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 and transfer of undertakings.
Esther is also a member of Shoosmiths' Employment Data Protection team and regularly advises clients in respect of managing employee data and dealing with subject access requests.
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.