Subscription-based ‘legal insurer’ wins major growth award

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Edward Mallet came up with the idea of a subscription based workplace legislation specialist when he was a barrister practicing in England.

Now, just four years after the company’s inception, Employsure has been awarded the Growth Company of the Year for 2015, now servicing over 7,000 clients nationally.

“Like any employment lawyer, many of the cases that I worked on were relatively low value, such as unfair dismissal claims, and did not justify the legal cost of getting advice and representation on the old model,” Mallet told Australasian Lawyer.

Small claims not worth the legal fees were rife, Mallet said, and as a result he began to explore other ways to adequately service his clients.

The result was Employsure which operates a 24/7 advice line and works as a subscription, similar to legal insurance.

“We provide businesses of all sizes, but predominantly SMEs, with access to the commercial advice that they need relating to employing staff on a pure subscription basis, including legal costs in the event that they are sued for matters such as unfair dismissal or discrimination,” he said.

“Our clients still get expert advice and representation, through our team and Sparke Helmore lawyers, but at a fraction of the cost.”

When faced with a claim, Empolysure will engage legal partner Sparke Helmore to represent the client in courts and tribunals at no additional cost.

“We are already the largest employer of employment relations specialists in the country, dealing with more employment relations issues day to day than any other organisation,” Mallet said.

“We expect to double in size over the next 12 to 24 months. In doing so, we are disrupting the way things have always been done, to the client's benefit.”
  • Louise Steer on 5/11/2015 11:10:56 AM

    This is totally brilliant! So many possibilities. Everyone needs legal advice but most people cannot afford the massive fees. This is based on the successful employee assistance programs operated by psychologists. In those, the employers pay for a certain number of consultations, the employees are free to use them as they will, and the outcomes are confidential, only statistics on use are given to employers. It's a win win. And it's the future.

  • frank on 4/11/2015 2:33:55 PM

    sort of like a union for employers....

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