Property professional membership organisation Propertymark has partnered with Ellis Whittam, the employment law, HR, and health and safety specialist.

The partnership gives Propertymark’s nationwide membership access to a 24/7 on-call legal advisory service, as well as a range of online tools and templates, to assist them through the operating challenges brought about by COVID-19.

Ellis Whittam will help Propertymark’s members maintain legal compliance and uphold best practice in their duty of care as employers.

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A library of guidance documents will be available via the Propertymark website and members can contact a dedicated legal advisory team via telephone or email to seek advice around employment law, HR, and health and safety matters.

Tim Balcon, chief executive officer at Propertymark, said: “We strive to offer high-value support to our members, to enable them to run better businesses and in turn enhance the prospects and reputation of the UK’s property industry.

“We’re thrilled to introduce the benefits of this partnership to our membership.

“Ellis Whittam offers an ideal blend of professional expertise to ease the management of people and premises, so that our members can concentrate on building their businesses and serving customers.”

Gavin Snell, CEO at Ellis Whittam, said: “We’re proud to be working with Propertymark – an organisation with whom we share many of the same principles, in championing professionalism and ensuring best practice and compliance.

“As estate agents, letting agents and auctioneers get back to business, the new advisory service will help employers to feel supported, not just with the challenges of people management, but in ensuring their business practices remain COVID-secure.”