The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new Legal Helpline to support its members. Operating on a new telephone number, 0870 420 7373, the first 15 minutes of the service is completely free of charge.
Selected employment lawyers at Halborns, which also provides the BMF Intelligent Employment Plus service, and commercial lawyers at DCH Law, who will advise on non-employment matters, will operate the Helpline.
The new legal team has a practical understanding of the merchant sector and will be on call between nine am and five pm each weekday to provide high quality, solutions-focused legal advice, quickly and conveniently. Many issues can be dealt with speedily. However, if a query cannot be resolved within the 15 minute free call, members have the option to commission further legal advice at an additional, discounted cost.
The helpline will provide advice on any employment, commercial, civil or criminal matter (excluding health & safety) relating to a BMF member’s normal business activities.
Commenting on the Helpline service, Richard Ellithorne, BMF membership services director, said: “This is another BMF service designed to add value to our members’ business. We have engaged a new legal team to provide this helpline, with employment law specialists Halborns supporting members with queries in this area and DCH Law advising on other commercial, civil or criminal matters. They will be on call during normal office hours. At any other time members can leave a message for the legal team and their call will be returned within two hours of the start of the next working day.”