Isabel is a Partner in the Employment team.
Working mainly for employers but also for senior employees, Isabel drafts contracts of employment for both senior and junior employees, including agreements for atypical workers. She advises on restrictive covenants, bringing or defending injunctive proceedings in the event of a breach of restrictions. She takes a commercial approach to meeting a client's objectives in the most cost effective way.
As an experienced advocate, she provides representation before the Employment Tribunal in relation to claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistle-blowing. This means that, unlike many lawyers who routinely rely on barristers, Isabel ensures unrivalled continuity of care where this is agreed to be more appropriate for clients.
Isabel also advises on the full range of employment issues including contractual disputes, disciplinary and grievance issues, discrimination, business transfers (TUPE), equal pay, absence management, reorganisation and redundancies.
Recent examples of how Isabel has supported clients include:
- putting evidence to a claimant which left him with no alternative but to confess to the Employment Tribunal that he had fabricated his claim of race discrimination;
- persuading the Employment Tribunal to allow a client to defend TUPE proceedings from which they had previously been excluded and securing cover for the legal costs from their insurer; and
- preventing a former employee from continuing to breach a restrictive covenant and forcing their new employer to account for profits made from the breaches.