Activ People HR Partners

Managing people takes more than HR software.  While our software can support any business from 5-5000 staff, often it is specialist advice and HR services that really make the difference.

We created the Activ Absence HR Partner Network to give clients easy access to a network of experienced, trusted HR professionals who we are happy to recommend.  Our HR network partners are independent and we receive no fee for recommending them, it’s just one more way for us to add value to the services we provide to our customers.

Legal Experts

Our Legal Partners are highly qualified and experienced in employment law.  We are happy to recommend the following partner providers:

Hugh James Solicitors


Geographical Area Covered:   UK Wide

Contact Telephone Number: 029 2022 4871

The Hugh James employment and HR services team delivers astute employment advice and support in partnership with you. We seek to provide pragmatic solutions, minimise risk and help maximise human capital.

The team provides a comprehensive range of services in dealing with professional and operational HR issues. We handle a wide variety of employment law work, delivering high quality services that make a real difference to businesses. Our services include:

  • Absence management
  • Performance management
  • Managing disciplinary and grievance procedures/issues
  • Defending employment tribunal claims, including all preparation and advocacy
  • Dispute resolution and mediation
  • Drafting contracts, contractual disputes and implementation of contractual changes
  • HR policies and procedures
  • Managing diversity – ensuring compliance, best practice and resolving conflicts
  • Managing and advising upon dismissal processes/settlement agreements
  • Pensions and employee benefits
  • Redundancies, restructuring and change management
  • TUPE
  • Stress and bullying claims
  • Advice on atypical working i.e. part time and fixed terms employees
  • Advice on legislation, relevant case law, best practice guidance
  • Training



Morgan La Roche, West Wales


Contact Telephone Number:  01267 493130

Employment Law Advice

Our Employment team can provide your business with wide and varied support in relation to non-contentious employment law including the preparation of all employment documents, including: –

  • contracts of employment
  • consultancy agreements
  • grievance and disciplinary policies
  • appeal procedures
  • health and safety policies and procedures
  • employee handbooks

We can also provide detailed and expert advice to business owners, Line Managers and HR Managers across a full range of employment issues, including redundancy situations, TUPE transfers, disciplinary and grievance procedures, family friendly rights, long-term sickness and contractual disputes.

Employer Support Service

MLR’s fixed fee comprehensive Employment Law and HR service allows you to outsource your HR challenges to us so that you can focus on your business.

Whether your business has dedicated in-house HR or not our package is flexible and can be tailored to your needs.

Click here to download our brochure for more details.

Employment Tribunal Claims

We are experienced in dealing with all aspects of Employment Tribunal claims for business owners including advocacy.

Business Sales and Acquisitions

We regularly work with MLR’s company/commercial and property teams in corporate transactions, including undertaking employee due diligence and providing advice, practical guidance and support on the TUPE Regulations.

Settlement Agreements

Our employment team can advise employers on exit negotiations and draft Settlement Agreements to issue to employees.

We can also advise employees promptly on the terms of any settlement agreement for a fixed fee (usually payable by the employer).


For more information please contact Hannah Dahill on 01267 493130 or email

Fox Whitfield (offices throughout England & Wales)


Geographical Area Covered: All of England & Wales

Contact Tel Number: 01173305980 (Bristol office) 07766562730 (Bristol mobile number)

Summary of Services:

Fox Whitfield is a small firm of employment lawyers specialising in all aspects of employment law, with offices all across the UK including Manchester, Southampton, North Yorkshire, Bristol and Cheshire.

In the South West, Dionne Dury heads up the Bristol office at Aztec West (just off of junction 16 of the M5).

The firm advises all sizes and types of employers on a full range of issues including dismissals (for capability and conduct), redundancies, TUPE, discrimination law, maternity, paternity, parental (and shared parental) leave, flexible working rights, all types of day to day HR issues and Employment Tribunal claims.

We also advise and represent employees including providing advice on settlement agreements.

Dionne has recently launched a training programme and will be regularly hosting training events at the Bristol office on key employment law topics. The firm also offers bespoke training which can be tailored to fit the needs of your business.

Due to our size we are able to understand the needs and backgrounds of our clients. Knowing our clients and their businesses enables us to offer practical advice that reflects their approach, ethos and values.

Our solicitors are experts in their field and have many years of experience advising on employment issues.

