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Law At Work and Empire combine to form the leading employee relations consultancy in Scotland

BY Magnus Swanson
Employment Law & HR

Law At Work (LAW) has completed an acquisition of HR and employment law firm, Empire HR.  Established in 2005 and now with 35 employees, Aberdeen-based Empire has expanded steadily to become one of the leading independent employment law and HR companies in the north east of Scotland.

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 all 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 client experience, while staying true to the outstanding levels of client care delivered by both LAW and Empire for more than a decade.

The group 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.  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 in the near future.

What does our leadership team say?

Magnus Swanson from LAW, Chairman of the new group, said:

“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.

The combination of the two businesses will enable both LAW and Empire clients to access new enhanced services. Businesses want advisors they can trust and this deal brings together two trusted advisers in their distinct markets to form the strongest consultancy in our field in Scotland.”

New Group Managing Director, Steve Cook from Empire, added:

“‘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.”

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