Gillian is an established practitioner specialising in all areas of employment law and property. Gillian was called to the bar in 1998. Gillian is a member of the both the Employment Law Bar Association and the Employment Lawyers Association as well as the Property Bar Association.
Gillian provides pragmatic advice and advocacy to a wide range of clients, from police forces to multi-national firms and local authorities. In court, Gillian has a quietly confident demeanour: she is tenacious and completely unflappable in achieving the best results for her client. Gillian is described by those instructing her as “I have seen Gill’s advocacy skills on a great number of occasions. Her greatest attribute is her ability to remain calm and unflustered, even when faced with the most confrontational opponent, allowing a clear delivery in court.”
Gillian is an Accredited Mediator and is qualified to take on Direct Public Access work.
Away from work, Gillian enjoys scuba diving, boxing, salsa and gin!
Gillian has a busy employment law practice in both advice and litigation and has been practising in employment law for 15 years. She appears regularly in Employment Tribunals throughout the United Kingdom and the Employment Appeal Tribunal on behalf of both claimants and respondents, although her practice is predominantly respondent-based. Her practice includes the whole range of employment issues, including TUPE, Working Time Regulations, and claims of unfair dismissal through to discrimination claims. She is also instructed in cases involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants in employment contracts in the High Court and discrimination claims arising out of the provision of services in the County Court. Gillian has a particular expertise in complex discrimination claims, with an emphasis on disability claims. In terms of her respondent work, Gillian is regularly instructed by police forces, local authorities and higher education bodies, including colleges schools and universities as well as public companies and small and medium sized business. In terms of her Claimant work, Gillian is regularly instructed by a well-known union and has been advising on claims for failure to inform and consult and on ongoing industrial relations issues and holiday pay issues. Gillian also assists in the ELAAS scheme in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Gillian deals efficiently and effectively with drafting pleadings and advices, and attends case management preliminary hearings, preliminary issues, applications, judicial mediation hearings, full merits hearings, remedy hearings, reconsiderations and appeals dealing with the following areas:
Gillian carries out training sessions, including seminars and mock tribunals, in-house for instructing solicitors as well as being involved in chambers’ seminar program. Recent seminars include: Whistle-blowing, an update in light of the recent cases of Osipov and Jhuti and Working 9-5, an update on employment status and the gig economy.
Gillian also regularly writes articles on employment-law related topics. Recent articles include: The “banter” defence, does it ever succeed? Life after Lockdown – is it safe to go back to work and how can staff return to work safely, looking at the Government Guidance on social distancing in the workplace against the back drop of employment law remedies for dealing with health and safety concerns arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Gillian has successfully appeared the following recent cases since 2018: