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Abi Frederick

Abi FrederickManaging Associate

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I advise employers on all aspects of UK employment law, from contracts of employment and staff handbooks to grievances, disciplinaries, discrimination, sickness absence, TUPE and dismissals.

In addition to advising on UK law, my practice is heavily international and I have extensive experience in project managing international advice for multi-national clients.  Recent projects have included: co-ordinating and providing strategic advice relating to a proposed collective redundancy process across Europe; carrying out a contract review across 20 African jurisdictions and managing an international helpdesk arrangement for a large UK retail client across 30 jurisdictions.

I also regularly advise on the more unusual working arrangements such as apprentices, interns and agency workers.  More recent work has included advising a number of clients within the “gig economy” or “platform economy” on the best ways to engage with individual workers, and the associated risks.

My clients come from a variety of sectors including technology, finance, publishing and consulting.

I also advise senior employees on all aspects of their employment, but in particular on dismissals.


International

A large proportion of my practice is spent project managing international advice and providing strategic input in relation to multi-jurisdictional projects and/or processes.

Recent projects include:

  • co-ordinating and providing strategic advice relating to a proposed collective redundancy consultation process across Europe
  • producing a report on various sickness absence related issues across 10 jurisdictions
  • reviewing a confidentiality agreement for use across 9 jurisdictions
  • producing a multi-national guide to the engagement of contingent workers
  • carrying out a contract review across 20 African jurisdictions
  • advising on the introduction of a new performance management system across 10 EMEA jurisdictions

In addition to project managing individual projects, I also manage an international helpdesk for a large UK retail client, to manage their day to day employment issues across 30 jurisdictions.

Atypical / the contingent workforce

I am one of our department’s specialists on issues involving the contingent workforce and the more unusual working arrangements, such as apprentices, interns and agency workers.

Recent work includes

  • advising on client – employment business agreements in accordance with the Conduct Regulations 2003 and the Agency Workers Regulations 2010
  • drafting apprenticeship contracts and precedents
  • advising on the forthcoming Apprenticeship Levy
  • advising clients in the “gig” or “platform” economy as to the best structures to use when engaging workers, taking into account the impact of the Conduct Regulations, the Agency Worker Regulations and the intermediaries tax legislation.

Technology

A large proportion of my practice is made up of advising both household name and start-up technology companies on all aspects of employment law, and I have built up a good understanding of the day to day pressures of the industry.  My work involves:

  • day to day advice on all aspects of employment law
  • advice on the employment law aspects of acquisitions, due diligence, TUPE and redundancy consultation
  • co-ordinating international projects on topics ranging from confidentiality agreements, data protection, TUPE, individual and collective redundancy, diversity and monitoring issues, sick leave requirements and more.
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