Within ESP, we’ve built a team of balanced and experienced individuals with complementary skills and well-matched personalities. We have a deep understanding of all the challenges, issues and frustrations that we know our HR customers face daily.
Our mission is to offer you a tailored and personal service experience - as a very different kind of employment law firm and HR consultancy business.
I set up ESP in March 2003, after running an HR resource management business for three years. Prior to this I held Senior Marketing and Product Development Management positions for about 15 years in three large Financial Services (FS) Companies, ultimately heading up all Marketing and Product Development activity for a major Australian FS firm.
Russell has worked in the HR, Health & Safety and Legal professional sector for over 10 years with a further 17 years of experience with Blue Chip businesses in the financial services and food retail sectors. Russell's key skills and experience centre around direct sales and key account management through B2B and B2B2B channels both in delivering top-line income and managing teams with field sales and telephone sales responsibilities.
Nina is an accomplished employment solicitor with over 10 years’ post-qualified experience at leading UK law firms. Nina initially qualified as a corporate solicitor at Addleshaw Goddard and since 2006 practised employment law exclusively, providing advice to employer customers at both DAC Beachcroft and Ward Hadaway Solicitors. Nina has experience of advising a varied portfolio of employer customers, including retail and restaurant groups, financial services and media industry customers on all employment issues.
Sarah is a litigation expert with over 15 years’ experience. Sarah embarked on her career in employment law as an advocate for an employment law consultancy and continued as an advocate alongside being an employment law advisor for a plethora of reputable UK law firms including: DAC Beachcroft, Ward Hadaway and Richmonds Solicitors, where she was head of the employment department.
Lucy is an employment solicitor who brings to ESP over a decade’s experience at DLA Piper, one of the world’s most prestigious law firms. At DLA Piper, Lucy was involved in a number of global projects for major international customers and handled a varied case-load of employment matters for a range of UK customers, including complex Employment Tribunal cases involving whistleblowing and TUPE.
After studying law at Cambridge University, Arwen trained at leading national law firm Mills & Reeve, qualifying into their employment team in 2002. Prior to joining ESP she previously worked for a number of years providing advice and representation to both trade unions and their members, and has a particular expertise in the education sector. Due to her diverse experience she is ideally placed to give advice in relation to professional conduct and regulatory matters.
Rafia trained and qualified with Wedlake Bell LLP, a London City law firm where she was an employment solicitor for six years before moving to the fast paced trading floor of Cantor Fitzgerald LLP, a London based New York prime brokerage/investment bank as in-house employment counsel. Prior to joining ESP, Rafia was a senior employment solicitor for five years with Backhouse Jones, the UK’s number one national road transport law firm. She advises on all employment matters both contentious and non-contentious including tribunal proceedings.
Helena is an experienced respondent employment lawyer. She has provided a full range of contentious and non-contentious advice for a plethora of national and international clients at top regional law firms, including Pannone LLP, for almost eight years. Prior to entering the legal profession, Helena worked in various roles in HR for the fast paced Phones 4U Group and also completed a coveted internship in investment banking with the internationally renowned NM Rothschild & Sons.
Sam joined ESP in 2008 and is responsible for managing operations for the group of companies. Sam’s responsibilities can vary from day to day and she enjoys the fact that no two days are ever the same, including things such as; managing the operations/admin team to ensure the office runs smoothly and efficiently, in addition to getting involved in finance management, claims management, account management. Sam strives to always bring a positive attitude into the workplace and is focussed on client service excellence.
Clare has been involved in managing administration and finance operations for over 30 years in large publicly-quoted companies. She is responsible for all financial matters, including invoicing, payments and Credit Control. Working closely with the Operations Manager and Customer Services teams, Clare ensures all the processing of payments and other related matters are managed in an efficient, but above all personal manner.
Teresa has worked within the HR industry since 1987 when she joined the HR Management Training scheme at Marks and Spencer. Her 12 year career with the company gave her the opportunity to work within HR Management, implement multiple HR systems and to latterly train and work as a Project Manager within the IT group. She joined ESP early in 2010 as Head of HR Systems and is now responsible for MyHRSpace projects.
Hannah has recently joined the ESP team as the Office Administrator, a recent publishing graduate with a number of years’ experience across a variety of different sectors such as PR, office admin, design, customer service and retail. Hannah is naturally creative and loves a challenge. Here at ESP she helps out with a mixture of tasks and thrives on providing solid, essential admin support and back up to the team and key projects at ESP.
Kerry has had a number of years’ experience in both customer service and administration through her time working in retail, housing and manufacturing services. Kerry’s role within ESP is hugely varied and dynamic. She primarily deals with internal marketing and social media administration as well as administration of our E-Learning service and HR system management support.