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Deborah Scales
Associate

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Deborah is associate in the employment team. She advises both employers and senior employees on a wide range of employment law matters from discrimination and whistleblowing issues to team moves, restructures and redundancies.

Deborah advises complex discrimination claims against all kinds of employers including SME’s, PLCs, charities and the public sector. In addition, She advises businesses on IR35 and the complexities of calculating working hours for National Minimum Wage.

Deborah is experienced in achieving successful outcomes with employment tribunal procedures and hearings and has represented both claimants and respondents at preliminary, full merit and remedies hearings.

Deborah aims to provide clients with speedy and pragmatic solutions to employment matters. Prior to commencing her career in law, she worked in independent television, publishing, travel, and marketing.

She regularly presents at external events on employment law issues and has recently spoken on topics including diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Experience

Discrimination & Whistleblowing

Deborah assists HR or managers through grievances and disciplinaries by drafting robust defences to discrimination complaints and claims. Deborah is experienced in pursuing and defending sexual harassment claims and has sat on the EHRC’s advisory panel on Religion & Belief on behalf of the Federation of Small Businesses.

Deborah acts for a range of individuals and businesses on whistleblowing issues and has acted for police officers in whistleblowing claims against their own police forces.

Restrictive covenants & Team Moves

Deborah assists businesses by drafting appropriate restrictions for breach of covenants and provide urgent ‘springboard injunction’ for team moves in breach of restrictions.

Deborah can also act for employees by challenging their employers to release them from clauses which may be unenforceable and responding to threatening letters before action.

National Minimum and National Living Wage

Deborah is experienced in advising businesses, particularly care homes and providers of overnight care, on the complexities of calculating working hours for the purposes of the NMW. She has represented employers at investigation meetings with HMRC’s NMW compliance officers and succeeded in defeating claims with no merit. Where there has been an underpayment by the employer, she has negotiated repayments to avoid criminal sanctions or the business being ‘named and shamed’.

Redundancy

Advises on all aspects of redundancy consultations and restructures including determining the ‘at risk pool’, avoiding discriminatory selection criteria and marking, suitable alternative employment and the statutory trial period.

Employment Tribunal Advocacy and County Court Claims

Deborah has extensive experience of employment tribunal procedures and hearings and have represented both claimants and respondents at preliminary, full merit and remedies hearings. instructing counsel where it is more cost effective or in the client’s best interests to do so and issue proceedings in the county court for breach of contract claims where this is the most advantageous, or the only available forum.

Settlement Agreements

Advises both businesses and individuals on all aspects of senior executive terminations including the transfer of shares and good and bad leaver provisions, the resignation of directorships (forced or otherwise) and working with commercial team where that is in the best interests of clients. Accepts urgent, last minute settlement agreement instructions and negotiate for enhanced terms.

Training

Deborah offers equal opportunities and anti-harassment training to employees.