Employment Legal Advice Network (ELAN)

Overview

ELAN is a network of over 40 organisations dedicated to ensuring that people in London are able to obtain advice about and enforce their employment rights and entitlements.

This could be through the provision of advice and/or campaigning for change. The primary focus is on low-paid workers and those in precarious work.

Who's who?

Trust for London set up the network in 2014 and continues to co-ordinate it. ELAN has an independent chair, Andrew Hillier QC, and it is supported by a consultant, Camilla Palmer QC (Hon). ELAN’s COVID-19 response is co-ordinated by Victoria Speed.

Aims

  • Improve the effectiveness of the London Employment Rights Advice sector;
  • Improve the co-ordination of this sector;
  • Share learning and experience;
  • Identify areas of joint action and undertake initiatives/campaigns;
  • Identify gaps in knowledge and evidence.

Can you participate?

Participation is open to any not-for-profit advice or campaigning organisations working on employment/workers’ rights in London. A full list of current members can be found below.

What does ELAN do?

  • Meetings - ELAN usually meets formally four times a year to share good practice and information, identify policy issue and collaborate on appropriate responses. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, ELAN has moved to more regular virtual meetings.
  • Support for advice providers – ELAN works collaboratively to support the delivery of advice services through pro bono networks and facilitates ad hoc training.
  • Good practice sharing – ELAN invites members and external organisations to share expertise and solutions to assist with employment advice provision.
  • Expert volunteer engagement– ELAN facilitates the pairing of volunteers with ELAN members through a mentoring scheme.
  • Promotes mediation (as an alternative to dispute resolution) - The pro bono mediation service, DRAW (Dispute Resolution Assistance and Mediation in the Workplace), is a free online mediation service for employees and small employers based in Greater London, to help them resolve work related disputes. Find out more on the YESS website, including useful pdfs employers, employees, volunteers lawyers and ELAN advisers when considering mediation.
  • Contribution to policy development – ELAN contributes to government consultations and co-ordinates efforts with organisations to feed into policy making related to workers' rights.

Examples of ELAN's work

ELAN works closely with the Greater London Authority and provided input into the development of Employment Rights Hub for Londoners.

In 2019, ELAN members provided input into the Trust’s submission to the government’s Good Work Plan consultation.

For regular updates on ELAN's work, follow @trustforlondon on Twitter and see #ELAN for recent tweets.

Contact

For more information on ELAN's COVID-19 response or to register your interest in volunteering, contact Victoria at elan@swllc.org.

If you are interested in joining ELAN, please email Trust For London Grants Manager Klara Skrivankova at info@trustforlondon.org.uk.

Current members