Ellis Whittam helps 35,000 UK employers to create great, safe places to work.
Our aim is to help business owners proactively solve problems, ensure regulatory compliance and achieve commercial objectives through exceptionally good Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety support provided for a fair, fixed fee.
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EW’s founder Mark Ellis qualifies as a solicitor and begins practising law at a leading firm of commercial solicitors, where he later becomes Head of Employment Law and an owning partner.
2004EW is born, based on the belief that professional services should prevent problems, add more value than cost, and that fees charged should be fair and fixed.
Recognising EW’s huge potential in the support services sector, EW receives significant investment from LDC to enable us to continue to provide exceptional service to our clients.
Acquired by Marlowe PLC, EW has grown into a business with a national reputation for great support and service excellence, and is proud to protect thousands of employers across the UK.
95% Client satisfaction rate - 97% Client retention rate
As Head of Employment Law at a leading regional firm of commercial solicitors, Mark Ellis and his team had built a national reputation for delivering commercially-savvy, practical advice.
Finding that his clients were looking for a fixed-fee service that could match up to the quality of advice offered by a law firm, Mark had his eureka moment.
The idea was simple: take the quality standards and service excellence of a leading law firm into the exciting fixed-fee world of HR, Employment Law and Health & Safety services. And so, in 2004, EW was born.
Fast forward 16 years and Ellis Whittam, now owned by Marlowe PLC and under the guidance of Gavin Snell, is recognised as a market leader in regulatory consultancy and legal services outsourcing. With our fixed fees, unlimited support and an unrivalled reputation, we are trusted by thousands of employers across the UK and still hold true to our founding principles of value for money, brilliant service, honesty and integrity.
Proud to support over 35,000 UK employers
“I’ve taken Ellis Whittam into every organisation that I’ve worked with. I’ve introduced them to many teams and many colleagues and referred them with absolute pleasure because I genuinely trust in the service that we get.”
Debbie Jamieson, People Director
“We get a great deal of comfort and satisfaction knowing that we have support as and when we need it, in a decisive and responsive way.”
Richard Berry, Group HR Director
Bluestone National Park Resort
“What we recognised in Ellis Whittam is the background that they have. They are able to supply knowledge and experience in a number of disciplines, which enables us to develop our business in a way that’s safe, to do it on time and with a quality to it.”
Debbie Rainbow, Director of Human Resources and Health & Safety
“As the company started to get larger, we knew we had to protect our employees and our contractors both onsite and in the offices. Ellis Whittam is exactly what we needed to move the company forward.”
Joanne Beaver, Operations Director
“We have found Ellis Whittam to be responsive and aligned with our business in terms of our processes and expectations. Their pragmatic approach has proven to be a great fit – nobody wants to be fighting their adviser on basic employment decisions.”
Jonathan Green, COO
“Ellis Whittam supports our 280 staff members with Employment Law and Health & Safety and has provided quality management training too.”
Lisa Best, Head of Service Delivery
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We understand that you’re trusting us with important and sometimes sensitive information. Your data privacy and software security is hugely important to us.
- TLS data encryption and web firewalls
- ISO 27001 certified protection
- Advanced software security
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Unlike mass-market providers, we build genuine, trusted relationships with our membership organisation and trade association clients, managed by our strong, experienced Partnerships Team.
- Work in partnership to understand your long-term objectives
- Create compelling services propositions with add value to your members
- Proactively support your membership retention and recruitment initiatives
Careers at Ellis Whittam
Ellis Whittam aims to be a great place to work. If you share our values of Brilliant Service, Optimism, Integrity and One Team – and want to work for a fast-growing, Legal 500 accredited company – we’d love you to join our team.
- Generous benefits package
- Flexible working potential
- Investors in People Silver
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