Bray & Bray has launched a new service delivering tailored HR services and advice for businesses, in response to the growing demand for joined-up guidance on people strategy and employment law.

HR professional Helen Clay has been appointed as head of the new service. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) with an MSc degree in HR management.

Helen joins Bray & Bray from global IT software development company, Clario, where she was the UK HR business partner. Helen has also provided specialist HR advice in the electronics and food manufacturing sectors, with previous roles at SMS Electronics and 2 Sisters Food Group.  

Helen will also manage Bray & Bray’s internal HR strategy and operations and her dual role combines the development and implementation of the new HR consultancy service for clients, as well as managing all aspects of the firm’s internal HR including its people strategy, employee engagement, and the employee lifecycle.

New HR service

“In recent times, many businesses have realised the importance and impact of a robust people strategy,” Helen explains, “Indeed, Bray & Bray recognises that people are one of the key components of a thriving business. But one size does not fit all, so our approach to HR strategy development combines the expertise of our employment lawyers and practical HR knowledge and experience.

“By providing bespoke, top-level HR and legal advice, we will support businesses in creating an engaged workforce and reducing employment risks. This will be particularly beneficial for those businesses looking to grow and develop, but without the right level of HR expertise or capacity in-house.”

Head of Employment at Bray & Bray, David McBride, says: “The new HR service will build on Bray & Bray’s reputation and experience of advising clients on a wide range of employment matters, adding value for existing clients as well as other businesses seeking specialist high-level HR support. The move also demonstrates Bray & Bray’s commitment to investing in its people and making the firm a great place to work.”

Tim Gladdle, Senior Partner and Head of Corporate & Commercial Law at Bray & Bray, says: “We are delighted to welcome Helen to Bray & Bray. Her appointment represents a significant addition to the firm as we continue to further develop and focus our portfolio of expertise.

“The launch of our HR services typifies Bray & Bray’s ongoing commitment to streamlining our services and maximising our resources for the legal services at the heart of the firm – and this was very much behind the firm’s decision to transfer our criminal law practice to national firm Reeds Solicitors at the end of last year.

“Demand for our core private client, business and property services continues to grow, including specialist HR and employment legal advice, which is at an all-time high,” he adds. “It makes good business sense to focus our efforts, resource and investments on our key areas our expanding client base wants and needs.”

Helen adds: “Bray & Bray is a highly ambitious and driven firm, with exciting plans for growing the business and investing in its own workforce. The external HR consultancy service addresses a clear gap in the market as ever-increasing numbers of businesses seek reliable, joined-up HR and employment guidance during these uncertain times.”