Members of the Association of Women Travel Executives will gain access to a free legal helpline as part of a new partnership with specialist legal firm Travlaw.

Confidential, 30-minute legal consultations will be available to ensure members have access to legal HR advice at no additional cost.

AWTE chair Claire Osborne said: “This partnership underpins our ongoing objective to help and support our members both financially and emotionally.

“We recognise that our members face challenging situations every day in the workplace and we wanted to be able to offer additional support to ensure they are making the right decisions based on sound legal advice.

“This new partnership with Travlaw couldn’t come at a better time for our members.”

Partnership director Lisa Henning added: “The AWTE is very aware that not everyone has sufficient access to legal support, and we recognise the detrimental effect on personal mental wellbeing, when we don’t get the right advice at the right time.

“Our aim is always to ensure we are providing support and adding value for our members, and we believe that this additional support will be welcomed.

“This initiative will give support and guidance to those who need it and the details will be managed in the strictest of confidence.

“We recognise that it is not always possible or suitable to raise issues with an employer, where those impacted may feel threatened or unsure of the process to do this.

“We want to ensure all our members have the same opportunity to work in a protected, safe and unbiased environment.”

Travelaw solicitor Krystene Bousfield said: “For many years Travlaw has strived to both support and inspire women within the travel industry.

“We hope that the introduction of our free helpline will not only open doors for AWTE members but also strengthen and improve the legal knowledge of travel executives within the industry.”

Details of how to access the helpline have been sent to AWTE members.