Julie Taylor – Partner Q&A


Julie qualified as a Solicitor in 2007. Julie is an employment law and HR specialist. She helps a variety of organisations manage all their employment law obligations. This ranges from drafting effective contracts and policies to govern the working relationship, including for volunteers and casual staff, to recommending the best way to resolve or manage disputes. Julie also advises regularly on the terms of settlement agreements for both employers and employees.

We asked one our newest Partners Julie a series of questions to get to know her better –

What has been your career highlight?

I am very pleased to have Gardner Leader recognized in the Legal 500 for employment law for the last three years and to be promoted to Partner.

I would also say another highlight of mine was settling an unfair dismissal claim for a high profile employee in unusual circumstances just before the tribunal hearing started, securing a significant on-going income commitment and avoiding the need for the situation to become public.

Do you have any advice for people wanting to build their career in Law and potentially work towards Partnership?

I would advise anyone interested in Law to persevere and take care to choose the area of law that you enjoy the most that plays to your skills.

How has Gardner Leader helped you in your career development?

I joined Gardner Leader straight from university when I was not even sure I wanted to be a lawyer, but they enabled me the flexibility to work while I studied at Guildford College of law and the support of knowing I had a training contract once I had finished the course. This was all very important to me as I already carried significant university debts.

The firm has also been a great source of stability for me through some very difficult times and through some happy occasions.

What makes Gardner Leader special to you?

The people, without a doubt. I have made some of my best friends at Gardner Leader and being an employment lawyer I can see the importance of enjoying the company of your colleagues!

Who would you most like to step into the shoes of for a day?

I would love to step into the shoes of Jenny Jones, the first Briton to win an Olympic medal on snow, and my assumption is that she gets to surf all summer and spend the winter in the mountains!

If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?

I’d love to be able to do the tricky yoga moves or surf properly.

What is a random fact about yourself?

I love snow and have skied two of the steepest black runs in Austria. (hara-kiri, Mayrhofen and the Hannenkahn in Kitzbuhel).

Do you have a favourite quote you stand by?

This is borrowed from a lovely friend of mine who is sadly no longer with us, who was simply amazing. Despite the circumstances she would remind you there are good and bad days but where a day may not be a good day, there is something good in every day. So whenever I am frustrated or fed up I am reminded to look for the smile from my son or the biscuit with my tea and understand that the little things all play a part and that has really helped me.

Julie Taylor

Employment Law

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