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Our People

We're a people business.  And for LAW clients, our people are your people.

Magnus Swanson
Executive Chairman | Glasgow
Magnus is a former Corporate Lawyer and Chief Executive of a major law firm. He has served on the Board of Law At Work since the company was established, and became Executive Chairman following our MBO in 2012. Following the acquisition of Law At Work by Marlowe plc in December 2019, he continues to lead the division which operates under the Law At Work brand.
Donald MacKinnon
Group Legal Director | Glasgow
Donald’s 20 year career in law has included him working for a community law centre, a bank and one of Scotland’s largest commercial law firms. He joined LAW in 2001, and leads the employment law team. Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland since 2005 as a specialist in employment law, Donald has vast experience in all areas of employment practice. As well as being a board director, Donald maintains his own portfolio of clients, and continues to appear before employment tribunals and the EAT. Donald is a go-to contributor for press, radio and TV on all matters relating to employment law.
PJ Chalmers
Group Operations Director | Aberdeen
Having worked in the regulatory compliance sector for over 20 years, primarily specialising in employment law and HR, PJ has vast experience of supporting clients on operational and strategic people management issues. In the past, PJ acted as technical consultant for a major player in the compliance sector before helping found Empire, which was acquired by LAW in 2018. Now Group Operations Director for LAW, PJ has responsibility for developing the Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality (HSEQ) services within the group.
Steve Cook
Group Managing Director | Aberdeen
Steve is LAW Group MD, and formerly Chief Executive of Empire, which was acquired by LAW in 2018. Empire had grown to become one of the largest independent employment law, HR and safety consultancies in Scotland. Steve is active within the Aberdeen business community and has been Chairman of Elevator, a social enterprise, since 2002. Elevator delivers Business Gateway services in the Grampian and Tayside regions, helping thousands of new businesses start each year.
Arthur Bradbury
Managing Director | London
Arthur has over two decades of experience in driving exceptional commercial outcomes and business growth. For the past decade he has worked for some of the UK’s largest companies that provide HR and Health & Safety support. He has also worked for the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and a number of other membership organisations in the UK. Arthur’s passion is driving sustainable growth within organisations by challenging individuals and companies to change the way they think and proving that there are multiple ways of achieving success. He believes that progressive organisations need progressive support, hence his desire to develop tailored HR solutions that deliver peace of mind and clarity of business direction.
Michael Corish
Commercial Projects Manager | Glasgow
As a former Managing Director and Commercial Director with the UK’s No.1 independent funeral planning company, Golden Charter, Michael joined the staff of Law At Work in April 2019 having worked alongside the senior team as a consultant developing and supporting LAW’s growth strategy. A key member of the team that secured the purchase of Empire HR, Michael’s 25 year career in client and commercial facing roles is deployed against strategies and initiatives that help secure LAW’s long term sustainable growth.
Margaret Anne Clark
Head of Employment Law | Glasgow
Qualified since 2003, Margaret Anne is a highly skilled solicitor who gets the job done with a minimum of fuss. As Head of Employment Law, she advises clients on all aspects of employment law; with particular expertise in discrimination, equal pay and equality matters. She also has extensive experience of advising on redundancies, business reorganisations and TUPE. Her unwillingness to speak Latin, and her reluctance to write ten page letters, role models the pragmatic and practical approach that LAW exemplifies. Margaret Anne is also a tutor in the Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Strathclyde.
Daniel Gorry
Deputy Head of Employment Law | Glasgow
After a spell flirting with the music industry and playing at T in the Park, Daniel traded in his guitar for a career in employment law with Law At Work. Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2006, Daniel has channelled his creative talents into advising clients on all aspects of employment law. Daniel has been on tour at a number of employment tribunals dealing with cases on unfair dismissal, discrimination and TUPE. From his involvement in complex company restructures, Daniel has developed an in depth knowledge of the education and leisure sectors.
Heather Maclean
Senior Associate (Knowledge Development) | Glasgow
Heather graduated from Strathclyde University where she gained a First Class Honours LLB degree and completed the Diploma in Legal Practice, also at Strathclyde. She specialised in employment law at the outset of her career, and has particular expertise in TUPE and data protection. She previously worked at the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic as a Supervising Solicitor, and continues to support the charity’s work as a member of its Supervisory Committee. Regularly approached to comment on employment law matters on radio and in print, Heather believes in getting right to the heart of the matter and advises in a practical, straightforward way.
Gerard O'Hare
Senior Associate Employment Solicitor | Edinburgh
Gerry completed an M.A. before setting off travelling to find his calling in life which turned out to be a love of photography. In order to fund this expensive hobby Gerry returned to university to study law and, following his traineeship, joined the LAW team in 2009. His people and analytical skills work well in the world of employment law, and Law At Work's innovative business model allows him to build strong relationships with his clients and provide them with high quality, practical, hands-on advice. Gerry specialises in reorganisations, workplace policies, contracts and contentious matters.
Paman Singh
Associate Principal Litigation Solicitor | Glasgow
Paman joined the team in 2015 and has recently moved into the role of Principal Litigation Solicitor taking responsibility for overseeing the team’s Employment Tribunal workload as well as looking after a number of LAW’s clients. Paman has a particular interest and expertise in litigation and has successfully represented clients in tribunal hearings across the UK in a wide variety of claims including discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal. With an honours degree and masters in law to his name, Paman also tutors on the University of Strathclyde Diploma in Legal Practice.
