Member of the Week - Buchanan Shaw Consulting Ltd

Buchanan Shaw Consulting Ltd, an employment law and HR consultancy, began trading in August 2015, after Managing Director Gill Shaw decided to take her own advice. Gill chaired the Advisory Group Committee for the Worker’s Educational Association’s Women @ Work Project.  In November 2014, she delivered a keynote speech at their Inverness conference, which explored the role of women in public life.

Gill posed the question: “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” By answering her own question, Gill realised she would be running her own business. 6 months later Gill did just that and launched Buchanan Shaw Consulting Ltd.

From its base in Inverness, the company provides tailored employment law advice, HR support and training delivery to assist businesses, organisations and individuals throughout Scotland manage and resolve workplace issues.   

Gill worked in large commercial law firms in Edinburgh and Inverness for 15 years before deciding the set up the business.

Gill is a solicitor, specialising in employment law and discrimination.  She provides employment law and HR advice and tribunal representation to clients.  She is also a qualified mediator and has those skills to help clients resolve disputes in the workplace. 

Lisa provides practical support, such as HR support, interim management, and external support and supervision.  They both deliver training on e.g. equality issues, handling disciplinaries and grievances, staff development, etc.

“Employment law is about people, and relationships”, said Gill, “I love the variety of issues which our clients present and the opportunities to work with them to reach creative and workable solutions”.

Gill told Inverness Chamber why she would like to feature as member of week: “We are keen to spread the word about the services we offer.  Also, Lisa has recently joined the business and we are keen to spread the word about the services she can provide.”

Buchanan Shaw Consulting are keen to tell you about their range of services:

Employment Law advice / tribunal representation

HR support

Mediation – between employees / between employer & employee / with board members.  Mediation is a voluntary form of alternative dispute resolution, which helps resolve disputes without court or tribunal proceedings.

Training delivery

Gill is delighted to sponsor Toastmasters club North Highland Speakers = Toastmasters is an international organisation, which helps members improve communication and leadership skills.  There has been a club in Inverness for around 10 years and a new club was launched in Dingwall last year.  It offers online access to meetings.  Buchan Shaw believes in personal and professional development and both Directors are members of the club and the firm provides sponsorship. 

Gill shared with Inverness Chamber her business plans over the next 12 months: “To grow our client base and work with more businesses in the local area.”

Managing Director Gill Shaw also teaches employment law at Inverness College UHI and was awarded the 2018 Highlands & Islands Student Association award for ‘Most Engaging Online Lecturer’!

Gill shared with us what she values most about her membership with ICC: “The opportunity to meet with other local business-people”.

We asked Gill to share her ‘top-tip’ for other members to maximise their Chamber membership: “Get along to events and ask questions about other businesses – it’s fascinating to see what other people are doing.”

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