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Virtual HR Adviser

For many businesses, particularly SMEs, there is no business justification in employing a professional HR team - often their services aren’t required on a full or even part-time basis. It is typically when, for example, staff join and leave, if an issue with a specific employee arises or if there is a significant change to the business that HR input is needed.  

However, businesses may also require HR support from time to time to ensure that best practice is followed and frequent changes in employment law are complied with. HR professionals are an expensive resource and  also need regular  training – this is an additional cost to your business  and, unless you have more than one person in the role, you may often have periods of time where you will have no HR cover. 

All of this means that, when an employment issue suddenly arises, managing directors, finance directors or other senior managers must spend valuable time dealing with what can be extremely complex legal issues where significant financial liability can arise if the matter is not handled by a professional. This is where your “Virtual HR Adviser” can help. 

  • On an ad hoc basis, we can quickly review the employment law issue at hand and advise you on how to deal with it on a practical and commercial basis. 
  • On a more general level, our employment lawyers can provide your business with an initial review of your employment practices and can help you put in place the necessary documents such as standard contracts of employment, staff policies and handbooks which will assist in the smooth running of your business from an HR perspective.

Our overall aim in providing this cost effective Virtual HR Adviser service is to free up directors and senior managers from the burden of complex HR and employment law issues so that they can focus on driving their businesses forward.  

If you would like to get in touch with our employment team about a Virtual HR adviser, please contact us on 020 7234 0200 or

Anthony Purvis

Partner, Employment Law

Anthony offers succinct and practical advice to both businesses and individuals on various issues including redundancies, unfair and wrongful dismissals claims, unlawful discrimination, grievance and disciplinary procedures, TUPE, staff handbooks, contracts of employment, restrictive covenants and their enforcement, settlement agreements and the employment aspects of corporate reorganisations or sales. Read more...

Matthew Hodson 

Associate, Employment Law

Matthew handles all types of employment matters. He represents and advises employees and employers on issues involving whistleblowing, discrimination, redundancies, unfair and wrongful dismissal, TUPE, Working Time Regulations, restrictive covenants and settlement agreements.  Read more...