I am an Associate in the Employment Law Department advising individuals and businesses on all aspects of employment law and human resources.
My areas of work
As an experienced employment law solicitor, I routinely advise clients on dealing with internal grievances, disciplinary procedures and redundancies and provide high quality HR documents. I regularly draft Contracts of Employment, Consultancy or Freelance Agreements and policies and procedures. In addition, I advise on and robustly negotiate employee departures and draft settlement agreements, where appropriate.
I have acted for clients in bringing and defending Employment Tribunal claims and in presenting appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal on matters including unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, wrongful dismissal, breach of contract and discrimination claims.
Whilst I am able to provide a full-employment law advice service, I have particular expertise in advising on issues of long-term sickness absence and disability. I regularly advise on issues relating to work-related stress, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other disabilities. I am an active contributor to The @Work Partnership's Occupational Health [at Work] Journal for Occupational Health Practitioners and provide answers to questions posed on its OH Law online platform. I am also invited to speak on the subject of disability discrimination by different associations and organisations.
I act for both employees and employers and regularly assist and advise on matters including post-termination restrictions, prospects of success in respect of employment claims and negotiated exits.
My practice typically involves 90% dispute-related work.
My previous experience
I qualified as a solicitor in 2012 having obtained a First-Class Honours degree in Law and Criminology (LLB) from the University of Portsmouth. Following my degree, I obtained a Distinction in the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Guildford. I have practised employment law exclusively since qualification and, prior to qualification, undertook a 12-month seat in employment law during my training contract. In addition to my roles as an employment lawyer, I also played an active role in managing a firm’s HR until I joined BakerLaw LLP in July 2017.
My involvement in business development and marketing has included my role as secretary and committee member of a successful networking group and managing the firm’s social media platforms.
I am an active member of the Farnham Chamber of Commerce Committee.
What clients say about me
“Emily was an ultimate professional at all times, not only adapting that to being very personable with me. I would recommend using BakerLaw for any of your needs. Emily was extremely professional and advice that was given was second to none. I will be forever grateful for their help with my employment law issues.” [Jaime Layton]
“Emily was absolutely incredible. I felt she explained everything very clearly, responded to communications very quickly meaning I never had to chase her and her support gave me much comfort during a difficult time. I will recommend Emily to anyone I know with an employment issue.” [Georgina Hancock]
“Emily is simply awesome! She made the whole process of my settlement agreement so easy and stress free, explained everything really well and responded to me extremely quickly. A fantastic level of service, which is friendly and very genuine.” [Mr M]
"Emily was excellent. Very professional, helpful and clear in her communications. She has a warm, approachable manner which makes it easy for clients to discuss concerns." [Ms D]
"Thank you so much for your confident, knowledgeable and compassionate handling of my client’s potential claim. They were extremely worried and I can’t tell you how reassuring it was for them to have your support. I fully appreciate that the battle is certainly not over yet, however knowing that we have your expertise behind us moves the mountain to a more realistic ‘molehill’. Great to have your support and I certainly owe you a coffee. You continue to be my ‘go to employment lawyer." [HR Consultant, Hampshire]
My interest and hobbies
My cottage garden occupies most of my time but when I am not tending to my vegetables I can be found enjoying a walk in the countryside with the family dogs or sipping a cocktail.
Qualifications and Accreditations
I am a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and Surrey Law Society.
I was awarded the Oxford University Press Prize for Best Dissertation in 2012.