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Personnel Today Employment Law Firm of the Year 2022

The Staff Today Awards 2022 will take place on November 15, 2022 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Here we feature the finalists for the Employment Law Firm of the Year category, each of whom has made critical contributions to their clients’ post-pandemic planning and successes.


Disrupting a largely traditional legal industry, ESP HR has played a key role in revolutionizing the way HR, RE and employment law interact. Rejecting previously fragmented ways of working and putting in place technology that facilitates a joint approach, the company has enabled its customers to work more collaboratively and strategically to achieve their goals.

Taking a personal approach to customer service, esphr has worked closely with Entain, one of the largest sports betting and gaming groups in the world, taking time to integrate into the organization through ER training internally, as well as collaborating to further develop a market. -a software solution as a leading ER case management service to meet its industrial tribunal needs as closely as possible. This led to the launch of a new ET claims reporting feature, which was then rolled out to all of ESP HR’s customer base.

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The impact of ESP HR support is evident in the transformational impact the service and software have had overall.
Entain has been responsible for a number of referrals that have won ESP HR several major clients, including well-known brands such as Greene King and PVH. This intention to challenge the status quo has seen the team innovate, collaborate and share skills in ways that have not been customary in the industry. Recognizing the pitfalls businesses face when seeking legal advice and the hurdle that escalating costs can pose to obtaining that advice, ESP HR inspired ESP HR to create something better. When it comes to clients, the team’s approach is not transactional, but strategic – developing and implementing solutions and advice that not only help here and now, but also drive improvements across the board. of the company.

Trowers & Hamlins

The Trowers & Hamlins team has a clear goal: to help its clients proactively meet their challenges and become the employers of the future. With HR clients including household names such as Costco, Moonpig and Betfair; industry specialists such as the National Autistic Society and charities such as Save the Children UK, RNID and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the company has sought to fully engage with organizations on the rapidly changing workplace .

The relationship between employer and employee is changing, and clients (in all industries) face immense challenges in recruiting and retaining talented staff and successfully responding to changing workplace dynamics. Clients say they want to invest their time focusing on strategic solutions for people to be inclusive, accountable and successful. They are concerned with challenges such as maintaining the culture in a hybrid or fully flexible work environment, removing systemic barriers to inclusion, and keeping up with technological change. They want their businesses to be more efficient and improve productivity.

In response, Trowers & Hamlins has aligned its legal assistance to address these issues and provide the right balance of practical advice and progressive thinking, developing the theme of “the employer of the future” to drive all of its client interactions.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s 70 attorneys operate as a truly national group with a strong team ethic. Following the Covid pandemic, HR professionals are now faced with the ripple effects such as its impact on well-being and mental health, as well as the challenges and opportunities associated with hybrid working. Irwin Mitchell proactively supported HR teams to anticipate and address these challenges. Last year, he launched a high-profile campaign highlighting menopause-related issues in the workplace. A survey conducted by renowned GP and menopause specialist, Dr Louise Newson, found that 99% of respondents believed perimenopause or menopause symptoms had had a negative impact on their careers. Almost 20% were absent for more than eight weeks and half of this group resigned or took early retirement. Irwin Mitchell was one of the first companies to see this as a diversity issue with the increase in labor court claims. He acted proactively ahead of parliamentary scrutiny to determine whether additional legal protection was needed.

At the heart of his campaign was a report by Irwin Mitchell which included the results of a YouGov survey of 1,000 UK-based HR professionals. The campaign included webinars (attending 300 HR professionals) and podcasts, discussing what companies can do to better support their menopausal female employees and why there is a business case for doing so. The company has also made available two free guides for dealing with menopause at work, including a free menopause policy template.

His comprehensive strategy has helped Irwin Mitchell grow his customer base and secure new business with existing clients. Commission income over the past three years has increased from £6m to £9m.

Winckworth Sherwood

The Winckworth Sherwood team is passionate about providing active and creative advice (and training) to help clients achieve their goals. Particularly with the growing embrace of ESG requirements across all sectors, she has focused on results that have both commercial and ethical considerations and credibility. Retaining and attracting candidates has been very challenging for clients in a highly competitive work environment where strong governance and leadership with a vision as to how and where their workforce wants to work and contribute has become increasingly important for customers and the policies they implement.

Winckworth Sherwood has been a key contributor to client decisions regarding hybrid working. Clients needed support in restructuring their workforce as well as advice on group and one-on-one consultations as a realignment of key management and broader workforce changes took place. had to be implemented to sustain their activities. A number of firm teams have worked hand-in-hand with the leadership teams to guide and support them in planning and implementing their decision-making, communications and processes, as steps essential, sometimes critical and urgent, were needed to shift their businesses back to productivity.

Working with its customers (rather than just for them) has enabled Winckworth Sherwood to add value, to better understand what these customers consider important and fundamental to solving a myriad of complex issues that have arisen in these unique times.

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