Ysabelle Buckle
Senior Associate Employment Solicitor | Aberdeen
completed her law degree in Leeds in 2003 and, following her legal traineeship, went on to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. Drawn to her Scottish roots, in 2007, Ysabelle relocated to Aberdeen, subsequently also qualifying as a solicitor in Scots Law. Following employment at a well-respected law firm in Aberdeen, Ysabelle joined Law at Work Empire in 2011. Throughout her career, Ysabelle has worked on the whole spectrum of employment related matters, across a wide range of industries and has a particular interest in the retail, care, offshore and aviation industries. Ysabelle, having a background in litigation, has represented both claimants and respondents in employment tribunals across the UK, from breach of contract claims through to complex discrimination claims.
Lesley Rennie
Senior Employment Solicitor | Aberdeen
Lesley gained her LLB (Hons) and Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Aberdeen, qualifiying as a solicitor in May 2011. During her legal traineeship, Lesley developed an early interest in employment law and continued to specialise in this upon qualification. Lesley trained and spent her first years post qualification at a well-regarded Aberdeen firm, with her work being primarily employer led with a focus on offshore oil and gas and marine clients enabling her to gain considerable experience in dealing with jurisdictional, marine and expatriate employment issues. Lesley thereafter moved to Law at Work Empire in the Summer of 2013. With experience across a wealth of sectors, including retail, oil and gas, marine, care, construction and agriculture and a keen eye for detail, Lesley provides strategic and pragmatic advice on a breadth of employment law matters including niche areas such as employment status, restrictive covenant agreements, employee data protection issues and the employment law considerations in mergers and acquisitions.
Kirstie Beattie
Senior Employment Solicitor | Glasgow
Kirstie had a keen interest in employment law from early on in her degree and attended LAW as a work experience student whilst at university. After graduating with a first class Honours and writing a dissertation on Shared Parental Leave, Kirstie officially joined LAW as a trainee solicitor back in 2015. During her traineeship Kirstie gained a wealth of experience in dealing with clients across various sectors and was responsible for a number of tribunals involving unfair dismissal, race discrimination and TUPE. Kirstie stuck around after her traineeship and has developed a keen interest in large-scale transactions involving TUPE and collective consultation, as well as complex discrimination cases. In August 2019 Kirstie was promoted to the role of Senior Employment Solicitor to reflect her contribution to the team so far.
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Sophie Macphail
Senior Employment Solicitor | Edinburgh
Following the completion of an MA in history, Sophie took her keen interest of problem solving and analysing evidence to the study of law and completed her LLB at the University of Glasgow in 2009.  After spending some time travelling and working for a human rights charity, she returned to Scotland to undergo her legal traineeship at a national law firm in 2012, qualifying in 2014. Sophie joined LAW in 2016 having gained experience of working with a wide variety of clients including large corporations, small business, charities, housing associations and individuals. She has a keen interest in disciplinary issues, business re-organisations and absence management.
Ed McFarlane
Litigator | Gateshead
Ed has over 14 years’ experience in employment tribunal representation, and has previously worked for an employers’ association representing employers during negotiations with trade unions. He has also appeared in the Employment Appeal Tribunal arguing the law before High Court judges. Prior to studying law, he was a geneticist, and outside of work he’s an outdoorsman, enjoying country walks, kayaking and observing wildlife.
Samantha Mackie
Employment Solicitor | Edinburgh
Sammi gained her LLB and Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh. After obtaining her TEFL she taught English to underprivileged children in Cambodia, Vietnam and Peru. Her charity work has seen her climb mountains for disabled children, provide rice drops in Slums and visit the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Outside of the office, Sammi is a fitness instructor and enjoys convincing the team to take her Body Pump and Dance classes. She completed her traineeship in Immigration Law, first assisting families of the Grenfell Tower fire. She then developed expertise advising European workers in light of Brexit, subsequently transferring her experience of managing complex advice cases to the LAW team. Sammi speaks at the LAW Employment Law updates and creates client friendly content for our E-Learning modules and monthly Lawmails and can assist with Right to Work and Sponsorship queries and has interests in resolving sensitive discrimination and capability issues. Sammi operates a 'no question too small to give me a call' motto with clients and strives to bring a human touch to difficult employment issues in the workplace.
Ben Brown
Employment Solicitor | Glasgow
Ben completed his undergraduate degree and Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Strathclyde. Alongside many other LAW colleagues, whilst completing his degree he volunteered at the Strathclyde Law Clinic assisting and representing on various issues, including at Employment Tribunals. Ben commenced his traineeship with LAW in 2018 and qualified in 2020. He has become a mainstay of the team and uses his skills to advise clients on complex matters as well as appearing in the Employment Tribunals throughout the U.K. Ben also has a passion for music playing a variety of instruments alongside being an active member in the Young Farmers movement.
Scott O'Connor
Employment Solicitor | Glasgow
Scott traded in his tools and overalls for books and suits when he embarked upon a career change from engineering to law. He studied his undergraduate degree and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Strathclyde. During his time at university he volunteered at the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic and represented clients on various legal issues. Like most of the team, Scott joined LAW as a trainee and qualified in 2020. Keen to get to the heart of the matter, he has developed his skills to provide clients with practical, commercial advice on complex employment issues. He has also represented clients in the Employment Tribunal across the U.K. Outside of work, Scott can usually be found on a football pitch either coaching or supporting his three football daft sons playing with their respective teams.
Jenny Brunton
Employment Solicitor | Edinburgh
Jenny completed her LLB at the University of Aberdeen and went on to complete her DPLP at the University of Glasgow. Jenny spent the first year of her traineeship with the Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet, where she worked closely with a suite of charity clients advising on governance issues and succession planning. Jenny came to LAW with a keen interest in Employment Law. Throughout university Jenny volunteered for the CAB and Shelter Scotland. Jenny continues to pursue her interest in the third sector, as a member of children’s charity Trefoil House and Disability Snow Sport UK.
