“Caitlin always considers our situation holistically, taking the bigger picture view, and delivers a creative, original and well considered opinion.”

Director of HR

About Us

As a local authority, there may be times when you need additional HR resource. Narrow Quay HR can offer local authorities a range of services complementing the exceptional legal support provided by VWV LLP. Our HR Consultants are experienced practitioners who have worked for many years as employment lawyers for the public sector and now specialise in HR.

At the core of our practice is a focus on the client as an individual, whatever the size of the organisation. Our combination of expertise, genuine teamwork and client commitment sets us apart, and that’s why we’re confident that we can deliver the best and most effective HR support to you.

Investigations and Hearings

Investigations into complex grievances or disciplinary matters can be time consuming and at times take key staff away from their core activities. Alternatively, you may not have the on-site HR resource available to carry out an investigation if one is required. Our HR Consultancy team are experienced in handling investigation work and will manage the matter sensitively and efficiently. We can:

• carry out investigations for you, attending on-site to interview witnesses and gather evidence

• prepare the investigation report for you

• attend disciplinary and grievance hearings as the investigating officer if required

Additionally, we can provide on-site support and guidance for your grievance, disciplinary appeal panels. We are also able to hear disciplinary, grievances and appeals for you as panel members if you do not have the necessary senior management team members available to carry this out, or if you need someone independent because of the nature of the issue in hand.

Support with one-off projects

At times, you will have projects which require on-site HR support or input. These may be disciplinary, capability or grievance processes which need active management, or may be larger processes such as restructuring or harmonisation of terms, resulting in the need for consultation meetings with staff. These projects can be difficult to manage in-house. We can handle them for you, attending on-site when needed.

Training Tailored to Your Needs

Narrow Quay HR offers you a range of training on HR topics such as:

• Unconscious bias
• Appraisal skills
• Interviewing and recruitment skills
• Essential HR for line managers

The training sessions can be tailored according to your needs. The sessions are interactive and practical, using voting buttons and real life scenarios to enable delegates to actively participate in the training.

Caitlin Anniss

Caitlin Anniss

HR Consultant

Caitlin specialises in HR and leads Narrow Quay HR Consultancy with Sarah Martin.

She has experience working with a range of clients on all aspects of HR and employment law, including disciplinary and grievances, redundancies, discrimination, and consultation exercises. Caitlin provides practical and commercial advice and support to businesses, schools, charities and GP practices, working with them to manage both day to day matters and more complex strategic projects.

Caitlin aims to provide practical and commercial advice and works with clients to achieve their strategic HR plans and provide project support.

She has worked as a lawyer in the employment team at VWV for the last 16 years. Caitlin is client focused and enjoys the interaction of employment law and HR advice.

"Caitlin always considers our situation holistically, taking the bigger picture view .. and delivers a creative, original and well considered opinion." - Director of HR

Caitlin is dual qualified and has a post graduate certificate in Human Resources. She is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Call Caitlin Anniss on 0117 314 5264.

Sarah Want

Sarah Want

HR Consultant

Sarah has worked as a lawyer and HR Consultant for five years, most recently as an Associate. She now specialises in HR support and leads Narrow Quay HR Consultancy along with Caitlin Anniss.

Sarah has experience working with a range of clients including businesses, schools, charities and GP practices.

Examples of the HR support Sarah can provide includes day to day support with employee relations issues, on-site support at disciplinary or grievance hearings, conducting investigations and providing on-site support with projects work such as restructuring or changes to terms and conditions.

Sarah’s background as an experienced employment lawyer ensures that she can get to grips with issues quickly and provide a well-reasoned and pragmatic solution.

‘Advice has been excellent throughout - Great working with you’ - Education sector clients

Sarah also jointly runs our popular quarterly HR Club and regularly undertakes speaking slots and training for clients.

Call Sarah Want on 0117 314 5363.

“Sarah’s advice has been excellent throughout.”

Education Client