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.

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Specialist advice and support for charities

At Ellis Whittam, we recognise that every organisation is different. But with specialist sector teams, you can benefit from the shared insight and expertise of our advisors, who support hundreds of other charities that will be facing similar challenges to you.

Charity clients at Ellis Whittam benefit from:

  • Expert advice from an experienced team of charity specialists
  • Fixed fee certainty to give you peace of mind
  • Independent Legal Expenses Insurance

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"It’s clear that Ellis Whittam has vast experience of working within the charity sector – they understand how we operate and, as such, have made our lives a whole lot easier.”"

Merseyside Youth Association

Employment Law & HR

Our charity 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

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.

“They are sensitive to our organisational needs and are clearly experts in the charity sector. They know the law, and they get the culture.”

Independent Age

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Why choose us?

What makes us unique is that we combine the service quality of a law firm with the certainty of fixed-fee services to provide expert, solutions-focused Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety support tailored to your organisation.

Our people are the basis of our service. They are the reason why we have a 95% client satisfaction rate and an annual client retention rate of 97%.

Our charity experts help business leaders like you to:

  • Proactively solve problems;
  • Ensure regulatory compliance; and
  • Achieve your charitable objectives

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