About Us

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.


EW 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.

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Our story

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.

Gavin Snell

Proud to support over 35,000 UK employers

Including members of partner organisations

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A secure and trusted partner

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

Partner with us

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
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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