Senior Associate, Employment
T: 01635 508181
E: [email protected]
Julie is a senior associate at Gardner Leader in the Commercial team.
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 runs HR Exchange meetings in Newbury for employers to come together to share ideas and experiences where they have been given HR responsibility and writes a quarterly employment update to help raise awareness of employment law developments.
Relevant Work Experience
Julie’s recent non-contentious work includes:
- Drafting employment contracts and staff handbooks.
- Advising on a redundancy procedure and restructuring process.
- Advice on a capability procedure in accordance with the ACAS Code of Practice and the Company’s own procedure to manage an under-performing employee.
- Assessing the options where action was proposed regarding a breach of restrictive covenants.
- Advice on procedure for obtaining consent to assess the medical condition of an absent employee.
- Advising on the application of TUPE to a business transfer and the associated procedures.
Julie’s recent contentious work includes:
- Successfully defending a company from a claim for holiday pay from a self-employed contractor who asserted he was a worker.
- Successfully defended a company from an automatic unfair dismissal claim following a TUPE transfer.
- Secured a significant settlement for a claimant following a five day tribunal hearing that upheld claims of automatic unfair dismissal following a TUPE transfer.
- Experience of disability discrimination and sex discrimination claims.
- Numerous matters have also been negotiated to a settlement on behalf of both claimants and companies.
- Julie is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and has previously taken part in working parties addressing new government proposals to amend employment law