A bit about me

Employment law is complex, diverse and continuously changing, so you need someone that can keep abreast of shifting legislation and react quickly when required.

I help employers with their people-related issues, such as recruiting and dismissing staff, managing sickness absence, performance management, making redundancies and discrimination. As well as acting for commercial clients, I also have extensive experience in the education sector, working with independent schools, academies and maintained schools, and have a real understanding of the challenges they face.

I enjoy working as an extension of your team, giving clear and risk-aware advice on contentious and non-contentious issues. Where possible, I’ll also recommend ways in which you can improve your internal practices, helping you to avoid problems further down the line.

In my spare time, I enjoy exercising and have a keen interest in interior design.

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Always seek advice before dismissing an employee, even if the individual has less than two years’ service.

Be clear on which of your policies and procedures are contractual and non-contractual to avoid ambiguity.

Proactively address and manage concerns with an individual’s performance/sickness absence.

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Acas helpline: the rise in redundancy enquiries

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen redundancy related calls to the Acas workplace helpline increase by…

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Acas helpline: the rise in redundancy enquiries

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen redundancy related calls to the Acas workplace helpline increase by…

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Unfair dismissal: the importance of a fair procedure

The first consideration in an unfair dismissal case is whether the employer had a fair…

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The Wider Re-Opening of Schools: Staffing Considerations

This article appeared in the Bursars’ Review in the Summer 2020 edition. The wider re-opening…

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Holiday pay for part year workers

STOP PRESS – Permission to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal in the…

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Furlough: what is changing and when?

On 29 May 2020, the Chancellor announced a number of key changes to the Coronavirus…

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Settlement agreements: the all-important confidentiality provisions

Confidentiality is usually at the forefront of an employer’s mind when entering into discussions with…

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The UK travel quarantine: impact on schools

This note was published on 9 June 2020 and is subject to further updates in…

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Welcoming back additional pupils where there is capacity

The latest announcement on Monday (15 June) allows some schools who have capacity to welcome…

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Vicarious liability: Supreme Court holds that Morrisons is not vicariously liable for an employee’s data breach

The Supreme Court has handed down its long-awaited judgement in the case of WM Morrison…

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Promotions at all levels as HCR rewards talent

Recognising talent at all levels of the firm, Harrison Clark Rickerbys has announced 26 promotions…

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Changes are on the way in April 2020

Contracts, Holiday Pay, Parental Bereavement Leave and Taxation of Termination Payments Most schools are aware…

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How far is too far? A useful reminder of the role of HR in disciplinary processes

Where to draw the line in disciplinary investigations? Generally speaking, if a lawyer’s input (or…

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Legal privilege: want it, can't have it!

Legal privilege and the disclosure of documents can be tricky to navigate in tribunal proceedings.…

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Is a shoulder massage in the office unlawful sexual harassment?

Not according to the facts of this case. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the…

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Was a racially offensive Facebook post shared by an employee “in the course of their employment”?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), in the recent case of Forbes v LHR Airport Limited,…

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Is it misconduct for an employee to make secret recordings of meetings with their employer?

Mobile phones make it easy for employees to secretly record meetings they attend with management…

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Academy avoids harassment and discrimination claim

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), in the recent case of Ahmed v The Cardinal Hume…

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Holiday Pay Update: Breaking the chain in a series of deductions

The debate on holiday pay continues. The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland, in the…

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Schools can enhance maternity pay and not mirror the enhancement for shared parental pay

The Court of Appeal has delivered an important decision for schools who enhance maternity pay…

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Suspending Employees: A Knee-jerk Reaction?

It is common for employers to suspend staff pending a disciplinary investigation to, for example,…

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Consultation on Confidentiality Clauses

Confidentiality clauses, sometimes known as non-disclosure agreements, NDAs or gagging clauses, are used in a…

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What is “long-term” in the case of an employee’s disability?

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against employees because of a disability.…

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Age Discrimination in the Workplace: New ACAS Guidance

Over recent decades there has been a significant increase in the number of older workers,…

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Government has outlined new proposals to protect pregnant women and new parents in redundancy situations

The government has launched a consultation seeking views on new proposals to extend redundancy protection…

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The “Gay Cake” case: Supreme Court conclude four and a half year legal battle

In a unanimous judgment, the Supreme Court ruled that Ashers Baking’s refusal to make a…

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The proposed new statutory pay rates for 2019 have been revealed

The Government has published the proposed new statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared…

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When should an employee receive their contract of employment?

Whilst it has always been best practice to provide an employee with a written statement…

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Employment law reforms: Government has released its “Good Work Plan”

As a welcomed distraction from Brexit, the Government has now published its much anticipated response…

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EAT upholds decision that 'gig economy' staff are workers

The employment status of individuals working in the 'gig economy' has been well-reported in recent…

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Part-time Working: Position on Pay Proportionality Confirmed

A large proportion of people in the UK now work on a part-time basis. With…

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Parental bereavement bill receives royal assent

On 13th September 2018, The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill received Royal Assent and,…

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Employment Tribunal claims continue to rise

Since the abolition of Employment Tribunal fees in July 2017, there has been a significant…

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Government responds to “caste discrimination”

The Government has decided not to add 'caste' as a protected characteristic within the Equality…

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The Qualifying Period for Unfair Dismissal Claims

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently held in the case of Lancaster & Duke…

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Update: Pimlico Decision on Worker Status

Employment status in the “gig economy” You may be aware of the previous decisions of…

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New Acas Guidance on Suspension

Acas have recently published new guidance on the circumstances in which employers should consider suspending…

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Removal of the Disqualification by Association Rules in Schools

The Government has removed the ‘disqualification by association’ rules for childcare workers in schools and…

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Education lawyers’ awards success

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ education team has won Acquisition International Magazine’s Best Education M&A Team award…

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Fraudsters are targeting schools

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau in conjunction with the City of London Police have reported…

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Turning the tables: ending sexual harassment at work

The President’s Club scandal and Harvey Weinstein have put sexual harassment at the top of…

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A significant decision on shared parental leave and pay

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently confirmed in the case Capita Customer Management Ltd…

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Summary dismissal for no single act of gross misconduct

Employers typically associate gross misconduct with situations where an employee has committed a single, serious,…

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Charity Commission issues regulatory alert as independent schools are targeted by fraudsters

Independent schools and parents are being targeted by a sophisticated diversion fraud, the Charity Commission…

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Covert CCTV Surveillance in the Workplace

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has recently held, in the case of López Ribalda…

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Another Significant Decision On Holiday Pay: The “use it or lose it” principle further diluted

The Court of Justice for the European Union (ECJ) has recently given its long-awaited judgement…

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Update: Uber Appeal on Worker Status

Employment status in the “gig economy” You may be aware of the recent, well-reported “gig…

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Employment Tribunal claims surge since the abolition of fees

According to the latest Employment Tribunal (ET) statistics issued by the Ministry of Justice, there…

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A review of family-friendly working arrangements

In recent years, an array of family-friendly employment rights have been introduced to assist working…

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An update on Gender Segregation in Faith Schools

Segregation on grounds of sex is an issue which often arises in educational settings and…

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Family Fortune – The Benefits of a Family Investment Company

Family Investment Companies (FICs) are increasingly seen as an attractive investment vehicle for family wealth,…

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