Most employers aren't HR experts, and without the right support, juggling the people aspects of running a successful organisation can be a considerable challenge – one that only increases as you grow.

As much as you might like to able to take on the various facets of human resources management yourself, it is sometimes necessary to call in specialists to provide an extra layer of day-to-day HR support, as well as to help you navigate your way through particularly complex situations.

Bogged down with low-level employee relations issues, find that you’re often unsure of the correct course of action, or not confident that you have the expertise to ensure HR matters are handled in a way that doesn’t invite legal risk? Enlisting external support from a HR expert might be the perfect solution.

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Ellis Whittam: A dedicated HR expert at your disposal

At Ellis Whittam, we offer a smart alternative to in-house HR support, allowing you to cost-effectively manage your HR management needs without compromising on the quality of service or advice.

We provide close support to over 17,700 clients, ranging from small employers with fewer than 50 employees at a single location through to large organisations employing thousands of people at multiple sites across the UK. 

Integral to our support is the provision of dedicated, legally-qualified Employment Law and HR specialists, who function as a trusted extension of your team on a first-name basis.

Typically, for small employers, our commercially-minded advisers develop and maintain an ongoing relationship with managers, directors and owners. For large employers, we offer an additional layer of support to their existing in-house HR teams, whether that’s providing qualified assistance with particularly complex issues or policy creation, the benefit of a second opinion, or to simply allow them to focus their attention on bigger-picture HR tasks that drive your organisation forward.

Whatever your size, sector or current arrangements, our HR experts have the knowledge, experience and commercial acumen to guide you through any people problems you encounter – no matter how simple or complex – and achieve your preferred outcome, quickly.

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High-quality HR support that doesn’t cost a fortune

While you will understandably want to keep a close eye on your bottom line, attempting to tackle employee relations issues without the right expertise can prove to be a very costly mistake. As well as taking up valuable management time by allowing issues to drag on for longer than they need to, the potential to mishandle matters can leave you exposed to Employment Tribunal claims and reputational damage.

In many cases, the cost of non-compliance far outweighs the cost of support. However, when expert HR help is required, it often comes down to a choice between a traditional solicitors firm, which can mean paying an extortionate upfront cost followed by additional fees for small tasks, or a fixed-fee HR company, where the personalised approach and quality of advice is often lacking.

Ellis Whittam exists to combine the best of both worlds:

High-quality, tailored support from a legally-qualified HR expert who genuinely understands your business and how you operate.
An unlimited, fixed-fee service, giving you the reassurance that our costs won't change no matter how many times you lean on us for support.

Our fees are genuinely fixed. The price you pay won’t change during your contract – not even if your organisation grows – and there’s no annual adjustment for inflation.

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The benefits to you

Whether you’re facing a complicated grievance, struggling with the complexities of TUPE, or unsure how to go about changing an employee’s terms and conditions, the ability to pick up the phone to a qualified professional can make all the difference.

Our HR experts will use their knowledge and expertise to help you:

Anyone can read legislation, but it takes considerable skill to cut through all the jargon and understand how it applies to real-life situations. Our HR experts can eliminate the headache and explain, in straightforward language, where you stand from a legal standpoint and what the best course of action is.

Carefully-crafted, robust documentation is essential when it comes to preventing and defending Employment Tribunal claims.

As well as helping you to manage issues that arise quickly and compliantly, we will work with you to proactively protect your organisation by expertly drafting your Contracts of Employment, Employee Handbook (complete with best-practice policies and procedures), and any other letters or agreements you require along the way.

Importantly, unlike some other fixed-fee providers, we don’t simply hand out templates; we’ll do all the hard work for you.

Day to day, your HR Consultant is hand to help you identify commercially-savvy solutions to all your people problems, from common employment challenges such as grievances, disciplinaries and performance, to more complicated matters such as TUPE, discrimination and medical capability.

The advice you receive will be clear, pragmatic and tailored to your individual circumstances.

Your HR management toolkit

In addition to unlimited support via our HR helpline, our core service gives you access to a suite of additional tools designed to make managing your HR responsibilities easier.

Available through our online portal, you can take advantage of:

Our cloud-based HR Software, which streamlines important HR functions, such as holiday and absence management, employee benefits and training
Our growing range of interactive e-Learning courses designed to upskill staff while keeping downtime to a minimum
Our full-version Knowledge Hub, where you can find expert-created guidance notes and downloadable templates ready for immediate use.

We’re available now

If you’re currently facing a particular HR hurdle or just looking to elevate the quality or level of support you currently have in place, we’re confident that we can offer an effective solution to HR management needs.

To talk through your specific needs and find out how our fixed-fee service can help to take the pressure off, call 0345 226 8393 to speak with one of our friendly team.