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Employment law gives me the chance to work with clients across the public, private and charitable sectors. Their approach to risk can really vary, with, for example, an SME being more afraid of ending up in a tribunal than a large corporate, as for them the risk may be more easily absorbed.

It’s this mix and the balance of being able to provide legal expertise and applying practical, sensible solutions to problems that has drawn me to practice employment law. I love getting to grips with how a business works and I really take the time to get to know you and your company process. I’m proactive, easily accessible and always thinking one step ahead in order to help you get the best from your people, as well as supporting you with any issues. I have a tenacious attitude and an approachable manner, and I build relationships with clients that go beyond just a legal adviser.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my young family, running and playing netball – I’m the founder of our HCR Rockets team!

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Keep it simple. Your employees are human and dealing with them reasonably and fairly should be at the heart of the relationship.

Listen first. Always ask your personnel what they are seeking to achieve and why, and how they see the business supporting them. This helps you find a solution much quicker, as you can get to the bottom of their behaviour without trying to mind read!

Don’t delay in picking up the phone. Issues can get worse if not tackled head on so by dealing with it straight away, you may avoid long, drawn out processes and unnecessary litigation.

How do I protect my confidential business information, especially when a once integral employee goes to a competitor? 

When you hire someone, think about how key they will be to the business and what they will have access to, including systems, client databases and know-how. Protect yourself at the beginning of a relationship or on employee promotion so that you can get the correctly worded restrictions in place, manage expectations and increase your chance of being able to enforce a restrictive covenant should you need to.

How do I get my business ready for a potential sale? 

Get on top of your personnel documents like staff handbooks, employment contracts and confidentiality agreements. Restructure departments to ensure they are working efficiently for the business and look at using performance and incentives-driven performance to get the most out of your people.

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Time for change? The effect of the Uber case on your business

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Spotlight on… Rachel Roberts

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Covid-19 vaccine – what employers should know and do

With the vaccine roll out gathering speed, a lot of employers are now left wondering…

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Webinar: SOS! Business protection webinar- Data theft and employee restrictive covenants

In the ever increasing world of homeworking and ‘bring your own device’ usage, it's never…

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Webinar: Ask the restrictive covenants experts

https://youtu.be/PLTEq3hOMgg In this episode of our Ask the Expert series, Rachel Roberts, Partner, Employment and…

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Redundancy – Is there another way?

Whilst some businesses have bounced back after the initial lockdown, others are seeing more long…

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Virtual event: Business survival during Covid-19

On 5th May participants joined our webinar on Business Survival during Covid-19, for practical tips…

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Updated guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

On 15 April 2020, the Treasury issued a Direction to HMRC (under powers conferred by…

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Employment Law Changes in April 2020

Changes are on the way The biggest change for most employers in April 2020 will…

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Employers: you cannot settle SMP claims without actually paying SMP

Settlement agreements Settlement agreements are a useful tool for employers to resolve disputes. Provided the…

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Promotions take law firm over 100-partner mark

Five new partners have been announced at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, taking the firm’s number of…

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Harassment related to sex and the burden of proof

A female manager massaging a male employee’s shoulders in an open plan office was not…

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Social media: a curse or a tool?

Social media has become a staple of our collective sub-conscious - from breakfast choices to…

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Are you liable for your Employees’ behaviour on social media?

Mr O Forbes v LHR Airports Ltd: UKEAT/0174/18/BA Takeaway Inappropriate behaviour on social media can…

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Supreme Court supports employers’ post-termination restrictions

Employers who use restrictive covenants are used to being warned that, if the restriction is…

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Restrictive covenants and non-compete clauses – are they enforceable?

The first restrictive covenant case to reach the Supreme Court in more than 100 years,…

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Employment law reforms: the “Good Work Plan”

The rise of the gig economy and zero hours contracts have brought massive changes to…

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Locums – What are the issues?

The use of the term “locum” can cause consternation. It is used in a variety…

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ACAS Early Conciliation

Whilst it may seem longer, early ACAS early conciliation has only been mandatory for claims…

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Whittlestone v BJP Home Support – Sleeping on the Job?

The recent case of Whittlestone –v- BJP Home Support Ltd is an important case for those in…

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