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Insured Advice

Photo of woman getting Insured AdviceAt the Department for Business, we believe Insured Advice has real benefits for many businesses. Insured Advice gives you confidence that you’re meeting employment and health & safety standards. With one phone call, you can access clear, practical advice tailored to your business’s unique circumstances, leaving no grey areas. And so long as you follow this advice, your advisor will cover any legal costs or tribunal awards you incur.

Find out for yourself whether Insured Advice is right for your business. The companies listed below are a sample of companies that offer Insured Advice on health and safety and employment law. We have not vetted these companies, so if you decide to take up Insured Advice, please use the same care that you do when buying any service for your business.

If you have any questions about Insured Advice, or feedback on the information we’ve given you, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have an issue with a particular provider, please contact them directly.

Employment and Health & Safety law advice

Employment law advice

Health & Safety Law advice

If your company offers insured advice, and is not listed here, please contact BIS to apply by emailing insuredadvicepilots@bis.gsi.gov.uk.


Abbey HR

Tel: 0845 076 2288
Email: sales@abbeyhr.co.uk

Abbey HR services (a trading division of Abbey Protection Group Ltd) provide a professional, comprehensive and cost effective range of HR and Health & Safety support and consultancy services to all businesses regardless of size.

Abbey HR services work closely with their clients to ensure they remain compliant and up to date with employment legislation. They provide practical, commercial advice and support that reflects your requirements and enables you to concentrate on running your business.

As a further safeguard Abbey HR services can provide insurance cover against the costs and awards of an employment tribunal or a prosecution by the Health & Safety Executive.

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beprofessional.com ltd

Tel: 0800 917 3080
Email: helpdesk@beprofessional.com

Our employment and health & safety insured advice provides a comprehensive legal expenses insurance policy that covers:

  • Defence of legal proceedings arising from employment disputes
  • Employment awards (at an employment tribunal)
  • Defence of health & safety criminal prosecutions
  • Jury service
  • Disputes with landlords
  • Debt recovery
  • Unlimited use of our 24/7 legal advice line

There is cover of £100,000 per claim (up to £500,000 per year). In addition, we will annually review your employee handbook, contracts of employment and health & safety policy making any amendments required to reflect any changes in government legislation.

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Citation

Tel: 0800 519 0800
Email: businesssupport@citation.co.uk

Citation’s Guaranteed Employment Law Compliance

Citation’s Queen’s Award Winning employment services. Covering contracts, handbooks, disciplinaries and tribunals.
Fixed cost advice which is:

  • Practical, recognising commercial realities
  • 24/7 Helpline

Backed by our market leading Advice Guarantee: we guarantee that by following our advice and systems you will be legally compliant and free from employment tribunal claims. Should you face a tribunal claim, Citation will pay the defence costs and tribunal awards up to £1m a year. Simply put, if we get it wrong, we pay. This is the only guarantee of its type in the UK.

Citation’s Guaranteed Health & Safety Compliance

Citation’s Queen’s Award Winning health & safety services. Practical, sector specific advice on health & safety policies, systems, risk assessments, COSHH.

Our solution includes:

  • 24/7 Helpline
  • Facilities and systems audit
  • Compliant documentation
  • Immediate on the ground emergency support

Backed by our market leading Advice Guarantee: we guarantee that by following our advice and systems you will be legally compliant. Should you face action from an enforcing authority Citation will pay the defence costs up to £1m a year. Simply put, if we get it wrong, we pay. This is the only guarantee of its type in the UK.

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Composite Legal Expenses Ltd

Tel: 0871 423 7418
Email: enquiries@composite-legal.com

As a leading legal expenses provider, we offer protection to over 100,000 businesses. All policies include access to a 24/7 legal advice service providing impartial advice relating to any legal matter. Our policies cover up to £100,000 of legal fees relating to employment disputes as well as employment tribunal awards, subject to clients following the advice provided by our 24/7 legal advice service.

Additional covers include Prosecution Defence including HSE Disputes as well as Property, Personal Injury, Landlord, Licence, Data and Tax / VAT disputes.

