Frequently Asked Questions

How do you determine if a firm is a suitable member?

For the sake of all members we must ensure that UEL firms comply with our shared commitment to quality standards in delivering employment law services. Our selection process includes consideration of a combination of factors including reputation in the market, market research, directory entries (Legal 500 etc), peer review and client testimonials.


Do I have to be an employment law specialist to join UEL?

No, as long as you are involved in providing employment law support to your clients, and are committed to providing a high quality service.  You will get support from UEL and from specialists in the network.


What does membership cost?

There are various tiers of membership depending on which products and services you wish to access. Higher membership tiers come with additional levels of support and advice from UEL.  A basic membership subscription can start at only £25.00 plus vat per month. Details of higher tiers are available on request.


Does UEL charge referral fees for business referred to member firms?

No, we charge a flat monthly membership subscription in exchange for providing membership and support services to UEL member firms.  Members are free to refer clients between each other.


If I join will I be tied into a long-term membership contract?

No, our membership contract allows members to terminate with three months notice, but earlier termination in certain circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis.


Do you operate any form of territorial exclusivity?

No, but we always take care to ensure that there is no potential for conflict or overlap between member firms before admitting a new member. We always ensure that the interests of existing member firms are not compromised.


Will I be able to contribute to the thinking and future direction of UEL if I am a member?

Yes, development of UEL is a constant process of listening to member firms about ways in which we can assist them in developing their employment law offerings.


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Iain Burke Borders Employment Law, Galashiels

The benefit of regular UEL meetings is almost incalculable.  It allows me to meet up with fellow members in a relaxed and congenial setting, share thoughts and experiences, and generally continue to develop the friendships which have come out of this unique organisation, all of which, of course helps promote our aim of working collaboratively with each other for the benefit of our individual firms, our clients, and UEL as a whole.

Graham Laughton Macleod & MacCallum, Inverness

By meeting regularly with other practitioners in the UEL we have the opportunity to exchange not only legal experience but practical advice.  We work to promote our own businesses but by working with others we also have the opportunity to see how other members are growing their businesses and this gives us an opportunity to learn from each other.

Ewan Mowat AC White, Ayr

There is a real need to provide access to justice in employment law both for employers and for employees. It is exciting to be part of a group that is determined to address this issue.

Brian Inkster Inksters, Shetland

With a growing branch office network throughout the Highlands & Islands we at Inksters see our membership of UEL as an ideal fit. Now clients as far flung as Shetland, Caithness, Sutherland and the Hebrides can all benefit from expert employment law advice via the UEL network.

David Chalmers Stronachs, Aberdeen

I am delighted to be part of UEL. With each meeting the relationships between participants’ grows stronger as we get to know each other better. The insurance product also offers great opportunities for all.

Paul McGowan Collingwood Legal, Newcastle

We are excited to be working with UEL and consider our membership to be a badge of quality. We enjoy working closely with our clients, building lasting relationships by providing the best quality advice and a great service. As a forward thinking and modern law firm UEL also provides us with the opportunity to share best practice and to develop the services we offer clients.

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