Contact Alison Flett
I have experience in both contentious and non-contentious areas of employment law. My day to day work is varied, but I spend the majority of my time helping employers and HR professionals to resolve employment problems, which can range from dismissing a difficult employee to redundancy and business reorganisations. I also manage and advise on all aspects of Employment Tribunal claims faced by clients.
I often advise clients on all areas of workplace management; from investigating disciplinaries and grievances, to providing strategic guidance on tackling absence in the workplace or advising on performance management. The advisory aspect of my role is extensive, however I also support clients in the drafting of employment contracts, policies and settlement agreements.
Whilst at Clarkslegal, I completed an 18-month secondment to a large publically listed company. I was the sole employment lawyer and provided legal and strategic advice on all employment related legal queries to over 100 HR personnel. As well as dealing with day-to-day employment issues, I regularly advised the company on complex restructures, large scale TUPE transfers and ensuing redundancies. Part of the secondment role also included the delivery of regular training to the group HR function, wider HR population and line managers.
I regularly advise clients on thorny grievance cases and enjoy untangling the legal issues for clients in an understandable way. My guidance and practical approach proved vital to a client’s successful completion of numerous large scale collective grievances, one of which involved over 130 employees and several hundred individual complaints.
I have experience of acting for both employers and individuals in contentious Employment Tribunal cases (including large multi-party claims) and advising on settlements. I enjoy assisting clients with all aspects of the process; from drafting claims, defences and witness statements to advocating at a hearing. I have represented clients in a range of discrimination, constructive dismissal, breach of contract and unfair dismissal cases.
Commencing a restructuring or redundancy process can be a daunting experience for any business. However, managing the process fairly and efficiently is key to avoiding the risk of employee claims. In my role, I provide to guidance to clients on procedural requirements, advice on redundancy, strategic considerations and changes to terms and conditions.
I advise clients on employment aspects of corporate transactions including business transfers and insourcing and outsourcing of services under the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations (TUPE). This includes advice on due diligence, drafting and negotiation of indemnities and warranties and the information and consultation process.