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A bit about me

It’s the people-focused nature of employment law that makes me so passionate about my job. On a daily basis, I work collaboratively as an extension to your team, helping you to achieve your objectives by supporting you to solve problems and difficult staffing issues.

I work with employers across a number of sectors but my main focus is on education. In particular, I support independent schools, academies and maintained schools, and sector organisations like the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association, the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools and the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools.

I’ve been commended for my pragmatic advice and I work hard to combine that professionalism with a personable approach. I’m very easy to deal with, though I won’t sit on the fence, advising you on a particular course of action based on my experience and your requirements.

I care about helping individuals, businesses and, in particular, schools to achieve their aims, objectives and potential. As part of this, I regularly speak at education sector events and provide training to clients on difficult employment issues.

Outside work, I love to spend time with my family and to keep fit by attempting to play football and tennis.

Want to know more?

If there is a problem, act early and tackle it head on.

Keep a paper trail (but be prepared to justify what you say).

Don’t rush to conclusions – the situation may have more to it than you think at first.

Where I work

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Watch now: Managing Sickness Absence Webinar

Managing sickness absence is always a key challenge for schools, but particularly at the moment…

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Watch now: Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 Essential Update webinar

In September this year, the final version of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) guidance…

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Employee unfairly dismissed after raising Covid-19 related health and safety concerns

The Employment Tribunal in Scotland has ruled that an employee was unfairly dismissed for raising…

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Teacher not prosecuted for possessing indecent images of children was fairly dismissed

In the case of L v K, a teacher was fairly dismissed, according to the…

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ACAS publishes report on “fire and re-hire” practices

The practice of dismissing and reengaging employees (commonly referred to as “fire and re-hire”), as…

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Watch now: Essential employment law update for schools

In this webinar Rachel Parkin, Oliver Daniels and Heather Stickland discuss important and current employment…

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Department for Education - Education Staff Wellbeing Charter 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) has released guidance on the Education Staff Wellbeing Charter, outlining…

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A guide to dealing with employment references

References play a central role in the vetting of prospective teachers and other school staff…

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Voluntary trade union recognition – guidance note

Executive summary There are two routes to voluntary recognition of a trade union – formal…

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Supreme Court decision on sleep-in pay brings relief to schools

The Supreme Court’s decision on the question of sleep-in pay for employees, including those in…

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Confirmatory PCR test requirement following a positive result from a home-test.

Following the re-opening of schools in England this week, there has been some confusion as…

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Pregnancy and Covid-19: Joint Unions Advice For Schools

Schools are facing numerous challenges from a staffing perspective as a result of the Covid-19…

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Webinar: Annual update for schools

In this interactive webinar lawyers from our education team and guest speaker Guy Biggin, who…

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Taking on the Grand Canyon (virtually) for hospice

Tackling the Grand Canyon (virtually) in aid of Longfield Hospice in Gloucestershire is the latest…

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Webinar for schools: Life after lockdown – Employment Update

In this webinar lawyers from our Education team look at workforce planning and staffing considerations…

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Furlough leave and holiday: what we do and don’t know

As many independent schools are now making use of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme…

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The ongoing issue of visiting music teachers and their status in schools

This article first appeared in the summer edition of the ISBA’s The Bursar’s Review. In…

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Court of Appeal determines holiday calculation for “Part-Year Workers”

In a judgment that has significant ramifications for schools, the Court of Appeal (CA) have…

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Was a Head Teacher discriminated against on grounds of his sexual orientation?

In The Governing Body of Tywyn Primary v. Mr M Aplin, the Employment Appeal Tribunal…

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The ongoing issue of visiting music teachers and their status in schools

In a case of significance for schools that engage peripatetic staff on a self-employed basis,…

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When is it reasonable to suspend an employee?

There are circumstances in which it is appropriate and reasonable to suspend an employee pending…

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Can the protection of older workers justify treating younger workers less favourably?

Not according to the Court of Appeal (CA) in the recent case of The Lord…

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Teacher not unfairly dismissed, despite withheld evidence

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld a decision that Manchester Grammar School (the "School"), as…

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Employers can be vicariously liable for data breaches

The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the High Court that WM Morrison…

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Redundancy selection – when must you consider “bumping”?

In the recent case of Mirab v Mentor Graphics (UK) Limited (Mentor), the Employment Appeals…

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Does misconduct have to be “gross” to justify a dismissal without prior warnings?

It is generally accepted that for a conduct dismissal to be fair in the absence…

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Neutrality or discrimination – G4S policy comes under the spotlight

Religious clothing in the workplace has been the subject of a number of high-profile discrimination…

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Good Work Report: Government proposes to consult on employment practices

You may recall in July last year that the Taylor Review was published which reviewed…

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Working Time: How many consecutive days can workers lawfully work without a weekly rest break?

In a case that may be of particular relevance to boarding schools, the European Court…

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Whistleblowing: Can a disclosure made solely for self-interest qualify for protection?

Given the issues of compliance faced by schools, there is significant scope for staff to…

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Long Term Sickness Absence: How long do you have to wait before dismissing?

Where an employee has been off sick for a long period of time, employers face…

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Suspending Employees: A Knee-jerk Reaction?

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

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Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) confirms that voluntary overtime counts towards holiday pay calculations

There has been a degree of uncertainty in the law, since the EAT decision of BEAR…

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Calculating deductions from salary in response to strike action: Supreme Court provides clarification

In a case of particular relevance when making deductions and apportionments of salary, the Supreme…

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Travel Time for Mobile Workers: When is travel time “working time”?

In a decision that could have substantial implications, the European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”)…

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Variation Clause – Limited Appeal?

Many employers include, as part of their contracts of employment, a general right to make…

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Apprenticeships: knowing where you stand

You may have seen a number of negative news stories hitting the press recently regarding…

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School Uniform Policies and Religious Dress

It is for a School’s Governing Body to decide whether it should adopt a policy…

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