Wiiliam B Rose Associates (covers whole of UK)


Geographical Area Covered:   UK Wide

Contact Telephone Number: 0845 600 4996

Here at WBR, we firmly believe that the generic, “one size fits all” approach adopted by the majority of Employment Law litigators doesn’t do justice for the requirements of the client, which is why we have pioneered our own system.

Instead of charging on a per-hour basis, which encourages lawyers to drag their feet, we offer a comprehensive service for a renewable monthly fee. We simplify the lawyer/client relationship by removing the complicated notion of paid time from the equation; this way, we are able to arrive at mutually beneficial solutions that prioritise efficiency and protect investments.

WBR services include:

  • Specialist Employment Law advice delivered by an allocated solicitor with a second point of contact
  • HR Support
  • Bespoke Employment Law & HR Skills Training

We offer expertise in the following areas (but not limited to);

  • Compliance (Contracts of Employment, Employee Handbooks, HR Manuals)
  • Strategic Management (TUPE, Re-Structures, Change Management, Cultural Management, Mediation and Arbitration)
  • Performance Management (Appraisals, Managing Poor Performers, Staff Motivation, Rewards Schemes, Training)
  • Resolving Disputes in the Workplace (Disciplinary & Grievance Issues)
  • Termination of Employment (Conduct Dismissals, Performance Related Dismissals, Ill Health Capability Dismissals, Redundancy)
  • Handling Employment Tribunal Claims

For more information or a free consultation, please visit our website or contact James 01270 620187or email

Davenport Solicitors (London based)


Geographical Area Covered:   UK Wide

Contact Telephone Number: 0207 959 2358

Davenport Solicitors is an award winning HR and employment law firm.

At Davenport Solicitors, we believe that prevention is better than the cure. Our mantra is PREVENT, PROTECT and PROSPER!

We remove the worries of HR and employment law so that you can concentrate on running your business. Our services range from fixed fee ad hoc advice to bespoke HR packages designed to protect your business.

We help businesses with every aspect of HR and employment law from implementing contracts and documentation to managing redundancies and changing terms and conditions to representing them at tribunal.

Our comprehensive HR packages allows you access to our experienced lawyers, who can assist you with any HR/employment law query. You also have the option to opt for the Employers Dispute Insurance, provided by a professional Insurance company, for peace of mind, in the event of a Tribunal claim.

We understand that employment and Immigration laws in the UK are continually changing, evolving and updating. This makes it extremely difficult for businesses to stay abreast of the current regulations that apply to them. If you accept that you cannot stay on top of all of the latest developments and changes that relate to your business or you would prefer to be advised by a professional in this field, please get in touch.

We take great pride in providing a service that will ensure that you and your business can remain fully informed in respect of all employment and immigration matters that apply to your business.

Contact: Vandana Dass

Independent HR Consultants

Independent HR Consultants work with a wide number of clients, most will allow you to completely outsource all your HR needs to them, or alternatively provide advice or work with you on specific HR challenges or projects.

Connective Business Solutions (Wales, Midlands & South West)


Geographical Area Covered:  Primarily Wales, the Midlands and the South West (although we have clients as far afield as Manchester and Kent)

Contact Telephone Number: 01443 719159

Our HR Consultants manage the time consuming and complex issues that can arise when dealing with employment law, developing good employment practices and strategies within your business.

 HR Support

The legalities of managing employees can be quite daunting and with legislation changing regularly it is essential your policies and procedures are robust and compliant. Our outsourced HR service is available on a yearly contract and provides the certainty of knowing that expert advice is on hand at a fixed cost saving you time and money.  Our service can be tailored to suit all requirements, and can include:

  • of existing documentation;
  • Template Contract of Employment;
  • Staff Handbook;
  • Updates as legislation changes;
  • Online access to template HR Forms and Letters;
  • Unlimited off-site support;
  • Regular on-site assistance.

HR Consultancy

We cover a range of aspects adding real value helping you manage and grow your business, including:

  • Organisational Development / Transformation;
  • Employee Engagement;
  • Employee Retention;
  • Employee Relations;
  • Effective People Practices;
  • Redundancy.


HR Training

Our trainers are experts in their subjects and highly skilled in adapting the learning to meet the necessary requirements. Our courses can be delivered at our facilities or at your premises, and can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

JG HR Solutions (Mid, West & South Wales)


Geographical Area Covered:  Mid, West and South Wales, with a base just outside Aberystwyth and a base in Pyle.

Contact Telephone Number: 07701 35 66 63

JG HR Solutions can provide all the people management support for your business.

