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Trusted by over 40,000 UK employers to advance the way people work.

Our personalised services blend speedy, pragmatic advice with innovative technology, all delivered with integrity as standard.

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The where and why of WorkNest

WorkNest is a powerhouse of employment law, HR and health and safety support services, weaving pragmatic advice with powerful technology platforms.

We work closely with organisations nationwide to provide high-quality, pragmatic, and professional advice and support. Our services, whether working alongside internal teams or providing a fully outsourced solution, help employers proactively solve their employment, safety, and wellbeing challenges, ensure compliance, and achieve their strategic objectives. In fact, over 40,000 UK employers across 45 vertical sectors now seek our help on some of their most sensitive issues.

We have a national presence, with main offices in Chester and Glasgow. Our 400-strong team – which includes more than 75 qualified Employment Law Solicitors, 45 qualified HR Consultants and over 50 qualified Health & Safety Consultants – strive to be the organisation of excellence that employers turn to for nurture and protection.

Above all, we stay true to our core values of integrity, excellence, teamwork, and inclusion. They run through everything we do.


Part of something greater

WorkNest is part of the GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance) division within Marlowe PLC.

Our roots go back to 2001, when Malcolm MacKay founded Law At Work, providing the employment law expertise of a legal firm, but without the prohibitive pricing. Three years later, Mark Ellis founded Ellis Whittam with a similar mission: to provide high-quality employment law, HR, and health and safety services for businesses that add value not cost, and are based on fair, fixed fees.

In 2019/20, both entities became part of Marlowe PLC, the leaders in business-critical services and software. Since then, we have experienced exceptional growth, fueled by the acquisition of several leading, like-minded business services groups, including Cater Leydon Millard, CQC Compliance, esphr, HR Solutions, HRSP, Vista and Youmanage.

Collective expertise

As a collective, we bring together the most gifted practitioners in people management, health, safety and wellbeing, employment law, professional training, and business technology. We are proud to offer a broader range of services to help protect and nurture organisations of every size.

What’s more, because we’re part of something greater, WorkNest clients benefit from direct access to a spectrum of additional services at highly competitive rates, provided by trusted experts within the Marlowe group. From Occupational Health and Employee Assistance Programmes to specialist fire and security solutions and various testing and inspection services.

Ambitious vision

Our ambition is clear: to be the most highly valued provider of advice, technology, and services in these fields. With unwavering commitment to excellence, a growing cohort of extremely capable and engaged colleagues, and the support of the Marlowe group, we are well on our way to realising this vision and continuing to exceed the expectations of our valued clients across the UK.

Client stories

Meet the team

Our people are the most important part of our service.

From our highly-qualified advisory teams that deliver dedicated support to our clients, to our back-office teams that ensure a smooth service, we’re exceptionally proud of the team we have.

A secure and trusted partner

We understand that you’re trusting us with important and sometimes sensitive information. Your data privacy and software security is hugely important to us.

  • TLS data encryption and web firewalls
  • ISO 27001 certified protection
  • Advanced software security

Partner with us

Unlike mass-market providers, we build genuine, trusted relationships with our membership organisation and trade association clients, managed by our strong, experienced Partnerships Team.

  • Work in partnership to understand your long-term objectives
  • Create compelling services propositions with add value to your members
  • Proactively support your membership retention and recruitment initiatives

Careers at WorkNest

WorkNest aims to be a great place to work. If you share our values of Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork and Inclusion – and want to work for a fast-growing, Legal 500 accredited company – we’d love you to join our team.
  • Generous benefits package
  • Flexible working potential
  • Disability Confident Committed Workplace

Our locations

We have hundreds of experts located across the length and breadth of the UK, meaning we can assign named professionals local to you.

Some are office-based, others work remotely, but all have the knowledge, experience and expertise to support you with your people management and compliance challenges.

Check out our physical locations below.