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Esther Wilkins

Esther Wilkins

Esther Wilkins

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Esther is an experienced employment lawyer advising clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. She specialises in providing pragmatic, solution-driven advice to organisations facing challenging employment management issues and complex workplace disputes.

Esther has experience of advising clients across a range of industry sectors and has particular expertise in the education sector, regularly advising independent schools and academies on employment-related matters.

Esther’s work includes advising on employment contracts; directors’ service agreements; restrictive covenants; changes of contract terms; staff handbooks; settlement agreements and negotiations; managing sickness absence and disability issues in the workplace; redundancy situations; flexible working requests; tribunal litigation; apprenticeships; employee shareholder status; and transfer of undertakings.

Although Esther primarily acts for employers, she also has experience of supporting individuals through grievance processes, settlement negotiations and tribunal litigation. Esther has a particular interest in discrimination cases having successfully handled disability discrimination claims (including mental health disability) and pregnancy/sex discrimination claims.

Her recent work includes:

·         Supporting a client in the construction industry through the disciplinary process and dismissal of a senior employee.


·         Advising a charitable trust on the complex sickness absence management situation of a disabled employee;


·         Acting for a charity on a large-scale restructure involving redundancies and change of contract terms;


·         Dealing with the TUPE implications of an independent school outsourcing its IT function.

Esther also provides in-house training on employment law issues and is a regular speaker at internal and external events.



My education:

BA (hons) Archaeology and Ancient History ( Oxford University )

GDL ( Oxford Brooks University )

LPC ( Oxford Institute of Legal Practice )