As a rockhopper lawyer, I am on call, by telephone and email, to advise employers from a variety of sectors on whatever HR or employee relations issues they need assistance with.
I advise on all types of employment issues, from drafting and negotiations, to avoiding litigation (and dealing with it when it arises). I advise regularly on non-standard working arrangements, TUPE, and major redundancies and restructurings. I originally trained at a magic circle firm in London, then spent six years as an employment lawyer in New Zealand where I re-qualified as both a solicitor and barrister, before joining Lewis Silkin in 2007.
I chair Lewis Silkin's non-permanent workforce group which specialises in non-standard working arrangements and the recruitment industry. I advise and speak regularly on the non-permanent workforce. Hot topics that we are dealing with at the moment are the ‘gig economy’, arrangements involving personnel being supplied to third parties, and internships.
One of my specialisms is advising on the Agency Workers Regulations, and I liaised with BIS on its official guidance to those regulations. I advise end-users and temporary agencies on all aspects of those regulations including obligations for equal payment of temporary workers. I also advise regularly on negotiation of terms and conditions between end-users and temporary agencies.
I am an active member of our TUPE specialist group, and advise regularly on TUPE in the context of pitching for new business, service provision changes when business has been won or lost, and employee transfers when business assets change hands. I advise on wording for commercial agreements, when employees are in scope to transfer, and the practicalities of the transfer including identifying measures, providing employee liability information, and informing/consulting with representatives.
I met with BIS to discuss the future of TUPE and many of our suggestions were incorporated into the latest TUPE Regulations.
I work with several key technology clients, and as a member of our technology sector group, I am accustomed to handling the issues that particularly affect the technology industry.
Awards and recognition
- Legal 500 2018: receives praise for ‘understanding the viewpoint of employers and the need to find practical solutions'.