We also have the capability to quote for Contractual and Debt Recovery legal expenses insurance.

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DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Ltd

Tel: 0845 666 5463
Email: online@das.co.uk

DAS is the UK’s leading legal expenses insurer, having pioneered the market since 1975. We insure hundreds of thousands of businesses and millions of people against the threat of unforeseen legal costs.

Commercial Legal Protection

Pays the legal costs involved in pursuing or defending many common legal disputes facing businesses today e.g. employment, tax, health & safety, contracts and debt recovery.

Cover is supported by telephone helplines offering legal advice, tax advice and confidential counselling.

Policyholders also have free access to DASbusinesslaw.co.uk, an online reference tool with guides, forms, advice and interactive documents to help any business operate more successfully.

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Drury PSM Ltd

Tel: 01274 626200
Email: info@drurypsm.com

HR Management System

An integrated HR approach to fully support your organisation. A full review of any current systems and procedures followed by preparation of an HR system to ensure compliance with current legislation. This will include:

  • Contracts of employment and a company handbook
  • Access to a 24/7 telephone advice service on any HR query
  • Preparation of letters, warnings etc for specific incidents
  • Updating of your system to implement changes in the law or within your organisation
  • Liaison with ACAS, solicitors and other legal representatives on your behalf with regard to employment matters
  • On-site assistance for serious matters at your premises
  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Legal expense insurance covering the legal costs and awards at tribunal including out of court settlements, attendance costs and appeal costs

HR Telephone Advice Service

Telephone assistance provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on any HR-related matter. We will ensure that you are provided with practical advice that will support and help achieve your business objectives.

We will assist where required with the preparation of letters and other bespoke documents, for example:

  • Grievance and disciplinary letters, improvement plans, contract terminations
  • Legal expense insurance covering the legal costs and awards at tribunal including out of court settlements, attendance costs and appeal costs

Health & Safety Management System

A workable Health & Safety management system to fully support your organisation. A consultant visit to review & update all current documentation and to provide a risk assessment inspection of your premises followed by a written report with guidance in complying with legislation.

  • Access 24/7 to the telephone advice service on any health & safety query
  • Updating of any documentation following changes in legislation or your business
  • Scheduled visits to assist you in reaching compliance
  • A visit to investigate serious or fatal accidents involving enforcing authorities
  • Liaison with enforcing authorities on your behalf with Drury acting as your “Competent Person”
  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Legal expense insurance covering legal costs of defending criminal prosecutions

Health & Safety Telephone Advice Service

  • A telephone advice service to provide assistance with any Health & Safety related matter 24hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • We can also review and comment on any information we receive by e-mail related to Health & Safety such as: completed risk assessments, contractor questionnaires and any notices received by the HSE or other enforcing bodies.
  • Legal expense insurance covering legal costs of defending criminal prosecutions

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Ellis Whittam Limited

Tel: 0845 226 8393
Email: timashworth@elliswhittam.com

Employment Law / HR – Support / Advice / Training

The UK’s best quality fixed fee employment law / HR support service. Every client has a dedicated expert adviser to provide fast, cost effective and commercial solutions for employment law / HR problems. Insurance backed to cover employment tribunal claims and compensation.

Health and Safety – Support / Advice / Training

The UK’s best quality fixed fee heath & safety support service, insurance backed to cover health and safety prosecutions. A cost effective solution for dealing with health & safety compliance issues, whilst still meeting commercial objectives.

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Employment Law Advisory Services Ltd (ELAS)

Tel: 0161 785 2000
Email: pam.rogerson@employment-law.uk.com

ELAS Ltd specialise in all aspects of Employment Law and Health & Safety. Our professional team of consultants provides employers with high-quality advice that is tailored to each individual business, 24 hours a day. All of our advice is comprehensively indemnified so alongside tribunal representation we can also indemnify against cost of any awards made against your business.

