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A bit about me

Employment problems can cause commercial tension and I strive to neutralise that by comprehensive and methodical resolution of those issues. Working life is not always plain sailing, so good advice is key. I strive to be proactive and commercial, identifying possible problems before they arise, and understanding the bigger picture.

One of my roles is to strengthen my clients’ future business protection through post-termination restrictions, confidentiality provisions, garden leave clauses and social media policies. These can be used to enforce my client’s rights, so that their business isn’t compromised.

From employment contracts, service agreements and settlement agreements to acting for employers on Employment Tribunal claims, I work with a wide range of clients, from senior directors to junior staff, and from SMEs to well-known international brands.

Outside work, I can often be found at the side of a football pitch, cheering my son and his team on.

I sit as a Committee Member of the Employment Lawyers Association (UK) Junior Committee.

Want to know more?

Be as open and honest as you can when giving instructions and providing me with the background information. The more information I have and the more accurate that information, the better I can assist you and ensure the best possible outcome.

Take time to consider what your primary aim is and then relay it to me in full. The greater my understanding of your ultimate goal and what’s at the heart of your matter, the smoother the journey will be.

The value of a paper trail cannot be underestimated. If one particular incident concerning your job is troubling you, make sure you accurately document it while it’s fresh in your mind. If your problem is an ongoing one, ensure you keep an authentic paper trail of the issues at stake over a period of time.

My employer’s told me that I need legal advice on this settlement agreement – is that right?
Yes. If your employer has placed a settlement agreement before you, you will need to take independent legal advice on the terms and effect of the agreement and your ability to pursue any claims that you may have, in order for it to be a legally binding agreement. The good news is that, whilst they are under no obligation to do so, employers often think commercially and fund a large percentage of legal fees, if not the full cost, of you obtaining this legal advice. It’s vital that you understand what you’re signing – and why.

Surely I have a claim?
Possibly, but this is entirely dependent on the specific facts of your individual case. It is of paramount importance that you take specialist legal advice as soon as an issue begins to arise, as this is likely to save you time, stress and money.

I understand that you’re a solicitor – can you guide me through my divorce/draft my will/help me with my house sale/purchase?
This is often asked by various family members, friends and LinkedIn contacts. I enjoy helping anyone, but you will need to speak with a lawyer specialising in that particular area. That being said, I can certainly put you in touch with the right lawyer who can help you!

Where I work

Hear what our clients say about our Associate Ellis Jessica Walby

Expert held led to great outcome for client after discrimination at work

Ellis Jessica Walby successfully negotiated eight months’ pay without any need to go to a tribunal for a...

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Help and advice for director in need of new start

When a senior director found herself struggling with severe mental health issues, caused by a damaging workplace...

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Peace of mind and an enhanced settlement after pandemic led to redundancy

When a mother was made redundant from a job that she had held for well over a...

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Latest update on extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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