About HR Legal Service


HR Legal Service offers a cost-effective employment law advisory service that takes the best practice of expensive City law firms at one end of the scale and commoditised call centre help lines at the other. We integrate specialist operational legal advice with commercial best practice online HR resources – avoiding duplicate spend and that potential ‘disconnect’ between advice and key documentation support.

HR magazine chose ESPHR as its partner to deliver HR Legal Service as a result of its business-focused, jargon-free and exceptional customer service offer together with cutting edge technology solutions. The firm’s revolutionary subscription pricing model ensures an operational employment law advisory service for HR professionals that is personal, fast, highly commercial and cost effective.

Customers pay a fixed, annual subscription fee to receive:

ESPHR is leading the drive to raise expectations of customer service across the legal industry and has been shortlisted in the Excellence in Client Service category at The Law Society Excellence Awards 2016. The prestigious awards commend best practice in all areas of the legal industry with leading UK law firms competing for the top honours.


To see how we have helped Coral save thousands of pounds in legal fees, please read our case study


To see how we have helped global fashion brand PVH cut costs, please read our case study

ABS in a minute


ABSs remove existing restrictions on legal firms, allowing both solicitors and non-solicitors to share management and ownership of the business and offer regulated legal services in England and Wales. This means that organisations’, such as banks, insurers or supermarkets, can now offer legal services to consumers, as well as traditional law firms.

The aim of the ABS business model is to ensure the legal sector better meets customers’ needs, by giving them new, more cost-effective ways of accessing legal services from a wider range of providers. This, in turn, encourages more competition in the sector and forces traditional law firms to become more innovative and customer-focused. That’s the theory.

ABSs are regulated by a number of approved licensing authorities, including the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Council for Licensed Conveyancers, who assess each application and issue licenses’ where appropriate. At present, the Legal Services Board estimates there are almost 600 ABS-type firms, varying in size from small, one-man bands to top 200 firms, all offering very different services.

At the time of the granting of the first ABS licence in March 2012, then justice minister Jonathan Djanogly, said it was a “huge milestone” for UK legal services.

“ABSs introduce more competition in the market place, delivering competitive pricing, higher standards of product
and more choice for the consumer"

ABSs are often part-owned and managed by business professionals from a customer service background, employing the practising solicitors you would find in a traditional law firm, they are regulated in the same way as other law firms and they favour a fairer pricing model to billable hourly rates.

This all means HR departments get the same high quality advice they would expect from a City law firm, but with the opportunity of higher standards of customer service and lower costs, so it may just pay to take advantage of what an ABS can offer.


ESP Law Ltd is a new alternative business structure (ABS) law firm, which is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Thanks to the Legal Services Act, the monopoly on providing specialist legal advice has been broken and a new form of legal services provider is finally loosening the grip traditional law firms used to have over HR departments – and their budgets!

T. 0333 006 2929 E. info@esphr.co.uk

HR Legal Service is delivered by our strategic partner, ESPHR. ESPHR is a trading brand of the ESP group of associated companies, which include:

The Employment Services Partnership Ltd (esp ltd), a company registered in England and Wales with company number 4694032. Vat Registered No. 811261668.

ESP Law Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales under company number 8951807. Vat Registered No. 183243316.

ESP HR Information Services Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales with company number 7803475. Vat Registered No. 123731441.

ESP Safeguard Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales with company number 7832239. ESP Safeguard Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is entered on the FCA register (www.fca.org.uk) under reference 587248.The Employment Services Partnership Ltd is an appointed representative of ESP Safeguard Ltd.

The ESP group of associated companies have their registered offices at ESP House, 4 The Links Business Centre, Old Woking Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 8BF.

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The Legal Advisory Team

Employment legal advice is provided by an independent associated ESP company, ESP Law Ltd. ESP Law Ltd (SRA ID number 618773) is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and complies with the Solicitors Code of Conduct.