Finding Clarity


ACAS recently reported that, in addition to communicating policies effectively, “having clarity on rights and responsibilities in the workplace can make a real difference to productivity”.  Few would argue with this, yet many employers, employees and (dare I say it?) even HR Practitioners can often struggle to gain such clarity when faced with the vast array of various Acts, Regulations, Common Law and Equity which inform Employment Law in the UK.

In MGLHR’s search for clarity, we have consistently found that the widely accessible GOV.UK and websites present a fantastic range of free, reliable and up to date information on relevant additions and changes to UK legislation.

It is disappointing, given their charitable aims and status, that the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have chosen to restrict access to their guidance on a range of employment law topics by offering this through ‘members only’ Factsheets and podcasts via their ‘Knowledge Hub’ pages.

So it was very refreshing to recently discover a new series of free, easy to read guides aimed at making the law more accessible to businesses and individuals on the site. Matt Gingell is Employment Lawyer, Author and Legal Commentator who regularly writes articles for well-known publications including The Independent, The Guardian, and City AM. His latest guides include:  

MGLHR were so impressed with Matt’s HR and Employee guides that we have included permanent links to his site on our own Guidance & Resources page

Well done Matt …and take note CIPD! 

An interview with Martin Letherbarrow

Chris Turner, former Regional Chief Operating Officer of Clifford Chance, recently interviewed Martin Letherbarrow about his HR Career and MGLHR.  

Describe the first few steps along your career path.

Ironically, despite being a great planner, my career wasn’t something that I had mapped out in advance. However, when looking back at the path I took, and the experiences I’ve had, I can see that I have acquired skills and knowledge that are particularly relevant to my current role, and these certainly contribute to the success of MGLHR.

The route of my early career is not one you’d immediately think of for someone in HR. I started my working life in Finance as a trainee accountant. I then took to the road as an internal auditor for a multi-national composite insurer, conducting assignments in most of the UK’s major cities and as far afield as Hong Kong.

What led you to move into HR?

I moved into HR in 1987 to work on a major company restructure which involved changing the roles and locations of thousands of employees. The HR function wanted someone who could help them track staff movements, match individual preferences and manage budgets throughout the 18 month restructuring programme. Within weeks of being offered the role as a ‘staff planner’, I began studying for my CIPD qualifications. Since then, I have thoroughly enjoyed the HR roles I have undertaken – particularly on projects where people are brought together from different disciplines.

What led you to set up your own business?

Former colleagues from two separate HR consultancies asked me to help them out, on a freelance basis. So when the company I worked for was acquired in 1998, I took the opportunity to leave with the safety net of a voluntary redundancy package. My first independent assignment commenced after taking a break of just 2 days!

What was your initial business plan?

MGLHR was just me initially, so the goals I set were very simple. Firstly, I wanted to earn what I did in an employed role (especially as I had a young family to support!); secondly I wanted to see whether I would enjoy and be suited to independent working; and thirdly,  I wanted to see whether organisations that weren’t previously aware of me would want to pay for the services I could provide. Luckily they did, and everything worked to plan.

How have you developed your business?

There have been three distinct phases to MGLHR’s development and growth since 1998. Initially, I supported other HR consultancies in delivering services to their clients. Then direct requests started to come in from my own network of contacts, in various organisations. And finally, as my assignments got bigger and the portfolio of clients grew, MGLHR became more than just me. I now have a select group of close associates, who I trust implicitly, to provide the same quality of service that clients expect of me.  The team I have is exceptional!

How do you see the future of your business?

MGLHR’s clients buy our skills, knowledge and experience – so I or one of the team have to be available to deliver this service. The next phase of our business will be to offer HR related products to clients. This phase is in its infancy, but we are very excited about a number of ideas  that we are developing ourselves or in partnership with some great innovators. Look out for more news on specific products towards the end of the year.

I hear MGLHR is a regular sponsor of Cheltenham Town FC – I thought you were a West Ham United FC supporter?

I have supported West Ham since 1966 and lived in Cheltenham since 1986, so I have no trouble in supporting both clubs. It would be great to see them play against each other one day – as long as that possibility doesn’t involve the relegation of West Ham of course!!


Welcome to our new website

We’re proud to launch our brand new website. Martin and the team have been beavering away for some time to finally get it finished.
Particular thanks go to:
  • Chris Nyland and the superb team at Absolute Creative – for doing such a great job in supporting us in the design and technical side of the site.
  • Kate Tuck at for driving our marketing activity forward and helping us to secure a significant Twitter following.
  • Our wonderful clients for helping us to sustain our business into a 15th fabulous year!!
We hope you like the site. Should you have any feedback, do get in touch with us.
Remember also to check back soon, as we will be regularly adding further content and articles.
Martin and the team wish you a very happy and successful festive season.