Further mid-market expansion for ESPHR

4 Mar 21 by esphr

We are delighted to share the news that ESPHR is now formally part of Marlowe plc.

Joining as the group’s leading Solicitors Regulation Authority-regulated law firm – following a solid reputation that has seen our team support over 700 UK organisations in the UK – we will continue to provide market-leading employment law advice, and best-in-class ER case management technology solutions and online HR resources to customers.

Integrating into Marlowe plc’s HR, employment law and safety platform, we will also join Ellis Whittam and its partner Law At Work (LAW) to further strengthen the overarching legal and HR services arm. We also have access to Marlowe plc’s on-site HR consultancy expertise, and HR Software-as-a-Service, e-Learning, occupational health and further health and safety service provision.

Pete Byrne, our founder and CEO, said: “We are truly excited about the opportunities this acquisition brings to the team and our customers, enabling us to benefit from the wider ecosystem of Marlowe plc.

“Similarly, we are looking forward to working with the Ellis Whittam and LAW businesses to develop and build on our leading position in the mid-market as a new-model employment law firm and ER technology business.”

Acquired for £3.2 million, we were one of three acquisitions Marlowe plc announced on 2nd March 2021, alongside YouManage Ltd and HR Services Partnership Ltd – resulting in a combined fee of £5.15m.

Commenting on the trio of firms, Alex Dacre, chief executive of Marlowe plc said: “We are pleased to announce three bolt-on acquisitions which strengthen our HR and employment law offering. These acquisitions are consistent with the three-year strategy recently announced at Marlowe’s Capital Markets Day to deepen and broaden our presence in core markets from selective acquisitions.”

Speaking about how we can further bolster Ellis Whittam’s services, CEO Gavin Snell added: “These acquisitions reinforce our current offering with more high-quality legal expertise, market-leading software and greater capability in our HR consultancy offering.”


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