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Rachel YorkeSenior Associate
Rachel is a Senior Associate in the Employment team.
Rachel advises on non-contentious matters, such as sickness absence, maternity and paternity rights, redundancy, restructuring arrangements, TUPE transfers and general grievance and disciplinary issues. She also provides advice on contentious matters, including unfair and constructive dismissal claims, allegations of discrimination or sexual harassment, unlawful deduction from wages and whistleblowing. She regularly presents at client seminars to provide updates on new legislation and case law and has, in the past, provided clients with on-site training to improve internal processes and procedures.
Rachel's clients include senior executives, owner-managed businesses, large corporates and federations operating across a range of sectors, from retail, leisure and hospitality to engineering and equine. She has also acted for a number of educational institutions.
Recent examples of how Rachel has helped clients include:
• successfully bringing an unfair dismissal claim against a large bank on behalf of a senior manager dismissed for gross misconduct. The individual went on to secure significant compensation from the bank;
• helping streamline business operations for a corporate client through a restructuring programme, which involved redundancy and the variation of employees' terms and conditions;
• persuading a Claimant to drop a claim of constructive unfair dismissal against their former School employer through a well-timed and strongly worded costs threat; and
• successfully representing an employer client in an unfair dismissal and discrimination case before the Employment Tribunal in which the Claimant was claiming tens of thousands of pounds in compensation.