Drafting Letters and Documents
From the most straightforward warning for poor attendance to complex grievance outcome letters and everything in between, our Employment Law solicitors can draft all your employment documents to save you valuable time and stress.
No generic templates. No trawling the internet. We’ll work with you to understand your situation and craft carefully-written letters, agreements and any other documents while you get on with running your business.
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Bespoke to your business
When you manage a team, there are a multitude of documents you may need to draw up, from contracts and handbooks to correspondence with your employees. If you’re not a legal professional, this can be a difficult and time-consuming task, and the burden only intensifies as your workforce grows.
Drafted by a dedicated team of Employment Law specialists who understand your history, we can produce a range of fully bespoke documents geared to your goals.
- Tailored to your specific situation and preferred outcomes
- Letters, memos, internal comms, agreements, ad-hoc policies and more
- Correspondence with other solicitors in the event of a claim
- Returned to you ready to go
- Drafted for you or self-serve from our extensive library of expect-created materials
Whatever you need, whenever you need it
Whether you’re dealing with a disciplinary, grievance or redundancy situation, every employee matter is different. Your documents should reflect the facts and be written by somebody who understands the nuances of Employment Law.
At Ellis Whittam, our document drafting is fully bespoke and done by legally-qualified professionals. Unlike some mass-market providers, we don’t dish out off-the-shelf templates and expect you to fill them in – we’ll do all the hard work for you. However, if you do wish to self-serve, we have a large repository of resources and templates to guide you through any scenario.
Taken as part of our wider, personalised Employment Law and HR support, you can free up valuable management time, reduce legal missteps and nip employee issues in the bud, fast.
We have 2.4 X the number of qualified solicitors than any of our larger competitors
Common queries about our document drafting support, answered by our Employment Law and HR specialists.
What sorts of documents can you draft?
Just about anything and everything you might need during the employment relationship. All of our advisers are qualified legal professionals or on the road to formal qualification, which means we can support you with a full spectrum of advice and documentation, from first written warnings to new contractual clauses, to a policy you might not have in your handbook, plus more complex legal documents like settlement agreements and redundancy outcome letters.
I have lots of minutes to turn into an outcome letter. Can you help?
Yes. One of the key benefits of our HR solutions is the amount of time saved dealing with employee issues. In respect to document drafting, instead of trawling through 20 pages of minutes and witness statements in order to produce a disciplinary outcome letter, we can do this for you. We’ll not only ensure the letter covers all bases from a legal perspective but, if taken as part of our core Employment Law and HR service, guide you through every step of the process.
Can I write these documents myself?
You can, but unless you have a firm understanding of Employment Law, there’s margin for error. A settlement agreement, for example, is a complex legal document, and unless they are drafted correctly the employee may still be able to bring a claim. Seeking help from a professional is the best way to ensure your important documents are compliant and effective.
I’ve got a HR team and just want templates we can use. Do you have a resources bank?
Yes, our fixed-fee Employment Law and HR support includes full access to our Knowledge Hub, available through MyEW, which contains most of the templates we work from. If you have an internal HR team, you may prefer to access these and tailor them yourselves. However, for more complex cases, we would always suggest engaging with our legal advisers as it can be all too easy to word something in a way that leaves you exposed.
What’s the turnaround time on producing a document?
We aim to respond to all emails as soon as possible, but at the very latest within 24 hours of receipt. Some complex documentation can take longer to produce but your dedicated team will work with you to understand your needs and manage the employee’s expectations in that regard.
Will these documents be stored so that I can access them again later?
Yes. Our online platform, MyEW, contains a secure area where you can store all of your EW-created documents, plus any other important documents, for easy access.
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What sorts of things can you advise on?
HR matters come with the territory when you run a business or manage an organisation and we’re here to help you through it all. Whether you’re battling absenteeism, struggling to manage an underperforming employee or need help navigating a complicated exercise like redundancy, we can walk you through the steps required to handle the situation appropriately.
Is everything dealt with through one team?
Yes. All of our advisers are qualified legal professionals or on the road to formal qualification, which means a full range of employee issues can be dealt with within your dedicated three-person team. In the event that you’re presented with an Employment Tribunal claim, we will conduct a full handover to our Litigation Team so that they are well equipped to defend you.
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Why choose us?
At Ellis Whittam, we’re known for our bespoke service and the quality of our support. Not only is our expertise unmatched, but we take the time to know you so that we can function as a true extension of your team.
- Your own small team of dedicated experts
- Commercial, pragmatic advice tailored to you
- Bespoke contracts, policies and handbooks
- Trusted by over 35,000 organisations
- Recognised as a leading firm by the Legal 500
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HR Consultancy Manager
“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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