Kenzie Howard
Trainee Employment Solicitor | Edinburgh
Kenzie obtained her LLB and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice from the University of Edinburgh. During her time at university, she volunteered for the Scottish Child Law Centre and Citizens Advice Bureau before settling on employment law as an area of interest. Kenzie worked as a Student Advisor for the University of Edinburgh Free Legal Advice Centre, where she provided legal advice to members of the Edinburgh community on a variety of issues and disputes. She has an interest in ADR and mediation. As a trainee solicitor, Kenzie is keen to learn more about employment law in an everyday context. She is looking forward to delivering practical and useful advice to LAW’s clients.
Erin Moncur
Trainee Employment Solicitor | Glasgow
Erin completed her LLB and DPLP at the University of Glasgow. Prior to completing her DPLP, Erin took two years out to travel around South East Asia, China and Australia and obtained an LLM in Criminal Justice at the University of Strathclyde. During her studies, Erin volunteered for Rape Crisis Scotland and the Citizens Advice Bureau where she gained valuable experience in dealing empathetically with complex issues. Erin developed a keen interest in Employment Law throughout University, particularly in the area of discrimination. As a trainee solicitor she is looking forward to getting to know LAW’s clients and to utilise the knowledge she has gained throughout her studies to advise clients on their employment issues.
Lorna Gemmell
EL & HR Training Manager | Glasgow
Some trainers have a flare for delivery; others have the technical knowledge to ensure that the important messages delivered are completely accurate. Over a decade of hands-on advisory and tribunal experience as a qualified employment lawyer coupled with more than five years’ experience as a dedicated trainer means that Lorna is able to deliver both. Lorna plans and delivers our popular programme of public training events ranging from our bi-annual free employment law updates through to special events and conferences. Lorna also works with organisations to prepare and deliver bespoke and engaging in-house management training programmes tailored to meet the organisation’s objectives. Lorna is frequently complimented for her engaging and informal delivery style and her ability to respond quickly and accurately to delegate questions. Lorna is curious by nature and enjoys getting to know the people and organisations that she works with. Watch what you tell her though or you may find it re-hashed in to a case study at her next training session!
Donna Gibb
Head of Client Services | Aberdeen
Having joined the company in 2005, Donna was a Director of Empire prior to the acquisition by LAW in 2018. Donna has helped develop and lead the growth of all service lines and has over 20 years’ experience of advising and guiding clients on all HR and employment law matters. Accustomed to leading the design, development and implementation of appropriate people strategies, policies and procedures within the framework of the relevant business context, she is an experienced Consultant who has applied her 20 years’ experience and knowledge to the design and delivery of our Advisory and Consultancy Services.
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Roz Wood
Head of HR Consultancy | Glasgow
Roz heads up the HR consultancy team at LAW. She has more than 30 years’ experience working as a generalist HR professional, including six years as HR Director for a large well-known London retail group. Roz has been responsible for managing the HR aspect of MBOs; company flotation on the stock market; new store openings; HR strategy; devising and implementing reward and remuneration strategies; changing management programmes; staff re-profiling; performance management and succession planning. Roz was a founding director of Square Circle HR where she was involved in all aspects of the business, giving her a keen insight for challenges facing companies today.
Sarah Hyland
Head of HR Consulting | London
Sarah oversees our London team of talented HR Business Partners as well as the development of our wider consulting team. Sarah also looks after her own portfolio of clients. Sarah joined LAW in 2014 and during this time she provided consulting insight and in-sourced support to clients across a range of industries ranging from Financial Services to Advertising through to Property and the 3rd Sector. She possesses a detailed and analytical understanding of Human Resources coupled with a strong ability to assess strategic options while understanding and negotiating commercial outcomes.
Stephanie Robinson
Head of HR Consultancy East | Edinburgh
Stephanie joined LAW in February 2020 after she sold Solve HR, which she founded in 2011, to LAW and the Marlowe Group. Stephanie is a HR professional with a Masters in HR specialising in Employment Law. Stephanie is highly pragmatic with a deep commercial understanding of business needs and is especially proficient at balancing employment legislation and HR best practice to achieve the best client solutions. In nine years of advising over 500 clients she had never lost an employment tribunal claim. Stephanie’s focus is delivering full service HR solutions to clients, from recruitment and on-boarding, to day-to-day comms and employee management, policy and employment contract creation Stephanie remains focused on solving client’s HR problems.
Elaine Kirby
Operations Director | Gateshead
Elaine is our Operations Director, based in our Gateshead office. She has developed long-term partnerships with our clients so we can help them as much as possible. She advises business owners and managers on complex matters, such as employee relations, organisational design, commercial risk management, and strategy development. Elaine is highly experienced in HR, having worked in the retail, construction, service provision and hospitality sectors. In a former life she worked as a senior operations manager at The Co-operative Group, so is particularly at home at developing HR solutions from a client’s perspective. This experience is invaluable when dealing with potentially sensitive scenarios, such as TUPE, redundancy and restructuring. Outside of work, Elaine embraces the great outdoors through family outings, gardening, and walking.
