Two local solicitor firms have fought off national competition to secure a two-year tender supporting more than 9,000 people in the hospitality sector.

John Gaunt & Partners and Bhayani HR & Employment Law will deliver a helpline for members of the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), a professional body representing individuals working across the licensed hospitality industry.

The firms have teamed up to run the specialist advice helpline which will be available 24 hours a day.

Michelle Hazlewood, partner and solicitor at John Gaunt & Partners said: “The BII is the main membership organisation for those who work in the hospitality sector providing, via its training division, the Award for Personal Licence Holder’s which is key for entry into the industry.

“We are proud to be providing the helpline service and supporting members to clarify the law on the many and varied issues which arise as they go about their day to day work.”

John Gaunt & Partners is a team of specialist alcohol licensing, gambling and regulatory solicitors serving clients in England, Scotland and Wales.

Jay Bhayani, solicitor and managing director at Bhayani Law, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to support BII members across the country.

“The calls we receive are varied, but there’s one common theme – small businesses trying to cope with the weight of everyday HR issues in a sector which lends itself to high staff turnover teamed with performance and absence issues.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to work with the team at John Gaunt & Partners, providing help and advice to people working in the hospitality industry.”

Bhayani HR & Employment Law is a specialist firm delivering outsourced HR services and employment law advice across the UK.

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