Bespoke packages available from as little as £120 per month including unlimited telephone and email advice.

Take the pain away and let JG HR Solutions ensure you are legally compliant with employee contracts, policies, advice, mediation, sickness absence etc. Let JG HR Solutions look after your people management whilst you concentrate on your business.

Jam HR (Welsh/English Borders & South Wales)


Geographical Area Covered:  all UK, but specifically South Wales, South West England, Monmouthshire, Herefordshire & Gloucestershire

Contact Telephone Number:  Mobile: 07867 306442  Office: 01291 760488

Jam HR was founded by Jenny Duckworth and provides flexible, affordable and bespoke HR advice, support and solutions for small to medium businesses.

Jenny obtained a 2:1 in French and an MBA and is MCIPD qualified (Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel & Development). She has over 17 years HR generalist, talent acquisition and management experience both at a strategic and operational level within blue-chip companies across a variety of industry sectors.

Working to Jam’s Company values of Joyous about what we do;Architects of creating successful organisations;Motivated to achieve results; Heartfelt service andResponsible Consultants, Jam HR provides HR Consultancy services offering advice and specialist support, whether it’s for a one-off project, on-going support, 1 day a week or 1 day a month – on-line, on-site or telephone support.

Our Clients range from designers; accountants; pharmaceutical, agricultural, retail, distribution & storage, and financial services’ Companies and we provide a variety of services to them, including, although not exclusively:

  • Absence Management
  • Bullying & Harassment
  • Contracts of Employment
  • Discipline & Dismissal
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employment rights
  • Employment Law advice
  • Grievance and disputes
  • HR Policies & Procedures
  • HR & People Management Skills Training
  • Appraisals and reviews
  • Performance Management
  • Recruitment Selection
  • Recruitment suppliers
  • Resourcing Policies and Process
  • Interviews & Assessment days
Pears & Daniels (M4 Corridor, Bath based)


Geographical Area Covered:   M4 Corridor & Bath

Contact Telephone Number: Pip: +44 (0)7917 178378, Gill: +44 (0)7979 537820

We cover all aspects of Human Resource Management. However, we have extensive experience of dealing with the more complex and challenging areas of HR that can divert attention away from your day to day operational role.

 Growing and dynamic businesses are sometimes left wondering whether they do actually need HR support. The wheels haven’t fallen off yet so why bother?

 Here are a few reasons why and some examples of the types of services we provide:

HR Health Check –  provides a full and expert review of current employment contracts, policies, procedures, practices, to highlight compliance with current UK legislation and best practice.

Outsourced HR –  Our outsourced HR Service can be very effective at bridging the gap and taking your people worries away.

Disciplinaries, Grievance, Dismissal and Sickness Absence: We can resolve these quickly and effectively for you so you can concentrate on running your core business.

Restructuring, Redundancy & TUPE transfers: We have huge experience in this area and can advise and design a change programme for you which is tailored specifically for your business.

Training – We can run one off and regular clinics and training on all areas of HR for your managers so they can operate more effectively.
Family friendly advice: Maternity/Paternity/Adoption/Rights to Time Off/Flexible Working Requests – are often emotive subjects for employees and can impact how productive they are at work. We will guide you through this minefield with your commercial business interests in mind.

Settlement Agreements: If you want to avoid having an Employment Tribunal Claim land on your desk, speak to us about drawing up a Settlement Agreement.

 To discuss any HR matters on a confidential and ‘no obligation’ basis, please contact us.

hchr (Swansea Bay based, cover whole of UK)


Geographical Area Covered:   UK wide

Contact Telephone Number: 01792 234761

hchr has been established to provide a low-cost, high-quality human resources & health & safety resource forbusinesses that do not have their own HR department and to provide ad hoc expert resources to largercompanies.

Our job is to demystify the legislation, explain your obligations and provide cost effective ways in which you can implementeffective policies and procedures to help your business. As your outsourced HR resource, we are there as and when you need us. For a fraction of the cost of having your own in house team.

So, why pay for an HR department, when you can have afullservice for the price of a clerk? You’re in control of the service and package you want.

We are your qualified, pragmatic, friendly team and look forward to meeting you.

Aible (South Wales, South West & M4 Corridor)


Geographical Area Covered:   Mid-South Wales (e.g. from Abergavenny South and Swansea East), M4 Corridor & South West (i.e. Avon , Somerset & Devon)

Contact Telephone Number: 01656 630 010 or 07753 496 063

Partner Number: 100103

Your people are often the best part of your business but they can also be the hardest to manage!

