Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism

From independent bars and restaurants to large hotel chains, our sector specialists will help your hospitality business to thrive through tailored legal compliance.

That’s why hundreds of businesses like yours rely on Ellis Whittam for straightforward, pragmatic support. As part of our unlimited, fixed-fee service, our expert advisers will work with you to achieve your specific HR and health and safety objectives – allowing you to operate with total confidence.

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EXPERT SECTOR KNOWLEGE AND ADVICE

Specialist advice and support

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 thousands of other hospitality, leisure and tourism business that will be facing similar challenges to you. 

Hospitality, leisure and tourism clients at Ellis Whittam benefit from:

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

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“We value their professional support and quick response to each and every query. Their service provides protection and peace of mind.”

Kitty Tobin, Head of Executive Office,
Institute of Hospitality

Employment Law & HR

No matter how simple or complex the issue, our Employment Law and HR experts will provide fast, practical and commercial support on any employee matter, including:

  • Working hours and legal limits;
  • Part-time and seasonal workers;
  • National Minimum Wage and tips;
  • Wage deductions;
  • Performance;
  • Attendance and absenteeism;
  • Theft and till losses;
  • Disciplinary;
  • Dismissal; and
  • Recruitment and retention.

With high staff turnover being a key challenge for hospitality employers, Ellis Whittam’s professional support can ensure you make fair and commercially-savvy decisions when faced with difficult employee situations – promoting increased retention and helping you to build strong and engaged teams. Plus, all of our advice is backed up by Legal Expenses Insurance for extra peace of mind.

Health & Safety

Our experienced Health & Safety Consultants will work with you to address some of the key risk areas identified by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), including:

  • Slips, trips and falls;
  • Manual handling;
  • Knives and other kitchen equipment;
  • Hot liquids and surfaces;
  • Commercial kitchen ventilation;
  • Hazardous chemicals;
  • Site facilities and outdoor areas;
  • Work-related contact dermatitis; and
  • Musculoskeletal disorders.


Employing a large number of young and part-time workers, hospitality businesses are exposed to increased health and safety risks. Professional, personalised support from Ellis Whittam will allow you to operate with total confidence, ensure the wellbeing of your staff and customers, and demonstrate compliance in the event of regulatory inspections.

“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 HR and Health & Safety

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Experts in hospitality, leisure and tourism

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 hospitality, leisure and tourism experts help business leaders like you to:

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

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