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Bira legal

Unlimited support and advice

Expert advice in Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety when you need it, free and unlimited for Bira members.

How you'll benefit
As part of our promise to support you, help protect you and offer you peace of mind, we work with experts, Ellis Whittam, so we can provide you with advice and support, all at no extra cost to you.
  • Speak to qualified experts for advice on:
    • Employment Law & HR
    • Health & Safety
    • Commercial and business legal
    • Tax, VAT and HMRC
  • Assistance with your business legal compliance
  • Insurance indemnity cover for up to £50,000 per claim*
  • Call as many times as you need
  • Access to templates and downloads including Contracts of Employment and Employee Handbooks
  • Access to training materials through the Bira Legal portal (linked at the bottom of this page when logged in)
  • All included as part of your membership

Ellis Whittam Coronavirus  Hub

Organisations across the UK are naturally concerned about the spread of coronavirus and what it means for them. With the situation evolving daily, the Ellis Whittam Coronavirus Advice Hub is designed to offer a single source of regularly updated guidance so that you can take decisive action, minimise disruption, and keep people safe.

Get instant access to:

  • Sample letters and policies;
  • Risk assessment templates;
  • FAQs and guidance documents.

Coronavirus Hub

Free and unlimited legal services for Bira members

The Bira Legal service provides you with legal protection including:

  • Tax, VAT and PAYE advice
  • Employment law advice
  • Employment protection
  • Employment disputes protection
  • Health and safety advice
  • 24/7 access to legal hub
  • Hundreds of legal template documents
  • Access to a team of Solicitors, Tax Consultants, H&S Officers and Employment Specialists
  • Representation in and cost covered of employment tribunals with cover for up to £50,000
  • Protection against tax investigations
  • Protection against VAT investigations
  • Protection against PAYE investigations
  • Jury service protection
  • Data protection
  • Appeal against an improvement or prohibition or suspension notice issued by the Health and Safety Executive or the Food Standards Agency or a suspension notice issued under the Consumer Credit Act

Bira Legal One2One

Employment Law One2One provides an enhanced level of support in a more personal way. For example, you get your own named lawyer who will guide you through any problems as they arise.

Find out more

For Employment Law & HR advice

To help you proactively minimise the risk of employment disputes and claims, this service provides you with hands-on practical support to guide you on the latest legislation and best practice for your business. Advice must be taken from the start to ensure you are eligible for indemnity cover.

For Health & Safety advice

We will help you to comply with all current Health & Safety regulations, reducing the risk of incidents and prosecutions to enhance the health, safety and well-being of employees and customers. Protect your profit and reputation by maintaining robust Health & Safety practices.


For Commercial & Business Legal advice

For general commercial legal matters you are unsure of, no matter how trivial they may seem, the Commercial & Business Legal team can help you. Get free access to expert knowledge and practical advice you need to assist you with your business compliance.

For Tax, VAT and HMRC advice

HMRC matters can be disruptive and costly, putting a real strain on the business. bira legal provides representation and support during an HMRC enquiry. The bira legal service gives you free access to consultants who cover an extensive range of day-to-day areas of UK taxation. This service is designed to deal with Tax & VAT queries as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Your Bira Legal online portal gives you 24/7 access to guidance, template documents and training webcasts.

View, download and print documents for:

  • Contract of Employment
  • Employee Handbook
  • Disciplinary and Grievances
  • Flexible working
  • Redundancy
  • TUPE
  • Absence Management
  • Conduct
  • Discrimination
  • Apprentices

To access advice and view, download, amend and print your employment law, HR and health and safety documents in the bira legal portal, scroll to the end of the page and click on the Bira Legal Portal button.

Ellis Whittam provides HR and Health & Safety e-Learning courses that are engaging, cost effective and have a direct impact on your organisation.

Our e-Learning is delivered using videos and interactive testing. With access to the internet, your employees undertake the training at any time at any location. Training can be completed at a pace that suits each individual.

Training is a powerful tool in the avoidance, mitigation and defence of personal injury claims. If you can demonstrate that you have provided relevant training, your organisation is better protected.

The benefits of e-Learning include the reduction in downtime as the flexibility allows an individual to undertake the training at any time, 24/7, in any location. You no longer need to take groups of employees out of the workplace with operations coming to a halt. It does not require any special technology, training facilities or supervision and employees can complete the training at their own pace, in their own time, even at home.

At a glance you can see who has completed the training, and who has failed and needs to re-sit.

When employees have passed a module, they receive a certificate for their files. This is an excellent, cost effective way of you demonstrating to your employees that you take their development and wellbeing seriously.

Training modules cover more than 60 topics, including: Slips, Trips & Falls, Risk Assessment, COSHH, Display Screen Equipment, Environmental Awareness, Fire Safety, Food Hygiene, Lift Truck and Warehouse Safety, Lone Working, Manual Handling, Stress and many more. We are developing new courses all the time and recent additions include “soft skill” HR disciplines such as Equality & Diversity as well as GDPR.

Call 01244 688 454 or email to find out more.

*Bira Legal advice must be taken from the start prior to acting to ensure you are eligible for the indemnity cover. Only available for retail members and bira direct suppliers who have 275 employees or less. Insurance is provided subject to policy terms. You can download a copy of the Bira Legal expenses insurance policy at We only require contact in respect of employment matters.

All full retail members of bira have access to the helpline. Advice is available 8.00am to 6.00pm Mon to Fri (exc. public holidays). bira members with 275 or less employees have the added benefit of insurance indemnity. All full members including associate members and those with over 275 employees, are entitled to bira specially negotiated terms for individual services from Ellis Whittam (the Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety experts).

When it comes to receiving great legal advice and support, start here.

Bira members can login to access exclusive information

If you’re already a Bira member and want to take advantage of this service, simply login to view contact details for this service as well as exclusive member-only information.

If you’re not currently a Bira member, but you are interested in this service and other member benefits, find out more by joining us .

Alternatively, you can contact our membership team on 0800 028 0245

The Bira Legal team were also able to clear up recent changes made by the government to the regulations in relation to Statutory Sick Pay and the significant financial implications of these changes for small businesses such as ourselves. Something which most small business people seem not to have heard about.

The Bira Legal helpline service, where you can speak to someone directly, is worth every penny of our Bira membership.

H M Sowerbutts & Co Ltd