That’s why outsourcing to a HR expert makes sense.  I can save you time and money by taking your HR headaches away, leaving you to focus on doing what you do best – growing your business!

From working with a variety of clients across various industries, business sizes and locations, I know that each business has different challenges.

You may be looking for regular HR support, need help every now and again or perhaps you have a large project to deal with. I offer a free 1 hour assessment of your workplace, so whatever you need, we can talk about the right package of support for you.

  • Monthly Retained Services
  • Ad-Hoc HR Support
  • HR Project Support

During the session I’ll review and understand your current policies and procedures, your overall business objectives, the size of your operation and the main challenges you face.

My areas of expertise are:

  • Employee Documentation
  • Performance Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Disciplinary and Grievance
  • Recruitment & Selection
  • Running a compliant TUPE (Transfer of Undertaking of Protected Employment) process
  • Mediation
  • Appraisals
  • Line Manager Training
West Country HR (Southern England)


Geographical Area Covered:   South of England

Contact Telephone Number: 07419 113509

At Westcountry HR we provide professional Human Resource support with practical advice that will help you manage your employees as and when you need it.

If you are a small to medium sized employer then we can provide confidential HR support and help you develop your business. The support we offer can be tailored to suit your business needs no matter how big or small.

  • What can we do for you?
  • Provide absence/performance management advice
  • Create your HR Policies and Procedures
  • Carryout Management and Leadership training
  • Design Appraisal templates
  • Help with any Disciplinary and Grievance advice
  • Provide and review your Contracts and Job Descriptions
  • Discuss your Employee Engagement strategies
  • Provide a HR admin support
  • Run all your Recruitment needs at a low cost….. saving you time and money

For a free no obligation chat please get in touch.

People Work Together (Swansea based, covers Wales, Midlands, South and North West)


Geographical Area Covered: Wales, England (NW, Midlands, SW)

Contact Telephone Number: 01792 209160

Partner Number: 100112

Based in Swansea, People Work Together was founded by Christine Rimmer FCIPD in 2014, and supports a client base mainly in South and West Wales.

People Work Together has a flexible approach to the provision of HR services, depending on the needs of its clients, and can provide both retained and ad hoc HR support.

Christine’s vision is for SMEs to be able to access the same level of professional HR advice as large companies receive from their HR departments, and she likes to build strong working relationships with her clients. Retained business partner packages are focussed on regular face to face meetings with clients, and a practical, hands-on approach to working together.

People Work Together operates through a team of trusted Associate Consultants, all of whom are CIPD qualified. Here are some examples of the type of work that they do:
• Recruitment
• Statements of employment and bespoke employee handbooks
• Disciplinary and grievance case management
• Absence management
• Performance management
• Changes to terms and conditions (rates of pay, hours of work)
• Re-structures and re-locations
• TUPE transfers
• Redundancies
• Independent workplace investigations
• Mediation services
• Executive coaching and mentoring
• Team Leader training
• Interim HR management cover

Lesley Richards, Head of CIPD Wales & Independent HR Consultant

Geographical Area Covered: Wales

Contact Telephone Number: 07919 156060

Based in Cardiff, Lesley Richards is an independent HR Consultant and is also Head of the CIPD in Wales.

Lesley offers help, training and advice to all sizes of company on HR issues, and works with the local CIPD branches to organise and support events for HR practitioners in the Wales Region.

A list to CIPD events in Wales is kept here


Other HR Services

These professionals provide complementary HR services, including employee benefits, training and occupational health and they we are happy to recommend them to Activ People HR clients.

The OH Business - Occupational Health Advice


Geographical Area Covered:  Cardiff & South Wales

Contact: Jean Fisher, 01443 262219,

I am an occupational health nurse with more than 30 years experience.  I provide a full range of occupational health services in South Wales including health surveillance, fit for work medicals,sickness absence referrals and return to work assessments. I support a number of businesses in Wales providing advice on reducing their sickness absence costs.

We also offer a wide variety of FREE online resources to help employers keep their staff at work – check them out!


Insight Health Screening (occupational health services)


Geographical Area Covered:  Mainly South and South West Wales but we also have national contracts.  We have a specially converted van and trailer that can go to site to do hearing tests etc.  Our furthest client is in Inverness!

