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Why choose HR Rely?

Legal help and support for employers

Operating as part of a national law firm, our specialist regulated advisors will work with you, providing support on employment law and employee relations issues with guaranteed cost certainty.

You will have access to a dedicated team of employment law experts, who know your organisation and the way you work, and will provide prompt, commercially focussed advice in alignment with your HR goals.

We can provide expert, practical support on a full range of workplace issues, through the complete employment life cycle, including:

  • Effective recruitment
  • Handling discipline and grievances
  • Handling bullying and harassment and employee conflict
  • Equality and Diversity and avoiding discrimination claims
  • Managing sickness absence and disability
  • Managing employee performance issues
  • Making redundancies and restructuring your business
  • Managing employee data: GDPR, data protection and subject access requests
  • Terminating employment and dismissing an employee fairly
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Our story

HR Rely has a proud history of providing first class, fixed fee employment law and HR advice to UK employers for almost 20 years. Weightmans first launched its HR Rely product, then known as Worksure, back in 2004, before the service was re-named and revitalised in 2009. Following the 2010 arrival of current Partner Andrew Forrest and colleagues from manufacturer’s organisation EEF (now Make UK), HR Rely has continued to grow on national basis and now serves a broad and varied client base, from smaller owner-managed businesses through to the best-known household names.

2022 marked another milestone for HR Rely, with a comprehensive refresh and re-launch of the service to meet the changing needs of our clients even more effectively. Alongside a fresh new look, we have streamlined the way we deliver our services, to provide the quickest access to a dedicated team of advisors, and an excellent client experience every time.

As an integral part of a Top 40 law firm, HR Rely continues to offer a ‘one stop shop’ to accommodate the employment and HR needs of all sectors, including ‘bolt-on’ services to broaden and customise our core advice and support offering.


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What our clients say

Shazad Hussain Business and Operations Manager, Beacon Medical Services Group
We are delighted to be working with Weightmans and experience an exceptional level of service. They take time to understand the nature of our business and associated challenges and recommend workable solutions. Our assigned HR legal specialists are always available and are real experts in their fields. The support Weightmans has provided has been invaluable and has allowed us to develop as a business with the knowledge that we are following best practice. I have no hesitation in recommending Weightmans to other organisations as I know they will add real value.
Emma Wilcock Head of HR, Hexagon Care Services Ltd
Ian’s advice, professionalism and attentive approach has helped us successfully address issues to a satisfactory resolution. He provides clear, concise, and detailed responses presenting options, risk, and workaround to suit our organisation’s needs and is always available to provide support.
Matthew Scott People Director, White Stuff
We have been working with Weightmans for many years using their HR Rely service and have always felt it offered outstanding value and service, and all our day-to-day queries are handled effectively and quickly. It goes without saying that the legal advice we are given is always of excellent quality, and always pragmatic and commercially appropriate for a high street retailer. Additionally the scope of the service is very generous, so it is very rare that we have to go outside of the agreement to commission additional support. Every year at budget time we do our due diligence and look at the wider market to see if HR Rely can be bettered, but we always come back to it as the best value for us which is why we have stayed for so long.

Our expert team are here to help

Ian Pace

Ian Pace

Ian acts for a wide range of private and public sector clients and advises on all areas of employment and discrimination law. He has considerable experience in acting for NHS Trusts and healthcare clients generally and also advises employers in the education, retail and insurance sectors. He has a particular interest in whistleblowing and all areas of discrimination, including disability and age.

Ian regularly speaks at conferences and seminars and provides bespoke in-house training on a range of employment and equality issues.

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Ingrid McGhee

Ingrid McGhee

Ingrid is very much a trusted and go-to legal advisor. She is a key member of the employment, pensions and immigration team at Weightmans, providing both employment law and business immigration law support and advice to clients.

Ingrid is pragmatic, personable and solutions-focused. She has significant experience in the legal profession and truly focusses on what her clients' needs and objectives are. She is also very driven in building long standing relationships with clients and continues to work across many sectors.


Ingrid covers all areas of non-contentious employment matters and has particular experience in redundancies, restructuring/reorganisation, senior executive/management disputes and employment/TUPE support to corporate and real estate transactions. She has significant sector experience within retail and hospitality, construction, transport and logistics and owner managed business/SMEs.

She conducts her own advocacy and manages tribunal claims ranging from areas of unfair dismissal, protected disclosures, disability discrimination, redundancy and re-organisations, sex discrimination, TUPE and wasted costs.

Ingrid is also a key member of Weightmans' HR Rely team – offering price certainty and employment law solutions for our clients.

Ingrid also has previous experience in legal sales and growth strategy, training and supervision of employment colleagues and the development of cross-selling opportunities

Business immigration

Ingrid is experienced in both employment law and immigration law, allowing for seamless advice across both disciplines.

Her immigration expertise extends to assisting with compliance, policy drafting and implementation and strategy and the prevention of illegal working. She also has experience in providing global immigration advice and support to a variety of sectors including retail, transport, hospitality, education and construction.

Recent business immigration work highlights

  • Advising higher education authority in respect of new points based system and assisting with policy implementation and strategy
  • Advising FTSE 100 company in respect of compliance duties and immigration/discrimination considerations within recruitment practices
  • Advising construction sector in respect of immigration rules and compliance
  • Supporting transport and logistical businesses with compliance and advising in respect of immigration rules and the prevention of illegal working
  • Advising further education authority in respect of sponsorship duties and application process


  • Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA).
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