In addition to this, ELAS are constantly evolving and have introduced CRB Checks and Payroll to their list of services as well as having developed a revolutionary piece of software called Employersafe – a proactive personnel and health & safety management system.

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Forum of Private Business (FPB)

Tel: 01565 626045
Email: insuredadviceEM@fpb.org

The FPB is a not-for-profit business support organisation with years of experience of providing insured advice to thousands of small and medium-sized businesses – just like yours – across the UK.

For one low-cost annual payment, our friendly and qualified advisers will help you comply with the increasingly complicated laws on employment and health and safety in the workplace. We’ll also protect your business with legal expenses insurance for employment and health and safety issues, and awards at employment tribunals.

To find out more and to protect your business today, go to www.fpb.org/insuredadviceEM or call us on 01565 626045 (8am to 6pm).

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HR-Professional

Tel: 0845 1304167
Email: enquiries@hr-professional.co.uk

Our Employment Law and Health & Safety services ensure that employers can effectively manage workplace situations with the minimum of cost. Documentation, policies and procedures automatically updated in line with new legislation.

Documentation provided electronically, so that you can more easily file and distribute documents.

A 24-Hour telephone advice service ensures you get the best possible advice whenever you need it.

If you face an Employment Tribunal claim or action by a Health & Safety enforcement agency, our legal fees indemnity scheme can pick up the bill for your legal costs, compensation awards and settlements.

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Lloyds Employment Law Consultancy

Tel: 0844 7700656
Email: employmentlaw@lelc.co.uk

Lloyds Employment Law specialises in supporting businesses of all sizes through the complexities and difficulties imposed by Employment and Health and Safety Law. Our advice is supported by a Guarantee. This means if you follow our advice we will represent and pay all of the legal costs and the compensatory awards should you be taken to an Employment Tribunal, and we will pay any legal costs incurred to defend any Health and Safety Prosecution. Lloyds will Guarantee each claim up to a maximum of £100,000. Lloyds does not merely provide advice, Lloyds provides help.

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mhl support

Tel: 08453 100 659
Email: enquiries@mhlsupport.com

Extraordinary Support in Extraordinary Times
Our Employment Law team’s commitment to you…

There when you need us – 24 hours a day, every day.

  • Advice from qualified and experienced Employment Law Advisors – helping you to meet all your legal obligations. Whether a minor query or a sensitive HR issue, we’ll resolve it quickly and efficiently so that it won’t affect the running of your business.
  • Protection should the worst happen – our comprehensive indemnity protects you against legal costs if threatened with an employment tribunal – including representation from specialist Advocates and payment of awards made against your business.

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Our H&S Team’s commitment to you…

There when you need us – 24 hours a day, every day

  • Advice from qualified and experienced H&S Specialists – the H&S issues which affect one company won’t always affect another. We provide you with tailored advice and solutions to address the specific issues which you face. We resolve issues quickly and efficiently: you concentrate on growing your business.
  • Protection should the worst happen – should you be investigated by an enforcing authority our business defence provides you with expert strategic and legal support from specialist H&S lawyers.

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NatWest Mentor

Tel: 0800 970 9812 (Minicom 0800 634 7008)
Email: info@mentor.uk.com

NatWest Mentor is a leading provider of insured advice and packaged compliance services to UK SMEs. No matter the size of your business, we can offer you a fit-for-purpose, fixed price solution.

Our services enable you to achieve and maintain compliance in the legislative minefields of Employment Law and Health and Safety, protecting both you and your business from unexpected, stressful and potentially costly Employment Tribunal claims.

We also offer a comprehensive range of competitively-priced Environmental, Tax, Training, Occupational Health and tailored Consultancy Services. Isn’t it time you let Mentor take the strain?

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NorthgateArinso Employer Services

Tel: 0845 073 0244
Email: Diane.Haworth@northgatearinso.com

NorthgateArinso Employer Services is one the UK’s largest providers of both HR & Employment Law and H&S support.

The purpose of our service is to assist and enable you to manage Employment Law and H&S related matters within your organisation.

Access to our helpline offers you best practice advice on the right way to proceed in line with your business requirements.

