Experience

I specialise in employment and discrimination law. I have particular experience advising clients on grievances, performance management and disciplinaries and terminations, as well as redundancies, restructures, and TUPE issues arising from mergers, acquisitions and outsourcings.

 

I am a highly effective litigator. My experience includes conducting cases in the Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, including successfully defending a high profile religious discrimination claim.

My clients include national and international charities, financial institutions, professional bodies, royal colleges and arts and media companies; as well as acting for senior executives and professionals from the banking sector.

I regularly write articles on employment law and provide training to clients and at public events.

Recent projects

  • Off-shoring advice

    I advised a global business on the employment and HR elements of an outsourcing, including cross-border TUPE/Acquired Rights Directive implications, collective redundancy requirements and negotiating appropriate warranties and indemnities.

  • Advising disciplinary panel

    I was instructed by a professional representative organisation to advise its disciplinary panel on responding to serious allegations of bullying and discrimination by one of its officers. I advised the panel on complying with internal policies and procedures in respect of the investigation, conducting the final hearing and the imposition of appropriate sanctions.

  • Multi-party claim

    I successfully defending a multi-party claim for a charity in the social care sector brought by workers who undertake sleep-in shifts alleging that they had not been paid the National Minimum Wage. This instruction included initial advice on obligations and how to comply with the law, consultation and employee engagement exercises and litigating the matter in the employment tribunal, where I secured its withdrawal without the payment of any compensation.

  • I advised an international charity on its response to historic allegations of bullying and harassment.
  • I advised brokers involved in a team move in the financial services sector.
  • I advised a broadcast journalist on successfully challenging her employer’s proposals to make her redundant.
  • I advised a national health professionals’ membership organisation on reasonable adjustments and capability procedures in relation to a disabled employee.
  • I successfully defended a constructive unfair dismissal claim following the alleged failure by the Claimant’s employer to address a grievance.
  • I advised a national charity on its merger with another charity, including the application of TUPE, information and consultation obligations and pre-transfer dismissals.
  • I acted on the case of Wasteney v East London NHS Foundation Trust UKEAT/0157/15/LA in which the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered the application of rights under Article 9 of the ECHR in claims for religion and belief discrimination.

Qualifications and career

  • BA Hons, GDL, LLB (Law) & LPC
  • Qualified as a solicitor in 2010
  • Practiced at Eversheds LLP and Hempsons Solicitors
  • Joined Bates Wells in 2017