Ellis Whittam has provided valuable support to UK charities for over a decade – and is proud to be a trusted partner of ACEVO.

When you’re focused on your vision as a charity, managing compliance, keeping up with regular changes in the law and dealing with time-consuming worker and volunteer issues can be an unwelcomed distraction.

However, falling short in any of these areas can leave organisations open to scrutiny and the damage can be irreparable. That’s why hundreds of third sector organisations across the UK trust Ellis Whittam to keep them compliant and operating safely – while they concentrate on what’s important.

Employment Law & HR Support

Our sector specialists have an expert understanding of all aspects of employment law as it relates to charities and the wider not-for-profit sector. We provide fast, practical and pragmatic advice on day-to-day challenges, as well as expert guidance on handling sensitive and complex situations, including:

  • Redundancy;
  • Restructuring;
  • Safeguarding;
  • Grievance;
  • Misconduct and disciplinary;
  • Whistleblowing;
  • Bullying, harassment and discrimination;
  • Volunteers and employment status;
  • Contractual issues; and
  • Employment Tribunals.


With a strong and growing emphasis on good governance, the support we provide to third-sector organisations has never been more important. We work closely with charities and their trustees to ensure that the decisions they make comply with the law, align with best practice and promote stable and productive working relationships across all levels.

Health & Safety Support

Our qualified consultants understand the pressure on charities to keep employees, volunteers and members of the public safe. Whether you operate from a shop, call centre or an office, we will help you to take a sensible and proportionate approach to reduce the risks associated with:

  • Managing volunteers;
  • Events and non-domestic premises;
  • Lone workers;
  • Slips, trips and falls;
  • Manual handling;
  • Working at height;
  • Fire;
  • Stress; and
  • Musculoskeletal disorders.


We believe that third sector organisations shouldn’t have to choose between great charity work and safe charity work. With a wealth of experience in the voluntary sector, our consultants offer realistic advice and support to protect your organisation against financial and reputational risk – without compromising your ability to deliver on key objectives or creating a barrier to volunteering activities.

Call us now on: 0345 226 8393

"As a small charity with no HR department, our relationship with Ellis Whittam is crucial. In all our dealings with them we have found them to be extremely helpful, explaining everything as we go along and in ways in which we understand. Their advisers are professional, friendly and above all, very patient."
Elders Voice