our Transitional
Period Support removes all those concerns
and means you can benefit from fully insured
support from Ellis Whittam even though you
have not yet left your current provider.
0845 226 8393
Woodhouse, Church Lane, Aldford, Chester CH3 6JD