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Legal helpline

Free, unbiased & confidential advice

Our legal helpline provides IoD members with free and prompt business legal advice on a wide range of employment, company, commercial and personal legal matters in the UK and Europe. 

Key details

  • Exclusive to IoD members
  • Free, unbiased and confidential advice on a vast range of legal issues
  • Advice given over the telephone only (call charges apply)
  • Up to 25 calls per member, per calendar year; up to 20 minutes per each call
  • Open 8am – 8pm, Monday – Friday; and 9am – 12 noon, Saturday and Sunday, excluding UK public holidays
  • How the Legal helpline operates in detail

Find a lawyer here | 0870 241 3478 (UK) | +44 (0)1275 378719 (Outside UK)

In addition, IoD members have access to online guidance on business legal matters microsite, LX Business. To access the service, please login to your IoD membership account below. 


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Typical questions

"Is there a qualifying period that must be completed by my employees before they can take any annual leave?"

"As an employer, am I obliged to provide a reference for an employee or ex-employee?"

"Why do I need to keep track of parental leave taken by new employees?"

"Can I monitor my employees' emails?"

"A male employee has asked to take leave after the birth of his child. Am I obliged to comply with his request?"

Plus questions regarding:

  • Difficult divorce or separation
  • Problems with neighbours or landlords
  • House purchase queries
  • Redundancy looming
  • Personal injury

Log an enquiry

0870 241 3478 
+44 (0)1275 378719  (Outside UK)

Opening hours

8am-8pm, Monday-Friday, 9am-12 noon, Saturday & Sunday; excluding UK public holidays

The Legal Helpline will be open as usual over the Christmas period, closing only on Bank Holidays.

Find a lawyer

IoD members who need further legal support can take advantage of our 'Find a lawyer' facility.

Find a lawyer here

How the service operates