Catherine Wilson
HR Service Manager | Aberdeen
Catherine manages the HR team in Aberdeen. She graduated in Business Studies and after a varied career working in retail, publishing and small business advice, made the decision to move into law. She completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2006 and after a period working as the Employment Specialist for the local CAB, in 2008 joined Empire (acquired by LAW in 2018). Catherine has a wealth of experience working with a wide variety of clients in a range of sectors and advising on the full range of employment law issues. Catherine’s diverse background allows her to think commercially and come up with practical solutions for clients. She has a particular interest in disciplinary, grievance and medical capability cases, and previously trained in mediation.
Jill Hosie
Senior HR Consultant | Aberdeen
Jill began her career using her qualifications in Art & Design to work as a Window Display Artist and Graphic Designer and then somehow moved on to work in HR managerial roles in the private sector for a period of 14 years, and for a short time period of time, ran her own consultancy company before joining Empire HR as an in-house Consultant supporting clients externally. After a career break of 10 years, Jill rejoined the company in her current role in October 2011. She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD with lots of commercial experience and in handling complex employment relation issues. Jill carries out a diverse range of activities within the challenges of HR and enjoys the variety of working with both small and larger clients, tailoring the advice to suit. Consultancy projects currently include the in-house support of one of our clients, working in house one day per week for the past four years, during this time becoming part of their in-house team.
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Caroline Clements
Senior HR Consultant | Glasgow
Caroline is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has over 20 years’ experience as a qualified HR and employment law expert. She has extensive experience from working as a recruitment consultant, through to specialist HR roles in organisations as diverse as retail, the BBC and Glasgow School of Art. She has also spent time working for a national HR and employment law provider. Her expertise includes the facilitated delivery of numerous change projects and large scale re-organisations including job evaluation and re-grading for a range of clients. Caroline enjoys working in close partnership with a diverse client base to provide commercially-focused strategic HR support.
Emma Dunning
HR Business Partner | London
Emma joined Nestor as an HR Business Partner and brought with her almost 14 years as an HR practitioner. Emma works closely with clients to understand their challenges and how best LAW can help to develop effective people strategies. Emma has strong business acumen, understands the importance of human capital to any business and works tirelessly to align these assets in developing business strategies with her clients. Prior to joining LAW, Emma gained experience in a variety of sectors including professional services, public sector and FMCG. Emma has a particular interest in Employee Relations and the interpretation of new legislation.
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Mary McGeady
Senior HR Consultant | Glasgow
With more than 25 years of experience in employment law and HR consultancy, and with a passion for employee relations, Mary has a wealth of expertise across many industry sectors, including insurance and banking. She graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a PgDip in HR Management and she is a Chartered Member of CIPD. Mary takes a strategic approach to provide solutions; her recent projects include recruitment; employment documentation; job evaluation; managing performance; restructuring; redundancy, disciplinary, grievance, conflict resolution; absence management, pay benchmarking; management training and coaching.
Tracey Burke
Lead HR Business Partner | Edinburgh
Tracey joined the LAW team in February 2020 after the integration of Solve HR into LAW as a Lead Business Partner. Tracey, has worked in HR and recruitment for over 20 years. As well as providing clients with all forms of generalist HR advice and support, Tracey also handles vacancy management, soliciting the best CV’s in the market, interviewing and assessments. Tracey joined the team in May 2013 and was able to translate her large organisational experience to the challenges faced by small and medium sized businesses and Tracey thrives in supporting businesses find appropriate HR and recruitment solutions.
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Lilias Bennie
Senior HR Consultant | Glasgow
Lilias moved into consultancy after 20 years working in HR managerial roles in the private sector, including several years in senior HR at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. She’s a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has a paralegal qualification in employment law from the University of Strathclyde, which means she’s ideally placed to handle complex employment relations issues. Lilias enjoys the diverse range of activities working in a consultancy; some of her projects have included recruitment and retention; training & development; coaching; policy development and harmonising terms and conditions of employment.
Charlotte (Charlie) Anderson
HR Business Partner | London
Charlie is an accomplished HR Business Partner with nearly a decade of experience gained during her career with leading FMCG companies and then more latterly with LAW. Charlie works across sectors including creative and media, political, charitable and technology, to name a few. By combining best practice, pragmatism and a commercial focus, Charlie ensures clients get the best possible outcomes. As a senior consultant and HR Business Partner, Charlie has designed and led numerous consulting engagements solving complex organisational, people and performance issues. As a natural strategic thinker, Charlie has extensive experience in employee relations and organisational design, guiding clients on the legal and regulatory aspects of employment practices.
Vicky Johnson
Senior HR Consultant | Aberdeen
Vicky is a Chartered Member of the CIPD with more than 15 years of HR and employment law experience. Vicky has been involved in working within various industries including the oil & gas and construction sectors. Vicky has worked with the Company for the last eleven years and has supported a number of clients through difficult reorganisations, redundancies, disciplinaries and grievance issues, both in an Advisory and consultancy capacity, and has also supported clients onsite on an ongoing basis. She has a proven track record in employment law, interpreting legislation and delivering best practice solutions with commercial awareness to employment issues.
Laura Henderson
Senior HR Consultant | Aberdeen
A Chartered Member of the CIPD, with a Postgraduate Diploma in HR Management, Laura has 15 years’ experience in employment law and HR working with a range of clients in the public and private sector. Laura provides advice on all areas of HR and employment law including commercial solutions to work based problems. Laura enjoys the variety of working in a consultancy role.
