I advise national and international employers on all types of employment issues, from drafting and negotiations, to avoiding litigation (and dealing with it when it arises) and the employment aspects of corporate transactions.
My clients come from a variety of sectors including technology, retail, publishing, consulting and the creative industries. I advise regularly, and also lecture, on non-standard working arrangements, TUPE, and major redundancies and restructurings. I also regularly assist multi-national companies with sourcing and project-managing their international employment law advice.
I originally trained at a magic circle firm in London, then spent six years as an employment lawyer in New Zealand where I re-qualified as both a solicitor and barrister, before returning to the UK and joining Lewis Silkin in 2007.
When not at the office I have skied all over the world, competed in swimming to southern counties level, morris danced throughout Oxfordshire and I have an archery range in my back garden.
I chair Lewis Silkin's non-permanent workforce group which specialises in non-standard working arrangements and the recruitment industry. I advise and speak regularly on the non-permanent workforce. Hot topics that we are dealing with at the moment are the ‘gig economy’, arrangements involving personnel being supplied to third parties, and internships.
One of my specialisms is advising on the Agency Workers Regulations, and I liaised with BIS on its official guidance to those regulations. I advise end-users and temporary agencies on all aspects of those regulations including obligations for equal payment of temporary workers. I also advise regularly on negotiation of terms and conditions between end-users and temporary agencies.
I am an active member of our TUPE specialist group, and advise regularly on TUPE in the context of pitching for new business, service provision changes when business has been won or lost, and employee transfers when business assets change hands. I advise on wording for commercial agreements, when employees are in scope to transfer, and the practicalities of the transfer including identifying measures, providing employee liability information, and informing/consulting with representatives.
I met with BIS to discuss the future of TUPE and many of our suggestions were incorporated into the latest TUPE Regulations.
I work with several key technology clients, and as a member of our technology sector group, I am accustomed to handling the issues that particularly affect the technology industry.
Retail, Hospitality & Leisure
I represent several high end and high street retail names and spent many years acting for a major supermarket chain, so I am at home with retail terminology. I have significant experience advising on retail clients’ employment law needs including disciplinary and grievance matters, holiday and overtime issues, along with day to day contract and policy preparation.