Career at a Glance

Summary

For years as an employment lawyer, I often dealt with situations after they had gone wrong. By this time, the relationship between a manager and employee is likely to be strained or broken. It was difficult to achieve much value for a client in these situations because a legal focus is rarely a satisfactory way of resolving an issue.

With this in mind, since 2004 I have developed a training practice with the aim of helping managers, HR and in-house lawyers avoid the mistakes which can result in disputes. I now no longer practise as a solicitor so that I can focus exclusively on training and complementary consultancy services such as workplace investigations and facilitation. There is still an employment law basis to most of what I do but I focus on what the law requires in practice.

The practical suggestions are drawn from talking with clients about their approach to relevant issues - and personal experience managing a team myself. I find it very motivating to help clients proactively with their employment issues and believe there is real value to be added in this way.

Experience

Since 2014 Self-employed business and training consultant

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2009-2014 Partner, Employment team, Pinsent Masons

I was responsible for and managed the Employment Law Plus team

2002-2009 Associate then Senior Associate, Employment team, Pinsent Masons

I set up the Employment training team in 2004

1998-2002 Solicitor, Employment team, Wragge & Co (now Gowling WLG)
1996-1998 Trainee Solicitor, Wragge & Co (now Gowling WLG)

I spent the last six months of my training in the Employment team and qualified in to that team

Education

1995-96 Legal Practice Course, College of Law (York)
1994-95 Common Professional Examination, University of Birmingham
1990-94 BA Hons Modern Languages (French & Spanish), University of Cambridge