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Fiona Powell

Senior Associate

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"I have been supported by Freeths' legal team, from both their Leicester and Nottingham offices, with our employment law matters and advice for more than 6 years as at 2017. I have always found them to be contactable (important for those occasions you need an answer quickly), thorough in their approach and quick to understand the issue. I trust their advice and guidance and have built up a strong, professional relationship with key members of their team."


Fiona is an experienced employment specialist and acts for a diverse range of clients including those in the retail, charities and manufacturing sectors. Fiona advises on all elements of the employment relationship including business reorganisations, redundancies, strategic advice relating to exits, the TUPE Regulations, contracts of employment, employee handbooks and policies settlement agreements and manages all aspects of the Employment Tribunal litigation.

Legal Services

Employment

Cases

  • Providing commercial and practical advice to clients about how they can prepare for recent legislative changes including the Gender Pay Gap reporting obligations and employment related aspects of the General Data Protection Regulations.
  • Advising and supporting a number of organisations on redundancy and restructuring programmes, including TUPE issues and collective consultation.
  • Drafting employment contracts and employment policies and procedures tailored to specific businesses (of all sizes) and client requirements and updating clients in light of legislative changes.
  • Advising on and preparing all aspects of Employment Tribunal litigation for a number of clients and conducting all advocacy.
  • Advising on the drafting and enforceability of restrictive covenants and providing practical advice on the implications when an employee has acted in breach.
  • Providing focussed training sessions to a number of clients on various aspects of employment law in order to engage a productive workforce and minimise risk.
  • Advising on day-to day HR and employment issues, including handling capability and disciplinary issues, changes to employment terms and conditions and termination of employment.
  • Reviewing, updating and advising on changes to policies and procedures in light of legislative changes and business specific issues that have arisen.
  • Advising on the calculation of holiday pay for employees working overtime following recent cases.

 

Sectors

Retail

Cases

  • Providing commercial advice to a large multi-site retailer on day-to-day employment issues including advising on disciplinary and grievance processes and procedures, discrimination and harassment, pregnancy and maternity issues and termination of employment.
  • Managing all aspects of employment tribunal litigation, successfully negotiating numerous low commercial settlements and defending claims at the substantive hearing or by securing early strike out.
  • Advising on the TUPE implications of store acquisitions.
  • Training senior management on recent changes and trends in employment law.

Charities

Cases

  • Advising and supporting a charity on several restructuring programmes.
  • Advising on day-to-day HR and employment issues and providing policy and strategic advice.
  • Advising on contentious employment and HR matters involving allegations of discrimination, bullying, harassment and unfair dismissal.

 

To contact Fiona or for more information…

Call: 0845 272 5719
Fax: 0845 634 2595
Or email: Send an email

 

Memberships
  • Employment Lawyers Association

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