Ellis Whittam’s four-pillar approach to Health & Safety, Employment Law and HR allows school leaders and trustees to meet responsibilities, confidently.

Based on our extensive experience working alongside independent schools and Multi-Academy Trusts, we have developed and refined a General Risk Assessment specifically for education providers. This provides a focused assessment of your Health & Safety Management, Facilities Management, Curriculum-Related Risk and School-Specific Risk.

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Specialist advice and support for education leaders

At Ellis Whittam we recognised 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 education establishments that will be facing similar challenges to you. 

Education clients at Ellis Whittam benefit from:

  • Specialist, dedicated advice from teams who understand education 
  • Education focused resources and templates that help you manage risk
  • Independent Legal Expenses Insurance 

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South Pennine Academies

“It is clear that we made the right decision in choosing Ellis Whittam as our HR partner. The advice received has been outstanding: responsive, with clear guidance and proactive support. In Ellis Whittam, we feel confident that we have the right HR support in place as we further develop the Trust.”

Darren Carpenter, Chief Operating Officer
Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust

Employment Law & HR

All of our specialist Employment Law Advisers from our dedicated Education Team have a strong background in the sector. They have an expert understanding of school leadership, governance and strategy and vast experience in taking even the best organisations to the next level.

Your named Employment Law Advisers will:

With Ellis Whittam, qualified support is just a phone call away. Whether you require strategic advice, step-by-step guidance through a specific issue, or just the reassurance of a second opinion, we will help take the hassle and uncertainty out of complex and time-consuming employee issues, allowing you to focus on maintaining and improving educational standards.

Health & Safety

Managing risk, especially where children are involved, requires the expertise of an experienced health and safety professional. As an approved partner of the Institute of School Business Leadership, we are best placed to support you in creating a safe working environment.

Your dedicated Health & Safety Consultant will:

At Ellis Whittam, we don’t believe in merely performing audits and handing back reports; we are committed to providing the best quality hands-on support and will work with you to implement practical solutions. Our comprehensive approach will allow you to confidently meet your legal obligations and protect those affected by your activities.

“I am so glad we changed to EW. The service is brilliant – they really know all the ins and outs of supporting schools.”

The Manchester Grammar School

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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 education experts help organisations leaders like you to:

  • Proactively solve problems;
  • Ensure regulatory compliance; and
  • Achieve organisational objectives.

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