Claire deals with all employment issues arising before, during and after employment including Tribunal work, drafting and advising on employment documents, Settlement Agreements and providing support for the Corporate team.
Claire provides advice, support and representation in Tribunals for employees and employers in all aspects of employment law including unlawful deductions from wages, discrimination, unfair dismissal and TUPE.
Claire provides initial and ongoing advice to clients on the law, prospects and risks of pursing or defending a matter; drafts claim forms, responses, list of issues and directions, schedules of loss, further and better particulars, witness statements, chronologies and submissions. Claire negotiates settlements and terms with ACAS and directly with the opposing parties and prepares cases for final hearings.
Claire has experience dealing with trade unions and undertaking advocacy at the early stages of a claim.
Work outside the Tribunal
Claire drafts, reviews and advises on the terms of contracts of employment/Service Agreements, restrictive covenants, handbooks and Settlement Agreements.
Claire advises on TUPE transfers, family rights and management of employees in the workplace.
Claire provides legal and HR advice, support and solutions to employers (previously trade union shop stewards and Regional Officers) for varying terms of employment, disciplinary and capabilities proceedings and a range of adhoc queries at short-notice by telephone or email.
Claire is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and takes part in events for young professionals in Southampton.
Graduate of Bristol University and Guildford College of Law. Trained and qualified as an Employment Solicitor at Pitmans. Joined 2008.
For the employee in the service provision change case of Johnson Controls Ltd v Campbell & Ors EAT/0041/12/JOJ. This claim went to the EAT and has been referred to in other TUPE cases regarding service provision changes.
Drafting the grounds of objection for a costs application for costs in excess of £60,000 in an unlawful deduction from wages claim. This resulted in a settlement of £3,000.
For a union in a claim against an employer for failing to comply with the requirements to collectively consult under TULRCA 1992. This involved working jointly with another union and working closely with Counsel in the preparation and submissions for the hearing.
For 90 employees in a TUPE claim involving two insolvent companies for a protective award, redundancy and notice payments and outstanding wages.
Advised an employer on the removal of two senior employees facing potential capability and conduct proceedings from employment. This concluded with a reasonable and amicable settlement being reached between the parties.
Advised the employees in a site closure of the law regarding redundancy and collective consultation and the terms of Settlement Agreements which had been offered.
Updated Handbooks to include Shared Parental Leave, changes to the ACAS Code and e-cigarettes.
Drafted contracts of employment for employees working from home which included arrangements for the provision of equipment, insurance and the right to enter and for Nannies which required enhanced confidentiality provisions.
Employment - Recent Legal Changes 29 September 2014
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