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.

Employment Law & HR Support

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 Support

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. 

Call us now on: 0345 226 8393

“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