Hilary is a partner who joined the Employment Team on qualification in 2005, having completed a training contract with the firm. She acts for both public and private sector clients and advises on all aspects of employment law, from recruitment through to dismissal.
Her particular expertise lies in advising and defending clients in relation to claims for discrimination, including equal pay. In addition, she advises on the full range of employment issues, from executive terminations, to disciplinary and grievance matters, redundancy and managing ill-health absence. Hilary represents clients in relation to Employment Tribunal claims and provides strategic advice on disputes arising from contractual terms of employment.
As a member of the Public Services Team, a significant proportion of her time is spent advising local government, further education, schools and social housing clients. This includes advising on reorganisations and changing terms and conditions, and the industrial relations issues associated with these.
Hilary delivers training on the full range of employment issues, including bespoke packages developed specifically for the firm's clients. She regularly presents seminars and runs workshops, offering practical advice and guidance to employers on the employment law challenges which they face. She is also one of the team which has developed the firm’s services for in-house counsel.
Hilary is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, for which she is a committee member of the North East of England Branch.