I am a Senior Associate in the Employment, Immigration and Reward Division.
I provide commercial advice across a broad spectrum of employment law issues, from the drafting and negotiating of senior service agreements through to dealing with senior exits and post-termination restrictions from both sides of the fence - but never on the fence. I have substantial experience of advising employers how to defend (and avoid) tribunal claims, ranging from one-off disputes to high value discrimination and contractual claims. I provide robust, commercial advice to clients with HR and employee relations responsibilities. I've worked in-house at various clients, including in the legal team at Barclays Bank Plc, advising the Bank's HR and ER communities. I also receive instructions from senior executives in respect of their service agreements, exit packages and post-termination restrictions.
I have particular experience of advising in the transport, retail and financial services sectors. Examples of high stakes work include:
- The successful defence of claims brought by multiple regulated claimants who had been dismissed for removal of confidential information following a redundancy exercise.
- The successful defence of a high-value 2-week whistleblowing claim which required calling 6 high-ranking witnesses from a banking client.
- The successful defence of a race discrimination claim by a contractor, resulting in a costs award of £15,000.
- Obtaining strike out of 6 complaints and deposit orders on the 13 remaining complaints against a claimant claiming constructive dismissal and sex discrimination against a large national retail client.
- The successful defence of a disability discrimination claim where the claimant had been out of the workplace for 3 years, then successfully claiming for costs.
- The successful defence of an unfair dismissal claim in which we were instructed only a week prior to hearing and where no case management deadlines had been met.
- The successful defence of a 2-week race and sex discrimination claim against the company and 4 individual respondents.
- The successful defence of a claim for holiday pay arising from the interpretation of legacy contracts. Successfully resisting an appeal to the EAT.