Judith Byers
Senior HR Consultant | Aberdeen
Judith graduated from Edinburgh University with a BSc in Social Administration and she is a Chartered Member of CIPD. With more than 25 years of experience in employment law and HR consultancy in the retail and oil and gas industry sectors Judith joined the company 6 years ago. Throughout her career she has covered every aspect of the HR function from recruitment, training, auditing, employee relations, union negotiations, through to strategic policy formulation, compensation and benefits. Judith takes a pragmatic approach to providing solutions; her recent experience has focused on contractual documentation mixed with solving issues around employee relations, grievance and disciplinary problems, as well as company re-structuring and redundancies. Judith also enjoys delivering training and devising bespoke training to address client needs.
Susie Lockhart
Senior Employment Solicitor | Aberdeen
Susie started her career working in finance using her French language skills. She went on to do a law degree and completed her traineeship in a commercial firm working between the Glasgow/ Edinburgh Offices. Having moved to Aberdeen in 2008 she specialised in Employment Law and has worked with a diverse range of clients which has enable her to gain experience in all areas of employment law including TUPE and complex discrimination claims. She enjoys working with clients to find a solution that works for them.
Sallyanne Williamson
Senior HR Consultant | Aberdeen
Sallyanne has over 20 years’ experience working as an HR generalist and has gained her diverse range of experience across various industry sectors. Sallyanne graduated from London South Bank University with a BA honours degree and went on to achieve her post graduate HRM qualification from Robert Gordons University, she has been a chartered member of the CIPD for over 20 years. Sallyanne has been with the Company for over seven years and provides HR solution-based advice to her clients and supports several clients with weekly on site, HR management support. Sallyanne has delivered consultancy support for clients on, harmonising terms and conditions, TUPE consultation, performance management, redundancy, re-organisation, employee relation matters, disciplinary and grievance, HR audits Sallyanne particularly enjoys the close relationship built up with her clients which allows her to tailor her advice to their specific business requirements.
Lynn Lavelle
Senior HR Consultant | Glasgow
Lynn Lavelle studied for her LLM in Employment Law and Practice at Robert Gordon University while working full time and is a CIPD Fellow. She has more than 25 years’ experience in employment law and HR; 15 of those years specialising in HR Consultancy supporting organisations across a whole range of sectors. Her experience includes redundancy, TUPE, absence management, disciplinary and grievance procedures, working time, preparing settlement agreements and ACAS early conciliation. Lynn enjoys the variety of work that a consultancy role brings, and was drawn to LAW’s close relationships with our clients as it allows her a deeper understanding of the organisations she partners.
Ellen Lloyd
HR Business Partner | Edinburgh
Ellen is part of the HR team in Edinburgh, having joined the team in June 2019. Ellen has an extensive background in in-house HR management, including a decade as HRBP with a global bank. Ellen is a trusted HR advisor to LAW clients and their management teams, providing advice and guidance on all elements of HR policy and employee relations including; disciplinary, grievance, performance management & absence management.
Louise Irwin
Senior Employment Solicitor | Aberdeen
Louise completed her LLB in Law with Options in Economics and Legal Diploma at Aberdeen University and then later returned to Robert Gordons to complete a Masters in Employment Law with her dissertation focused on IR35. Louise has a particular interest in non-contentious employment law and has a passion for the law relating to employee status. Louise qualified in 2004, and apart from taking a year out to travel to South America, has worked in employment law ever since.
Linda Clarkson
Senior HR Consultant | Aberdeen
Linda is an Associate Member of the CIPD with a Postgraduate Diploma in HRM and has over 15 years experience in dealing with HR and Employment Law matters in private companies, including spells working in the oil industry. Linda has experience in a wide range of topics including disciplinary, grievance, redundancy, consulting in changes to terms and conditions, performance and absence issues. She enjoys the diverse nature of the role and that you never know what each day will bring….
Robyn O'Donoghue
HR Consultant | Aberdeen
Robyn is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, with over 8 years of generalist HR experience. Graduating from the University of Aberdeen with a Masters Degree in Management Studies, and further completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, her technical experience is coupled with a strong academic understanding in HR and Employment Law. With a background in the Hospitality Sector before joining LAW, she has enjoyed diverse exposure to a wide range of HR practices. This has included, but not limited to; disciplinary, grievance, redundancy, TUPE and performance management. Robyn prides herself on being able to balance the necessity of HR with the requirements of a business, to ensure that the advice given is always commercially aware and tailored to each individual client.
Marysia Popow
HR Consultant | London
In her capacity as an HR Advisor, Marysia supports and advises a wide and varied portfolio of clients. Marysia started her career with a leading children’s charity where she gained invaluable experience in the third sector. At LAW, Marysia split her time between one of their largest clients in Financial Services, as well as her wider portfolio. As a passionate HR professional, Marysia has expertise across the full human resources function including, recruitment, onboarding, performance management and employee engagement programs.
Louise Harvey
HR Consultant | London
Louise joined LAW in 2019 as they continued to expand their team of HR professionals. Louise joins a dedicated team offering advice and support to a diverse client portfolio. Following her graduation, Louise was successful in joining the People graduate scheme at Tesco PLC. During her 3 years at Tesco, she completed several placements in various HR roles across the business. These included being part of the UK's largest HR transformation programme Change and Insight team; as well as the Finance and Legal business partnering team.
Victoria Palmer
HR Consultant | London
During her degree, Vicky worked as an HR Intern at Oracle Corporation. Throughout her placement she provided administrative support to over 4,500 employees working in the UK, as well as leading and being involved in a number of strategic HR projects. Since graduating in July 2018, Vicky has chose to join LAW to both widen and deepen her range of HR knowledge and experience. She currently provides administrative support and advice to one of our largest clients, as well as advising upon issues across the wider portfolio.
