I joined Lewissilkinhouse in December 2014 to broaden my horizons after a long spell in a US multinational.
I have a variety of experience as a lawyer. After qualification in Scotland, I started off as a legal adviser to the Confederation of British Industry in London, advising member companies and lobbying government on employment legislation. Thereafter I worked for law firms in England specialising in employment law before moving to Brussels to study EU law.
I subsequently worked for a law firm in Brussels and Paris on EU Law, employment, litigation and commercial matters. My in-house career started in the oil and gas industry negotiating Caspian Sea projects in Tehran, followed by experience in the water sector in Brussels, Romania, Bulgaria and Kuwait. Prior to joining lewissilkinhouse, I worked as lead employment lawyer for the EMEA region for a major US multinational in the food, agriculture and financial services business for 13 years. I provide temporary employment law services to Lewis Silkin clients through lewissilkinhouse, as well as focusing on international employee relations and European Works Councils.
I have worked in-house in the following diverse sectors:
- food and agriculture
- financial services (hedge funds, investment services, value investment businesses)
- oil and gas exploration
- water projects
I have a very useful insight into the wide-ranging issues and challenges faced in each industry.
I have over 20 years’ experience in UK employment law, but also have wide EMEA experience as an in-house employment lawyer and employee relations specialist. I have dealt with many multinational mergers, acquisitions, disposals, reorganisations and outsourcing projects. I have sound knowledge of country works councils and other employee representative bodies across EMEA. I am a seasoned negotiator and have handled complex individual and collective employee issues and litigation in EMEA. On ethical issues, I have conducted employee investigations in Western, Central and Eastern Europe, North and Western Africa and Asia. I have advised clients on human rights and modern slavery. I have sound employment tribunal experience.
I have significant experience dealing with European Works Councils (EWCs). I am well versed in EWC regulations, developments, practice and negotiations. Having been a management representative on an EWC for eight years, I have a deep insight into the practical issues faced by companies. I have negotiated EWC agreements, devised and delivered numerous training programmes to HR, business managers and latterly to European Works Council members.