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LAW acquires Empire HR

Law At Work strengthen client experience with the acquisition of Aberdeen-based Empire.

Following the successful integration of LAW and Square Circle HR in 2016, this expansion has now created the leading people management consultancy headquartered in Scotland.  As trusted experts in employment law, HR and health & safety, LAW and Empire clients now have access to an even wider and stronger range of flexible employee relations services under one roof.

What’s changed?

The Law At Work group now has 70 staff based across a network of four offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.  The combined heritage of LAW and Empire will ensure that clients continue to receive the best levels of service and legal support – not just in Scotland, but across the UK.  Our priority is to continually enhance the customer experience, while staying true to the outstanding levels of client care delivered by both LAW and Empire for more than a decade.


What’s new for LAW clients?

Existing LAW clients will now benefit from four LAW offices, meaning we’re even more accessible than before.  In addition, given their prominence in the north-east of Scotland, Empire bring a wealth of experience in the oil & gas sector.  All our service delivery teams are now stronger with the new arrival of additional qualified and experienced colleagues.  A 24/7 advisory service will now be accessible to retained HR clients at no additional cost: so we can support employers at any time of day.  Empire’s strength in internal verification for ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001, as well as cutting-edge new HR technology, will also bring benefits to existing LAW clients.

“It is a great opportunity for us to provide the best support for UK businesses to meet the rising challenges of legal compliance while having the certainty and transparency of fixed fees. From GDPR to tribunals and health & safety compliance, pressure on busy employers has never been greater.”

Magnus Swanson from LAW, Chairman of the new group

What’s new for Empire clients?

Existing Empire clients will benefit from our expanded network of offices, and from LAW’s prominence in the central belt of Scotland.  In addition, LAW’s legal team of 13 qualified employment solicitors – known as one of the strongest and best-resourced employment law teams in Scotland – is the perfect complement to Empire’s existing advisory team. 

“We are two businesses which have known each other well for many years. We share the same aims and objectives: allowing clients to get on with growing their business, while we take their legal and compliance worries away. We are both already best in class but, through a combined offering, are now better placed than ever to set the standard others can only aspire to.”

New Group MD, Steve Cook from Empire

Areas of Expertise

Employment Law At Work
Fed up with unexpected and unjustified legal bills? Looking for a quality service at an all-inclusive annual cost? With direct access to a named employment lawyer, we enable employers to make fast, commercial decisions.
At Work
Need a specialist HR professional? Require independent external HR expertise? Or just don’t have the time to implement the solution? Let our HR Consultants take the strain and support you.
At Work
Want a break from off the shelf health & safety providers? Need up to date, jargon-free guidance? We deliver cost-effective support, tailored to your business: whatever your sector or size.