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Katherine Sinclair

Legal director

Legal director in the employment and pensions team

My role

I am a legal director in the employment and pensions team, advising organisations in all our sectors on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment issues. I lead the education work in the team and also specialise in advice to social housing and charities clients. I am pragmatic in my advice and always look at the big picture. My aim is to deliver client-focused solutions in a straight-forward way. I am approachable, friendly and known for getting the job done.

My experience

My recent experience includes advising on employment status issues and IR35 implications, trade union disputes and whistleblowing allegations and carrying out sensitive investigations. I regularly advise on complex restructures and redundancies, and also enjoy advising on equality issues and discrimination challenges and tribunal litigation. I also support clients with challenging TUPE issues – most recently on a housing stock transfer and a merger. I have considerable experience supporting clients with difficult employee relations issues and negotiating the exits of senior executives. I enjoy tribunal advocacy and present seminars and bespoke training on employment law issues for clients and interested parties.

My specialisms

  • Employment law
  • Education
  • Tribunal claims
  • Discrimination
  • TUPE

Blog


My latest articles

Four day week – is it for you?
Four day week – is it for you?

Successive generations have witnessed seismic shifts in the workplace; post-war it was the return of the soldiers and the impact on working women who had to work in their place.

The childcare disparity – it hasn’t gone away!
The childcare disparity – it hasn’t gone away!

We've seen a noticeable trickle of cases concerning what is known as the ‘childcare disparity’. Essentially relating to the childcare responsibilities that still largely fall on women’s shoulders

ECJ redefining working time – still relevant post-Brexit
ECJ redefining working time – still relevant post-Brexit

The free movement of workers may have stopped on 1 January this year but the free movement of ECJ decisions is not so fettered!

Post Brexit; key employment themes
Post Brexit; key employment themes

As our parcels are delayed and some groceries appear lacking, we are reminded that Brexit will have unforeseen implications for some time to come.

Extended furlough guidance – a birthday cake full of surprises?
Extended furlough guidance – a birthday cake full of surprises?

The Guidance for the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was released last night on 10 November 2020. We thought we knew what we were expecting or so we thought...

Settled workers
Settled workers

Somewhat ironically, the EU Settlement Scheme, first announced in June 2018 and operational from 30 March 2019, has remained just that, albeit with some changes.

Thank you for the music…and the music teachers?
Thank you for the music…and the music teachers?

The tribunal decision in the case of Scott v Chigwell School last week might cause school managers and bursars some sleepless nights as they process its ramifications.

Will you still fund me… When I’m 64?
Will you still fund me… When I’m 64?

It’s not often that the Government asks for more money and then offers to pay anyway! That is the situation when it comes to employer contributions to the Teacher Pension Scheme (TPS)...

Term-time workers – are they missing out?
Term-time workers – are they missing out?

Calculating holiday pay and entitlement is rarely a pleasure and almost always a chore! It would be wise to review the calculation of holiday pay for term-time workers.