Alina Stoian
HR Consultant | London
Alina joined the team in 2019 and joins a growing team of HR professionals. Alina has been working in the HR field for over 5 years and supports clients across many sectors. Originally from Romania, Alina studied for her BA in Banking & Finance and Foreign Languages, including French and Spanish before moving to the UK. Much of her early career was in the Health Care industry, where she gained a wide range of skills and knowledge - particularly in recruitment, onboarding and pre-employment checks. Alina has also worked as an HR Assistant for one of the biggest Food Manufacturing Companies in the UK, supporting more than 1000 employees. Her role included managing the entire absence process, the employees complete life-cycle as well as leading several projects designed to increase employee retention and wellbeing at work.
Hannah Khan
HR Consultant | London
Hannah joined LAW in 2017 as an HR assistant. As part of a dedicated team, she provides HR support and advice to one of our largest clients. Hannah supports in the provision of a complete outsourced HR service in respect of recruitment, employee relations and performance management. Hannah also advises across a diverse portfolio including media, political, charitable and technology sectors.
Poppy Saccomani
Associate HR Business Partner | London
Poppy is an Associate HR Business Partner at LAW with 20 years’ senior HR experience across companies within professional services, retail and media industries. She brings together her management experience and knowledge of HR for the benefit of LAW's clients. Poppy partners with businesses to work closely with board and management levels, providing practical, pragmatic support and guidance on effective management of people and change. She has a strong focus on business budget, goals and ambitions to enable them to drive people forward. Poppy has extensive experience in creating and sustaining a healthy, engaging and rewarding culture for employees using a range of initiatives and full support for line managers.
Aine O’Donnell
HR Consultant | London
Aine joined LAW in 2019 and spent 3 years gaining her Human Resource Management degree. Alongside her studies, Aine has over 5 years’ experience as an administrative assistant at a large school here in London. Her role involved aspects of both business administration and HR-related tasks. With extensive admin and business operations experience, Aine greatly adds to the operational side of the business whilst she continues to develop and expand her technical HR knowledge. Aine works across the whole client portfolio in support of the wider HR At Work team.
Angela Black
HR Business Partner | Edinburgh
Angela regularly assists in the management of large-scale HR projects, mainly working to a project timeline on the creation of a new HR Service, HR system implementation or TUPE transfer. Angela has worked in both the public and private sector and her career started with the Scottish Prison Service, in various HR Administrative and Project roles. Latterly working with Iron Mountain, a global data management company, as a HR Team Leader within their HR Shared Service Centre. Angela has considerable experience of advising on employee relations issues including, redundancy scenarios, investigations, disciplinaries and grievances and short service dismissals. Angela works quickly and ensures key deliverables are met.
Sam Adams
Assistant Team Leader | Gateshead
Sam holds the Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Development, the CIPD Level 7, and has had previous roles in retail management and HR. Her specialist skills are creating and developing bespoke contracts, handbooks and policies, and providing generalist HR advice and guidance. Outside of work Sam loves spending time with family, reading, and watching box sets.
Rosie Kennedy
Team Leader | Gateshead
Rosie joined the Deminos team in 2014 following a previous role in recruitment, and holds the CIPD Certificate in HR Practice. Her strengths include creating and developing bespoke employment contracts, staff handbooks, and implementing HR policies by working with managers to see what suits their organisation best. Over her time with Deminos she has gained experience with a wide range of sectors and complex HR issues. Rosie likes keeping fit and healthy, spending time with family, cooking, and trying to see new places around the world as often as she can.
Ron Smith
HR Advisor | Gateshead
Ron’s experience in HR is second to none, with 35 years’ HR experience at a variety of levels in several sectors, such as health (North East Ambulance Service), education (Newcastle College), and housing (Your Homes Newcastle). Ron’s many strengths include employee and trade union relations, and handling change management. He also has 18 years of experience as a lay member of employment tribunal panels, so knows the process inside out. Ron is also a long-suffering Newcastle United fan, but luckily he has other interests such as his family, golf and travel to take his mind off that.
Louise Foster
HR Advisor | Gateshead
Louise has seven years’ experience in HR, five of which were spent working with a Housing Association. She specialises in employee contracts, handbooks and drafting company policies. Louise is also quite the artist, enjoying drawing, painting and travel.
Lisa Moon
Team Leader | Gateshead
Lisa has seven years’ experience in HR after graduating from the University of Sunderland with first class honours in Business and Human Resource Management. She has worked in both public and private sectors, including roles in the NHS and several HR outsourcing companies. Lisa specialises in employment relations, and works to find solutions to complex HR issues such as redundancy, recruitment and payroll. When not at work, Lisa enjoys travelling and trying different cuisine from around the world. She’s also a big fan of films and box sets.
Jenny Stanley
Team Leader | Gateshead
Jenny has worked for Deminos for six years. Having graduated from Northumbria University and previously worked at Teesside University Students’ Union, she’s advised a range of clients from different sectors and is a specialist when it comes to handling redundancies and complex disciplinary and grievance procedures. Jenny enjoys travelling, spending time with friends and family, and until recently was training for the Great North Run.
Bev Harrison
HR Advisor | Gateshead
Bev graduated from the University of Northumbria with a Higher National Diploma in Business and Finance and Personnel/Resource Management, and also holds the CIPD level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. She has over 23 years management experience, 19 of which were spent in various senior HR roles within the retail sector and most recently working for the NHS. Outside of work Bev loves to spend quality time with her husband Paul and two daughters, Annie and Sophie. She also loves to socialise with friends and family as often as she can and likes to keep (reasonably) fit by attending weekly Body Combat sessions!