Our Service includes Legal Expenses Insurance so your business could avoid any costs if you are presented with a Tribunal claim or HSE prosecution. Subject to policy conditions any costs and compensatory awards will be met through the insurance.

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Peninsula Business Services Ltd

Tel: 0844 892 2805
Email: insuredadvice@peninsula-uk.com

Employment Law Advice

The Peninsula Employment Law Advice & Indemnity Policy provides you with fully insured advice on employment matters. You have full access to our advice helpline and online EmployWise service to download any documentation you might need. We provide full legal representation with all legal expenses incurred in defending tribunal claims brought under employment legislation being covered by your policy. Your policy covers basic awards (but not redundancy payments) and compensatory awards determined against you by a tribunal in cases of unfair dismissal or unlawful discrimination. You also have access to our tax and VAT advisers.

Health & Safety Advice

The Peninsula Health & Safety Advice & Indemnity Policy provides you with fully insured advice on health and safety matters with full access to our advice helpline and online SafetyWise service to download any documentation you might need.

The policy covers the cost of providing a solicitor to attend interviews under caution and defending a criminal prosecution brought against the company, its directors or employees under Health & Safety at Work legislation. Appeals against Prohibition Notices and Improvement Notices are also covered, as are the costs of an expert witness. You also have access to our tax and VAT advisers.

Employment Law and Health & Safety Advice

The Peninsula Employment Law and Health & Safety Advice & Indemnity Policy provides fully insured advice on both employment and health and safety matters with full access to our advice helpline and online BusinessWise services (EmployWise and SafetyWise) to download any documentation you might need. The policy funds any legal representation required to defend Employment Tribunals and the costs of providing a solicitor to attend interviews under caution and prosecutions brought under Health & Safety at Work legislation. For full details of the cover provided, see the individual policies above. You also have access to our tax and VAT advisers.

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The Employment Services Partnership Ltd

Tel: 0844 764 1234
Email: support@espltd.info

ESP is a broadly-based Employment Law and Health & Safety consultancy.

Why are we different?

  • Want commercial, practical advice from your own team of dedicated employment solicitors and NEBOSH qualified H&S advisors?
  • Want that advice provided independent of any insurance coverage?
  • Want insurance cover with no restrictive policy conditions?
  • Want qualified legal representation support, in the event of a claim?
  • Want access to on-line documentation updated daily?
  • Want specialist on-site consulting support?

…do talk to us. We would be delighted to hear from you!

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Bennett’s Legal

Tel: 01743 453 161
Email: contactus@bennettslegal.co.uk

We are a boutique law firm helping businesses with Employment Law, Human Resources and Regulatory Law issues. We offer tailor-made solutions to enhance businesses to focus on their success without compliance headaches.

We offer a nationwide service.

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Boys & Maughan Solicitors

Tel: 0800 917 3080
Email: re@boysandmaughan.co.uk

EmployAssure the complete Employment Law solution from Boys & Maughan Solicitors gives you….

  • A Fixed Fee
  • Direct access to specialist Employment Law solicitors
  • A package precisely tailored to the size and the needs of your business
  • A Comprehensive Review of your employee contracts, policies, procedures, handbooks and Terms & Conditions with redrafting where necessary
  • A Free Solicitor Helpline for advice on employment decisions
  • Indemnity Insurance to protect you against legal costs and awards up to £100,000 per claim
  • Quarterly Updates with advice on how new legislation may impact upon your organisation
  • An annual audit

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Harvey Ingram LLP

Tel: 0116 257 4439
Email: john.palmer@harveyingram.com

Harvey Ingram provides tailored employment services to meet your specific needs. Specialising in supporting small and medium sized businesses, our ‘Harvey Enterprise’ package is exclusively designed for this market.

We offer everything from an insurance-backed helpline-only service to comprehensive legal advice. We offer a personalised service and don’t use call centres.

We advise on the whole spectrum of people issues, not just those matters with legal implications and can combine a helpline with on-site support, training and consultancy.

