New additions to Blake Morgan's highly praised 'Vigil' service

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2015 is a celebratory year for Vigil, Blake Morgan's bespoke Employment law and HR support service, because it is now ten years since its launch. 

As part of the tenth anniversary celebrations, Blake Morgan is delighted to announce that as of 1 September 2015, the Vigil service now includes advice on Auto-enrolment and Right to Work Checks, provided by Blake Morgan's highly skilled Pensions and Immigration law teams.

Sarah Peacock, the partner responsible for Vigil at Blake Morgan, comments, "A few months ago, we conducted a survey of all our Vigil clients to see what they thought of the service and whether they would be interested in any new additions such as Auto-enrolment and Right to Work Checks. These areas are handled by our Pensions and Immigration law teams, but they affect all employers day-to-day. The results showed not only that our clients continue to be delighted with the service and find it invaluable (see what our clients say below), but that they agreed these additions would add value to the service. We are delighted that these additional services are now in place to help all our Vigil clients, whether they have a sophisticated HR team or no HR resource at all."

Adrian Lamb (Pensions) in the firm's Southampton office was keen to support the Vigil service in this way. Adrian says, "Whilst Blake Morgan has specialist expertise in both Pensions law and Immigration law, we recognise that HR teams may want support in these two particular areas that they have to deal with on a day-to-day basis, as part of what the Vigil service offers. We hope that with the other additional benefits of Vigil (such as the comprehensive subscriber website, no time-limits on the amount of day-to-day advice, and advice from lawyers who understand the client's business), Vigil will be an even more attractive package to those who are considering a fixed-fee legal advice service for HR as an option for their business."

What is Vigil?

Many employers were increasingly concerned about the uncertainty and escalating costs of employment issues and employment tribunal claims and being able to budget for those.  To address this, in 2005 the firm became the first regional firm to offer a bespoke service enabling businesses to pay an annual retainer for unlimited access to advice on employment and HR issues from lawyers, with optional insurance against employment tribunal claims, for a fixed fee. Unlike other HR support providers, Vigil clients are not locked into a three or five year retainer, and renew their retainer annually.

When the firm launched the service in 2005, it provided Vigil clients with a hard copy employment law manual, which rapidly developed into Vigil's own impressive and comprehensive website with precedents, management guidance and up-to-date information about what is happening in the ever changing employment world.

The success of Vigil lies with the strong relationships that Blake Morgan's employment team have established with its clients over the years.  The team has worked hard to continue to meet client demands and remain the best in this highly competitive market.

What do our clients say about Vigil?

Susanna Sibbit is Human Resources Manager for EMEA North at Kofax U.K. Ltd. She comments:

"At Kofax, we have both Vigil and the legal insurance in place and have done so for over 10 years now!

"We have continued with this service for such a long time because we need a comprehensive service that provides instant employment advice and reliability from a qualified professional that understands the complexities of our business and can give advice taking a holistic approach. Kofax is busy and an extremely fast paced organisation. Vigil gives us the peace of mind and support we need in this type of environment. They understand how businesses work and more importantly, they understand our business and our business needs. When calling in with a query, we speak with the same lawyers so they know us personally and we have developed great relationships. Sarah Peacock has been an amazing support to us at Kofax and has been for the duration of our 10 years with Vigil.

"The Vigil website provides up-to-date policies and procedures and template letters covering all HR matters. We receive regular email updates with upcoming changes in Employment Law and case law examples. It keeps the organisation up to date on what is happening to help us effortlessly stay on top of the ever changing and complex employment regulations and allowing us to focus on our business and people strategies.

"The service is great value for money, the team are exceptional and I would highly recommend this service as an ‘add on’ to any HR team."

Other clients say of Vigil:

  • "Priceless peace of mind"
  • "Very efficient service, value for money, very responsive and it is an ideal service for an organisation of our size"
  • "We would be lost without Vigil".

Find out more on our Vigil page.