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  • Winner of Lawyer Monthly

    Women in Law 2016 Award: Employment

Experience

I am a dual-qualified barrister and solicitor. I advise mainly employer clients on the full range of employment law and HR issues.

In particular I advise on employment status and volunteers, disability issues, employment matters involving safeguarding and all forms of discrimination.

I advise clients in the Health and Social Care Sector and have an interest in the Culture and Creative industry. I undertake a broad range of contentious work including representing clients at employment tribunals, negotiating settlements and judicial mediation.

I also act as independent investigator for employee disciplinary and grievance issues.

Recent projects

  • Independent investigator

    I undertook an independent investigation into allegations of conduct against a Senior Management Team member following concerns raised by multiple employees after a restructure of the department. Against a complex factual background and 22 allegations of misconduct I produced a clear and concise report concerning the evidence enabling the client to take decisive action and move forward.

  • Resolving dispute between CEO and Board

    I advised a medical charity in relation to a dispute between the CEO and Chair of the Board. This included advising on the dispute, negotiating the exit of the CEO, resisting proposals of settlement and responding to an extensive data subject access request.

  • Achieving a £15,000 cost award

    I successfully defended a constructive dismissal, age and sex discrimination claim brought against a national charity. During proceedings I unearthed that the former employee had falsified evidence. I therefore pursued a cost application and achieved a £15,000 cost award in favour of the employer.

  • I acted on the case of X v Mid Sussex CAB (2012), in which the Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeal and Employment Appeal Tribunal decisions that volunteers are not covered by the protection from discrimination provided under the European Framework Directive.
  • I successfully defended a claim and EAT appeal for disability discrimination against a national disability charity.
  • I supported a Board in an investigation into a complaint alleging bullying and harassment from a senior management team member against the CEO.
  • I defended a claim for unfair dismissal against a national charity involving sensitive child protection and safeguarding issues.
  • I advised on the acquisition of a training provider by a FE College.
  • I secured a strike out of claims at preliminary hearings
  • I defended a whistle blowing claim brought against an arts charity and its Manager and Board Chair.

Qualifications and career

  • University of Birmingham, BA English, 2000
  • The College of Law, London, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2001
  • Called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn, 2002
  • Joined Bates Wells, 2004
  • Qualified as a solicitor, 2008

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Member of Employment Law Association (ELA)
  • Member of Industrial Law Society (ILS)
  • Member of Volunteering England’s 2010 Volunteer Rights Inquiry
  • Treasurer of the management committee of London Fringe Musical Theatre Company