Luiza Robson
HR Advisor | Gateshead
Adele Morgan
HR Advisor | Gateshead
Adele graduated from Durham University with a degree in Business Studies, and also holds the CIPD Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. She has six years HR experience, four of which were spent in the manufacturing industry and specialises in employee contracts, employee handbooks and policies. Outside of work Adele enjoys spending time with her little boy and friends and family, going to the gym, and watching a good box set.
Sita Anand
Assistant Team Leader | Gateshead
Sita has 10 years’ experience advising both employers and employees on HR and employment law. Due to her extensive knowledge of the employment tribunal process, she knows what can lead to a potential claim and can help clients avoid becoming involved in a tribunal. She also has the ability to process complex disciplinary cases and grievances. Sita has an interest in interior design, and dreams of building her own house one day. She also loves watching box sets (mainly political thrillers) and spending time with family and friends.
Laura Mackay
HR Consultant | Glasgow
Laura studied at Strathclyde Business School where she achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Human Resource Management. In her third year of University, Laura completed an internship and summer placement as a HR and Marketing Assistant with Square Circle HR Ltd. After working in the automotive industry as a HR Assistant for over a year, Laura joined LAW as a HR Advisor to continue her career as a HR professional. Laura continues to build her client portfolio and has experience in a wide variety of employee relations issues. She continues to gain extensive knowledge and experience in the field of HR consultancy.
Courtney Allan
HR Consultant | Aberdeen
Courtney has an MSc in Human Resources Management from Robert Gordon University, following an undergraduate degree in Management with Human Resources. She has more than 5 years’ experience in human resources working within the Oil and Gas industry, her experience includes but not limited to, redundancy, TUPE, absence management, Disciplinary and Grievance matters, as well as being commercially aware. Courtney enjoys the diversity of the work that the LAW provides, and enjoys working with the variety of clients, to understand their organisations to allow her to provide support with all HR related matters.
Matthew Hutchison
HR Consultant | Aberdeen
Matthew completed his MA in Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen. After a year travelling he undertook an MSc in Human Resource Management at the Robert Gordon University before starting at Law At Work. Through his experience advising clients on a range of issues, he has developed an appetite for employee relations. In 2019, Matthew achieved a Masters in Employment Law from the University of Leicester, graduating with Merit.
Tracey Craik
HR Team Administrator East | Edinburgh
Tracey joined the team in summer of 2019, following a long career with one of the largest distribution companies in the UK. Tracey supports the team with all areas of clients service, and is a key factor in our efficient operation and delivery of excellent client experience.
Eilidh McKay
HR Assistant | Gateshead
Eilidh joined Deminos after graduating from the University of Strathclyde in 2018 with a masters degree in Human Resource Management, and holds a Level 7 CIPD accredition. Eilidh is an integral part of the HR team as the first point of contact for all clients and is responsible for the development of Employee Handbooks and Contracts of Employment. In her spare time, Eilidh enjoys spending time with family and friends and walking her dog at the beach.
Chris Heselwood
HR Assistant | Gateshead
Chris joined Deminos in an administration role before rapidly gaining promotion as an HR Assistant, drawing on his six years in the industry. Within HR, Chris specialises in handling redundancies and compiling employee contracts and handbooks. He’s also a self-confessed jack of all trades, with skills ranging from IT to accounting. Chris is something of an action man outside of work, as a keen mountain biker, cricketer, rugby player, golfer, drummer and guitarist. He’s also an expert at – in his own words – “increasing team morale”.
Douglas Cameron
Head of Safety Services | Glasgow
Douglas started his career as an Environmental Health Officer enforcing food and safety legislation. He then joined the Health and Safety Executive, as the first EHO seconded for his expertise in the catering and food manufacturing industries. After leaving HSE, Douglas worked large FTSE companies as Head of Safety both in the UK and internationally including care homes, hotels, student accommodation, events, logistics, distribution, retail and leisure. A Chartered Member of IOSH, he specialises in auditing, creating best work practices, client specific project work, training and coaching for workplace safety, fire prevention, food safety, security and environmental management. Douglas joined LAW as Head of Health & Safety in 2015.
Lee Craig
Health & Safety Manager | Glasgow
Lee worked in local government in the Civil Contingency Planning field before moving into health and safety in 2003. In her safety role, she was responsible for developing, implementing and delivering health and safety policies - including consultation with trade union representatives. Lee moved to consultancy in 2012, where she supported a portfolio of clients in retail, care, warehousing, hospitality and leisure. A Chartered Member of IOSH with a PgC in Safety and Risk Management, she has a wealth of experience including crisis management and business continuity; corporate risk management; construction, work related stress, lone working; violence at work and asbestos management.
Matthew Ramsey
Health & Safety Manager | Edinburgh
Matthew joined LAW in 2016, after eight years as an inspector with the Health and Safety Executive in Scotland. Given his broad remit within the HSE, Matthew has a breadth and depth of experience across most industries and situations, including construction and the control of major accident hazards. Matthew was attracted to LAW’s proactive and supportive approach to health & safety, and the quality of our service compared to off the shelf solutions which he experienced during his time with the HSE. As a Chartered Member of IOSH, he brings valuable enforcement insight to our clients and the LAW team.
