Spotlight on… Rachel Roberts

30th June 2023

People are unpredictable – and that’s what makes Partner and Deputy Head of Employment Rachel Robert’s job so interesting. This month we’ve shone the spotlight on her as she tells us about the importance of getting in touch early on, and the wide variety of work she carries out on behalf of clients.

Where do you live?

I live in a small village north of Cheltenham.

How long have you been a lawyer?

Longer than I care to admit, but as you asked nicely – 16 years.

What type of legal advice do you provide and to what type of clients?

As an employment lawyer I am involved in all business and strategy decisions concerning people – this is what makes the job so interesting. People are unpredictable, and when they need advice they make use of our expertise to reach the right answer.

Today I have advised on a business acquisition and the dismissal of an employee for gross misconduct following a breach of the company’s policy in selling on its discounted stock. I’ve also progressed one of many tribunal claims by preparing final witness statements and advised on complex restructure which came about as a result of an underperforming employee who was sub-contracted out. Every day is different, and I love that about my job.

What’s your most memorable outcome for a client and why?

I have a few, but the ones that stick out are successfully defending tribunal claims. The stress and time that is caused by employees bringing claims is immense and all-consuming for clients. My aim is always to resolve the matter at the preliminary stages of litigation.

What is your number one tip for clients?

Speak to us early on. We have a wealth of experience and tips for handling situations and can often help our clients head things off early. I pride myself of being accessible and a good ‘phone a friend’ person in tricky personnel situations. We are an approachable team and I am always happy to have an initial discussion.  After all, prevention is better than cure.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I play for a netball team in a local fun league.  We are called the Rusty Pivots – yes, we are all a bit rusty on the court! I also enjoy running and recently completed the Paris marathon. I have a five and seven-year-old so I love spending time with them as they make me laugh most days.

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