In employment law, people are at the heart of everything we do. As an employment lawyer and a person, I love to know what drives people, how they live their lives and their different backgrounds, cultures and opinions. It’s this human element of my work that appeals to me most.
Employment law is also extremely varied and fast-moving and I often find that an approach that works for one person or business may not be right for another. HR strategy can be influenced by politics, culture, the current climate and even just by how an individual is feeling on the day, and I find that really interesting and challenging.
I work mainly for respondents in large and medium-sized companies, and I have specific expertise in issues that affect public sector organisations and companies in the defence and security sector. I’m knowledgeable and practical with a friendly, down-to-earth approach, working as an extension to my client’s team and taking care to ensure we secure the best possible outcome.
Outside of work, I love walking and one of my proudest achievements was being part of a 30-strong team of women who trekked to the Everest Base Camp for charity. If I wasn’t a lawyer I’d be pursuing my passion for great food and delicious wine by running my own bistro.
People are the biggest asset to any business – and sometimes they’re the biggest risk. An employment law issue is a people issue, so it’s important to deal with the person, not the problem.
Take advice and trust us. Even if you decide not to follow it, whatever decision you make should always be an informed one. Our job is not to run your business or make decisions for you, but to make it easier for you to do so.
Stay calm. Whatever the issue, there’s always a way through in the end. It may not look how you expect it to, but there will be a solution.
Why is employment law stacked in favour of the employees?
It isn’t, although it can feel like that to an employer trying to run a business. In fact, you can usually do what you want to or need to do to make your business run effectively. You just have to do it fairly and reasonably.
You’re a lawyer – can you help me with my divorce/house purchase/dispute with my window-cleaner?
I’m usually asked this by my friends and family and the answer is, as much as I’d like to, no I can’t! Speak to an expert in the right area as nothing can replace specialist advice. No lawyer knows everything, but most know another lawyer who can help.
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