Lead Forensics

Mark Ellis, Founder & CEO and Gavin Snell, Managing Director, Ellis Whittam


Ellis Whittam: Minority investment

Our four-year partnership with Ellis Whittam Founder Mark Ellis and his team enabled expansion of the business across the UK.

Ellis Whittam provides advisory and fully-outsourced employment law, HR and health & safety services.

Deal type
  • Development capital
Exit type
  • Trade sale
Exit date

October 2020

Ellis Whittam specialises in HR, employment law and health and safety services to over 35,000 UK employers. It prides itself on combining the quality standards and service excellence of a leading legal practice with fixed fees and cost certainty.

Capital to realise opportunities

In September 2016 Ellis Whittam secured a significant investment from LDC to accelerate organic growth.

This deal, in which LDC took a minority stake, saw the founder Mark Ellis continue to lead the business and remain as a major shareholder.

National expansion

During our four-year partnership with the business, Mark and his team expanded the business across the UK, growing the firm by investing heavily across its sales and marketing capabilities, technology propositions and service delivery teams resulting in it tripling its client base. The growth strategy has also cemented its position as a leader in high quality subscription-based compliance services.

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The LDC team took the time to understand our vision for Ellis Whittam and believed in our potential.”
Mark Ellis, Founder
Ellis Whittam

“I am proud of the significant growth we’ve achieved together with the backing of LDC over the last four years. I appreciate their support. Ellis Whittam is now in a great position to bring its services to even more customers as part of Marlowe plc.”

Ellis Whittam was acquired by Marlowe plc in October 2020, marking an exit for LDC.

Ellis Whittam will retain its brand name and CEO Gavin Snell and the firm’s board of directors will continue to lead the business. As a part of the deal, Mark Ellis will retire after 16 years.