There are a number of available packages which include the ability to pay by monthly standing order.

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Henmans LLP

Tel: 01865 781021
Email: Victoria.Burnip@henmansllp.co.uk

Our bespoke service provides:

Employment advice helpline

Experienced, professional advisors providing practical employment advice which is protected from litigation disclosure.

Audit

Review and update of employment documentation and provision of key templates and policies.

Insurance cover

Tailored protection involving:

  • Tribunal awards, settlements and representation costs
  • Optional triggers, policy excesses and indemnity limits
  • Optional Directors cover

Legal e-bulletins

E-bulletins on changes in legislation, important cases and “best practice”.

Seminars

Employment and wider business topics providing “knowhow” and networking opportunities.

Training

Key areas such as avoiding disputes, tribunal proceedings and equal opportunities.

Costs

A tailored fixed cost annual retainer.

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Trethowans LLP

Tel: 023 8032 1000
Email: jon.loney@trethowans.com

Trethowans provides practical advice and guidance covering all aspects of Employment & HR law.

Our experience covers everything from TUPE, discrimination, recruitment & retention, disciplinary and performance issues right through to outsourcing and redundancy.

Insurance protection of up to £250,000 per claim is available to meet compensation and costs subject to policy terms.

We offer a quick, effective and personal service. Many of our clients regard us as part of the team, like an in-house resource.

We have received a number of pleasing testimonials and references from clients. This demonstrates the good rapport that we build up with our clients.

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ALS Health & Safety

Tel: 01375 673279
Email: info@alsltd.com

ALS offer a cost-effective professional service to industry and commerce. We can undertake one-off assignments or provide support as part of a longer term contract. Our coverage is nationwide.

Our services include:

  • Advisory service (insured)
  • Appointed Safety Advisor which enables you to designate ALS as your competent person under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
  • Corporate Health and Safety audits
  • Policy formation
  • Risk assessments including Fire and Legionella
  • Asbestos survey and management
  • Health & safety training
  • DSE workstation analysis
  • Manual handling assessments
  • Environmental services including occupational hygiene and monitoring
  • Access audits to ensure compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act

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Envex

Tel: 0118 977 3030
Email: enquiries@envexconsultants.co.uk

We offer a complete Appointed Safety Advisor Service. This offers you access to a competent person to deal with all health and safety issues, as required under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

This service enables:

  • Designated “competent person” to meet legislation
  • A resource to be called upon, as and when required, that knows you personally and can fit compliance issues into your existing business framework
  • A number of days for consultancy or training built in (the client decides how much support it wants/needs)
  • Access to unlimited telephone and email advice and support for no extra charge.
  • Discounts on additional work that may be needed
  • Priority response
  • Fully insured advice

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Personnel Health and Safety Consultants Ltd (PHSC)

Tel: 01622 717700
Email: enquiries@phsc.co.uk

We offer a complete and Insured Appointed Safety Advisor Service. This enables you to use us as your competent person for health and safety issues, as per the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.

This provides:

  • Designated “competent person” to meet legislation
  • A resource as and when required that knows you personally and can fit compliance issues into your existing business framework
  • Consultancy / training days built in (you decide how much support you want)
  • Unlimited telephone and email advice and support for no extra charge (24/7).
  • Discounts on additional work that may be needed
  • Fully insured advice

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RSA Environmental Health Ltd

Tel: 01933 626444
Email: enquiries@rsaenvironmentalhealth.co.uk

RSA offers a complete Safety Advisor Service. This enables you to use us as your competent person to answer an unlimited number of your health and safety questions and queries. This will satisfy the requirement of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to have access to competent advice. Furthermore, by using a built-in bank of time you can use us to help you address issues or training needs in a flexible and cost-effective manner. We’ll help you to manage your risks sensibly. In the event of a prosecution, all of your legal expenses are covered if you have followed our advice.

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If your company offers insured advice, and is not listed here, please contact BIS to apply by emailing insuredadvicepilots@bis.gsi.gov.uk.