My role

I am an associate in the pensions and employment team. I advise on both contentious and non-contentious HR and employment law matters in a range of sectors including housing, local government, charity, as well as support other commercial organisations. My advice is focused on helping clients achieve their goals.

My experience

I have experience of advising on all aspects of employment law including; restructure and redundancies, TUPE, terms and conditions of employment, HR policies and procedures and termination of employment. I also assist clients in defending employment tribunal proceedings, in particular, unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.

My specialisms

  • Contracts of employment and HR policies and procedures
  • Employee relations issues - including grievance and disciplinary
  • TUPE
  • Change programmes – restructuring and redundancy
Gender pay gaps in the public sector
Gender pay gaps in the public sector

The requirements largely mirror those being imposed on the private sector, reported in our briefing in October 2016: Gender Pay Reporting is coming – are you ready?.

Privacy of work emails
Privacy of work emails

In the case of Barbulescu v Romania, the employer had a clear policy in which all personal use of the employer’s IT systems was forbidden. Here, the employee had used his personal email account during work time and via the employer’s systems.

How far do you need to go to protect employees against every-day hazards or risks?
How far do you need to go to protect employees against every-day hazards or risks?

She claimed for damages against her employer citing a breach of the employer’s statutory duty (with reference to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999) and alleged that Cordia had failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment, or to provide adequate footwear to mitigate the risk of a fall.

Vicarious liability – are you on the hook?
Vicarious liability – are you on the hook?

Two recent Supreme Court cases (Cox v Ministry of Justice and Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarket plc) confirm that a relationship other than one of employment is, in principle, capable of giving rise to vicarious liability where an individual is integrated into the defendant’s operation and the defendant has created the risk of wrongdoing by assigning responsibility to the individual.

How heavy is too heavy? A recent case on disability
How heavy is too heavy? A recent case on disability

The EAT decided that a warehouse worker, who had difficulty lifting up to 25kg, was disabled for the purposes of the Act. Mr Banaszczyk worked in a distribution centre and was employed to lift and move cases by hand for loading onto pallet trucks.

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