Kimbra is a Partner in the Employment team and a judge in the Central London Employment Tribunal.
An employment law specialist, providing advice to employers and senior executives on a range of employment law matters including discrimination issues, grievances and disciplinary issues, employment tribunal claims, settlement agreements, including terms and conditions of employment, severance packages following an agreed or forced exit and the scope and enforceability of restrictive covenants.
Besides being heavily involved in tribunal litigation, Kimbra spends much of her time advising on large scale corporate restructures and redundancy programmes some of which require trade union and employee consultation. She also delivers in-house training to keep employers abreast of recent and forthcoming employment law changes and to give guidance on best practice garnered from her handling of similar claims, both as a practitioner and while sitting as a judge.
Kimbra’s clients are based throughout the UK and operate in a range of sectors, including financial and professional services, education, retail and manufacturing. They include construction and manufacturing company, Voestalpine Metsec plc, sustainable packaging specialist, Leicester Football Club plc (the Tigers), Coventry Building Society, financial services provider Wesleyan, national retailer Deichman Shoes and adhesive products specialist Bostik Ltd.
Recent examples of how Kimbra has supported clients include:
- successfully negotiating the withdrawal of a disability discrimination claim brought against a national cinema chain by an employee with mental health issues following their sustained harassment of another member of staff;
- supporting a large employer to make wide-ranging changes to their employee benefits package, including managing the trade union and staff consultation process prior to the changes being incorporated into amended contracts of employment; and
- guiding an employer through the process of derecognising a trade union they had previously acknowledged voluntarily and providing assurance that a claim for statutory recognition had no prospects of success due to low membership numbers.