Contact Telephone Number:  01792 321010

At Insight we offer a full occupational health remit.  This includes Health surveillance (lung function, hearing tests), management referrals for sickness absence, vaccination programs, drug and alcohol testing and wellbeing days.  We have a team of nurses and technicians and use established OH doctors.

We can offer these services from our offices near Swansea or have specially converted vehicles that can visit your site to minimise disruption to your workforce.

We are accredited to Constructing Better Health, Achilles (Rail Network) and Constructionline.

Our customers range from large organisations to sole traders who need one off medical clearance to be a sub-contractor.


Counsellors Online


Geographical Area Covered:  Nationwide or International through Skype or online.

Contact: or via the contact form on the website.

Talk in Confidence:

Counsellors Online is somewhere you can talk in confidence without being judged from the privacy of your own home via Skype.

Jackie is UK trained, a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH)

Management and prevention of mental health problems:

Managing stress in the workplace remains a massive challenge for many UK employers.

A major concern for many companies is the cost of stress related absence, which according to some estimates is costing the UK economy £6.5bn a year. Employers can reduce the impact and improve their welfare support for all levels of staff by taking a more pro-active holistic approach. There are measures a company can take to address stress related problems earlier and prevent them from escalating.

Employers can improve their communication about mental health and ensure there aren’t any stigmas surrounding mental illness. They can engage, support and refer employees before they reach the stage where they need to take long term absence.

Identifying symptoms early can make a big difference to the outcome for both the business and the employee. Mental health conversations can be uncomfortable and it is helpful to have access to qualified and experienced support to help that journey.

Counsellors help manage the time consuming and complex issues that can arise when dealing with Mental Health support within your business. We work with all clients differently and believe every client is unique and no two people fit the same counselling model of which we use a number of different techniques.

Research into online counselling has established the efficacy of online therapy with treatment outcomes at least equal to traditional in-office settings. There is also research to suggest that online counseling is more effective because a client is at greater ease and feels less intimidated than they would in traditional settings. This makes clients more likely to be honest and thus allow the counsellor to provide better treatment.

Tom May's Mentorship Programme (coaching & mentoring)


Geographical Area Covered:  National

Contact Telephone Number:  Ryan Sketchley, 0207 680 6591/07889559186

Tom May’s ‘Be The Best You Can Be. Everyday’ is the programme that will help you maximise the productivity of your business. The mentorship and development programme harnesses Tom’s unique experience across both professional rugby and personal development in a series of seminars designed to empower your staff in everything they do. Focusing on creating empowering environments, attention to detail and preparation and analysis, Tom’s three distinct modules provide learnings for both emerging talent and senior management teams on exactly how they can deliver market-leading, consistent performance.

Tom spent 17 years at the top of professional rugby, with a career spanning the early days of professionalism through the booming rugby world of 2015. Tom’s longevity at the top of such a competitive sport taught him valuable lessons about self-discipline, adaptability, teamwork and performance preparation. Alongside this, Tom secured two degrees in management from Newcastle and Northumbria Universities during his playing career, ensuring this programme is underpinned with the academic grounding that can deliver real business gains. Tom May is third in the all-time list of Aviva Premiership appearance makers and his mentorship programme can be the foundation of helping you to drive similarly consistent, long-term performance levels within your business.


Plutus Health (not for profit healthcare plans)

Website :

Geographical Area Covered : – South and South West Wales, Mid Wales, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Bristol.

Contact Tel. Numbers : – Office: 01633 266152, Mobile: 07817 737550


Plutus Health is a not-for-profit  health plan provider delivering innovative health plans designed for employee benefit packages. Supported  by professional friendly staff offering excellent customer service and underpinned by a heritage in the healthcare sector traced back to 1839.

Healthcare benefits are an aid to employee recruitment and retention and are ranked among the most desirable and valued perks offered to employees in the UK. Plutus Health can offer a range of very competitively priced plans to ensure everyone can benefit.

These plans can run independently or side by side with a private medical insurance (PMI) plan .

Benefits include : –

* Cash back on optician visits including eye tests, prescription glasses and sunglasses and contact lenses

* Cash back on complementary therapies including physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractor, acupuncture, chiropody, podiatry and others

* Cash back on dental  check -ups  and treatments, including hygienist fees

* Maternity and Paternity payment

* Money back for hospital in-patient stays and day surgery

* Personal accident cover

* Cash back on health screening

* Cash back on medical specialist fees

Our clients range from public sector to private companies all benefiting from health plans that protect and promote the importance of health and well- being within their  organisation.