Peter Bleeze
Health & Safety Manager | Edinburgh
Peter is an experienced training and development safety consultant. He has a huge range of knowledge and experience, having worked in a Manufacturing Environment. NEBOSH Diploma qualified, a Chartered Member of IOSH and an HSE OSHCR registered consultant. He enjoys being a lead trainer in delivering both IOSH and NEBOSH training courses. Peter joined Law At Work in 2020
Michelle Sneyd
Health & Safety Manager | Edinburgh
Michelle began her career in health and safety in 1993 with roles in manufacturing & engineering, where she specialised in hazardous substances. In 2000, Michelle extended her role into wider risk management areas including construction, fire safety, and Legionella management. A Chartered Member of IOSH with an MSc in Risk Management & Safety Technology, she has a wealth of experience across a range of sectors, including agriculture & care. Her specialisms include CoSHH, technical fire safety, construction, lone working and violence at work.
Elaine Masson
Lead HR Consultant | Aberdeen
Elaine is an experienced HR consultant with a proven track record in delivering engaging and cost effective mental health awareness training to clients. Elaine’s career history reflects substantial experience in employment law and people management practice, with HR roles across local government, a major food retailer, oil service company and a large accountancy firm. Through her interest in employee wellbeing, Elaine has developed mental health awareness training for clients and is a recognized Scottish Mental Health First Aid trainer. Elaine is a Chartered Fellow of the C.I.P.D and a registered workplace mediator.
Trevor Cooke
SHEQ Manager | Aberdeen
Trevor is a Senior Safety, Health, Environmental & Quality Professional, with a high commercial acumen complemented by first class strategic and operational experience and project management with a high level of knowledge in drafting, implementing and managing Quality/ EHS systems & programmes. Trevor is a certified ISO lead auditor with experience of leading and participating in global audit programmes within high-end manufacturing operations including oil & gas, aerospace, transport and logistics and multi-site operations. Trevor has an NVQ Level 4 in Occupational Safety and Health, NEBOSH General Certificate (distinction), a qualified lead accident investigator, lead ISO Lead auditor and a registered safety practitioner.
Steven Smith
Marketing Director | Edinburgh
Steven has a joint honours degree in marketing and economics from Strathclyde Business School, and a Masters in Employment Law from RGU. With experience of working with marketing agencies in the UK and US, Steven joined LAW in 2010 as our first business development graduate. His team is responsible for all areas of marketing and client management.
Alexander Hunt
Marketing Coordinator | Edinburgh
Alex joined LAW in October 2019 after graduating from The University of Stirling with a BA in Marketing and Psychology earlier in the year. Alex’s previous marketing experience stems from a summer internship turned job, in which he worked in tandem to his final year of university and dissertation. In this role, Alex was solely responsible for the marketing in a Virtual Biobank in the life science sector. After wanting a change from selling human tissue Alex has found himself in LAW’s Client Management team, ready to aid in taking the company’s client coordination and marketing to the next level.
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Zoe Mackenzie
Marketing Analyst | Edinburgh
Zoe joined the LAW team in 2016 looking for a new challenge. She completed her honours degree in Costume Design and Construction in 2010, during which she delighted in the amazing world of theatre and the world behind the curtain. After graduation, a move into high-end retail gained her valuable management experience and insight into the rigorous demands of excellent customer service. Zoe works closely with our service delivery team to continually enhance our service, and is a key point of contact for all of our clients.
Pamela Keith
Client Manager | Aberdeen
Prior to joining the team in 2015, Pamela enjoyed 25 years in the retail sector in operational management at senior executive and director level. Her breadth of experience has equipped her with a strong understanding of business challenges, enabling her to provide support and add significant value to LAW’s client relationships. As a former client of LAW, Pamela also has a unique appreciation of customer requirements and expectations!
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Suzanne Blair
Client Manager | Glasgow
Suzanne joined LAW in early 2016 when she moved back home to Scotland, having lived in England for 20 years. With a strong background in sales and customer relations, she’s worked for a variety of different businesses – from hospitality and leisure venues, to insurance providers and global brands such as Coca-Cola. Her experience has given her an expert insight into how different companies are run and organised. Suzanne joined the Client Management team in 2018, where she uses her real passion for client care and the tailored LAW approach to ensure clients always get exactly what they need from the service.
Jamie McLaren
Client Manager | Edinburgh
After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 2018, Jamie had the opportunity to work with HR & recruitment teams from various sectors and backgrounds across the UK. These experiences have given him a strong understanding and passion for the recruitment, HR & health & safety world.
Kate Truby
Client Manager | Edinburgh
Before joining the LAW team in 2020, Kate spent over 15 years in client management and sales, leading and mentoring teams around the world in business growth and customer experience. From working on luxury cruise liners to heading up a team offering global experiential leadership expeditions, she understands real-world business challenges and is committed to service excellence.
Gill Whyte
Business Development Manager | Aberdeen
With a decade of experience in employment law, HR and health & safety consultancy, Gill’s friendly and helpful personality shines through from the off. Her knowledge of industries across the board is second to none, making her an ideal point of contact for prospective LAW clients in the northeast of Scotland.
David Shepherd
Business Development Executive | Glasgow
David joined LAW in August 2019 with over 15 years sales experience spanning retail management, facilitation and for the past 3 years B2B. He has experience in the Employment Law/HR/H&S market place and applies a keen business acumen with consultative approach to prospective clients. You will often see David at events or catch him on the phone engaging with people and introducing the services LAW can provide.
Kris O'Neil
Business Development Executive | Edinburgh
Kris joined LAW in August 2019 from FirstPoint USA, where he brokered scholarship deals for prospective student athletes to Colleges in America. Kris’s background mainly lies in the sporting industry having played and coached professional Football. He has also worked with Aegon UK as well as Northern Gas Networks, and is looking forward to the new challenges that LAW represents for him, in a thriving reputable organisation