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  • Your advice worked very well…it was much easier for me with your straightforward help and support

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  • Sensible and practical…thank you for hard work turning around the documents so quickly…and for your help throughout the process

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Experience

I trained as a solicitor at Mills & Reeve in Cambridge, and joined the Employment team at Bates Wells as a newly qualified solicitor in September 2012. After taking a sabbatical in 2014 to spend some time travelling and setting up a small business, I returned to the team in June 2016.

 

I advise predominantly employer clients in relation to a broad range of employment law matters, including terms and conditions of employment, pregnancy and maternity rights, equality and discrimination issues, grievances, disciplinaries, performance management and redundancies. I also undertake a broad range of contentious work on cases in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal, including in relation to claims for unfair dismissal and discrimination; as well as drafting and negotiating settlement agreements.

Recent projects

  • I assisted an employer with successfully defending claims of unfair dismissal and marriage discrimination

    This included assisting with an appeal to the Court of Appeal in respect of a novel point of law regarding whether a marriage breakdown falls within the protected category of marital status

  • I drafted guidance for a professional body in relation to dealing with and avoiding sexual harassment in the workplace
  • I assisted a large healthcare sector client with an internal investigation into allegations of harassment, race discrimination and disability discrimination
  • I advised an education sector client in relation to the election of a women’s officer and Equality Act implications
  • I successfully defended a regulatory sector employer in respect of disability discrimination claims brought by a current employee
  • I advised an education sector client in relation allegations of gender segregation and sex discrimination
  • I advised an international organisation in relation to their statutory maternity / paternity leave and pay obligations, and applicable statutory immunities
  • I advised a charity in relation to sleep-in shifts, working time and National Minimum Wage obligations

Qualifications and career

  • University of Bristol, BA (Hons) History with French, 2006
  • The College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2008
  • The College of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2009
  • Mills & Reeve LLP, training contract, 2011
  • Joined Bates Wells, 2012
  • Sabbatical, 2014 - 2016
  • Returned to Bates Wells, 2016
  • Promoted to Associate, Bates Wells, 2018

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Pro-bono Legal Adviser at South West London Law Centres
  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Industrial Law Society
  • Volunteer for the Schools Consent Project