Solicitor, Employment and Education Team
- LLB (Hons)
Areas of practice
- Employment Law
- Education Law
- FOI/Data Protection
Hayley studied her law degree at the University of Sussex. Following her graduation she undertook the Legal Practice Course ("LPC") in 2007 at the College of Law London which she passed with Commendation. Whilst at Law School Hayley volunteered as a Legal Adviser for the internal Law Clinic providing employment law advice on a pro bono basis.
Following completion of her LPC Hayley joined the Crown Prosecution Service in Essex where she worked as an Associate Prosecutor in the various Magistrates' courts across Essex. During this time Hayley also volunteered as a Legal Adviser at the Citizens Advice Bureau.
In 2010 Hayley commenced her training contract with a large and well established regional firm in Essex. During her training contract Hayley spent a significant amount of time in the Employment and Civil/Commercial Litigation Department. Following a particular interest in employment law she then qualified into the Employment Law department.
During her time in private practice Hayley had the opportunity to act for both employers and employees. As a result Hayley has had exposure to a range of contentious and non-contentious issues to include defending claims against small to medium sized businesses including not for profit organisations in relation to all employment matters, including unlawful deduction of wages, unfair dismissal, and discrimination claims. Hayley also undertook the drafting of employer policies and procedures, advising on the implementation and management of disciplinary, grievance and absence management procedures, along with the planning and implementation of redundancy projects, and advising on the implications and application of TUPE. During this time Hayley was described as a 'rising star' by the Head of the Employment Department in a large regional Chambers as a result of her work during a complex disability discrimination, and whistleblowing claim.
Hayley joined the Employment and Education team in February 2015. Since this time Hayley has thrown herself into team life and has advised on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues for both KCC and schools alike, she has drafted a number of settlement agreements, and acted as an adviser to disciplinary appeal panels.