I advise employers on all aspects of employment law, but specialise in immigration too – which means I get passed plenty of queries about ‘right to work’ issues while also helping employers to obtain sponsor licences in order to allow them to recruit from outside the UK. This is getting more confusing, and important, with Brexit on the horizon so I hope to add extra value for ESPHR customers.
I trained in-house which was a fantastic experience and ignited my interest in all-things-employment – it is such a varied topic that you can never get bored. After moving into private practice, I continued working for employers and added immigration as a specialism. Over the past few years, I have broadened my immigration experience, and it was a natural move to join ESP Law and become part of a fantastically skilled team, while adding some of my own knowledge to the mix.
Having busy days! The time goes quickly when you have a lot of different enquiries to deal with and, because each situation is different, there is always something new to learn.
A really integrated service where the lawyers feel part of the in-house team and not simply a faceless service at the end of a phone.
Timpson – the firm seems to really care about its employees and have rolled out so many initiatives over the lockdown period which really impressed me. It is always good to work with employers who have fresh ideas and put staff first.
With ESPHR, I’m looking forward to seeing how the Employee Relations (ER) technology side – MyHRCases – develops, so we can continue to offer something new, and vital, to HR teams and employers. Personally, I’m thankful to be part of such a varied team that I will inevitably learn a lot from over the next 12 months.
There are still huge hurdles to overcome due to the Coronavirus crisis and the ensuing damage to the economy. I predict that people trying to manage employment issues in their business will be at risk of burnout, due to the constantly shifting landscape. On the bright side, I think there will be individuals with good ideas who come out of this stronger – so it will be interesting to see how things develop.
I mostly focus on my family of two young children, older dog, and a hamster who all keep me very busy. We go swimming a lot and I try to sneak off to the hot tub for a few moments’ peace. I’m also a big F1 fan so many Sundays are reserved for the race. Finally, when I get chance, I love to crochet and have recently taken up playing the piano again after about 20 years.
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