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Employment Law

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

Head of Litigation | Glasgow
Paman heads up our litigation team at LAW and has been with us since starting his traineeship in 2015. Paman oversees the team’s work in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal, providing guidance and dealing with urgent issues as necessary. Paman also maintains a significant case load of his own and can routinely be found in Employment Tribunals around the U.K. Paman has built up an experience of dealing with cases for our clients and is attuned to identifying the key issues in any case. He replicates this in his advisory work and maintains a portfoilo of clients, who rely upon him for pragmatic, yet creative solutions. Paman is also a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Employment Law Committee and the Employment Lawyers Association’s Race and Equality Committee. And because that is not enough, Paman also tutors on the Unversity of Strathclyde’s Diploma in Legal Practice, for those about to embark upon a legal traineeship.

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 is an employment solicitor based in our Edinburgh office. She completed both her LLB and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh. Sammi's client portfolio includes employers operating in public services, agricultural, corporate and the hospitality sector. She provides support on all aspects of employment law through our advisory service and also in employment tribunal matters. Sammi is passionate about understanding our client's business to assist in reaching outcomes that accomodate their ways of working.Having completed her traineeship in Immigration Law, Sammi also supports LAW's clients with Right to Work and Sponsorship queries. Sammi often speaks at our Employment Law updates, delivers client training and is a member of our Corporate Responsibilty team. Her legal interests ouside of LAW include volunteering at the University of Edinburgh and Strathclyde's free legal advice services. In her free time Sammi is a fitness instructor and enjoys travelling.

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.

Zoe Kerr

Trainee Employment Solicitor | Glasgow
Zoe completed her LLB and Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Strathclyde, graduating with a First-Class degree in Law. Zoe developed a keen interest in Employment Law throughout University and through her position as an Adviser at her local Citizens Advice Bureau. During her studies, Zoe worked at the University of Strathclyde as a Student Tutor in Law and volunteered as a Student Mentor to students from areas of deprivation with a desire to study Law at university. Before joining Law At Work, Zoe gained legal experience in a small high-street law firm as a Legal Assistant. This enabled her to develop strong client-facing skills and build lasting relationships with clients - which is something that Zoe looks forward to at LAW. In her free time, Zoe likes swimming and is a member of Scottish Swimming. As well as this, Zoe is a keen hill-walker and enjoys going to the gym.

David Mitchell

Trainee Employment Solicitor | Aberdeen
David completed his LLB Honours and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Aberdeen. Prior to completing his DPLP after returning to full-time study as a mature student, for around 22 years David worked in a variety of roles in both the private and public sector, gaining valuable skills in a diverse range of roles and levels of responsibility. During his studies, David was employed as a Tutor at the University of Aberdeen, taking tutorials for first and second Year LLB students in subjects such as Administrative Law, Human Rights, Civil Liberties and UK Constitutional Law at the Law School. David developed a keen interest in Employment Law, particularly during his DPLP studies. As a trainee solicitor he is looking forward to getting to know LAW’s clients and utilising both the knowledge he has gained throughout his studies and his experience over more than two decades in the world of work to advise clients on their employment issues.

Reece Ashmore

Trainee Employment Solicitor | Glasgow
Reece graduated with a First Class Honours in Law (LLB Hons) at the University of Strathclyde in May 2018. During his studies, Reece developed a keen interest in employment law which is highlighted by his choice of dissertation topic which focused on the employment status classification issues faced by Uber, for which he achieved a mark of 80%. He also completed the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in Law at the University of Strathclyde in March 2019. Before starting his traineeship, Reece has been employed in a number of roles across a variety of different sectors, obtaining valuable skills and gaining exposure to different working practices and cultures. From working as a lifeguard and swimming instructor to being employed as a Covid Testing Operative. Outside of work, one of Reece’s favourite hobbies is running. In October 2016, he completed the Glasgow Half Marathon raising over £2,000 for Cancer Research UK. In the last couple of years, he has continued his fundraising efforts in raising over £1300 for Movember UK by attempting to grow a moustache and running 60km during the month of November.

Sarah Fairley

Trainee Employment Solicitor | Glasgow
Sarah obtained her LLB from the University of Strathclyde, where she won the Top Graduate Entry LLB Award and Best Student in Commercial Law, before completing her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh. During her LLB, Sarah developed a keen interest in employment law and became a student advisor at the Strathclyde Law Clinic, where she provided legal advice and represented clients on a variety of employment related matters. Before joining the legal profession, Sarah worked as a nurse, predominately in A&E and Health and Safety and has recently been assisting with the Covid-19 vaccination programme at the weekend. As a trainee solicitor, Sarah is keen to gain litigation experience within the tribunal. She is also looking forward to helping assist LAW’s clients and develop her employment law knowledge further.

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!
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