My role sees me providing employment law advice to all manner of organisations across a wide range of sectors. However, my complete career history is something of a mixed bag…
I was a registered nurse and worked on intensive and coronary care wards for 15 years before retraining to become a lawyer. I qualified as a barrister in 2000 before crossing over to become a solicitor in 2004.
Since then, I have worked as an employment law lecturer, provided advice to the customers of a leading UK legal expenses insurer, acted as a litigator and advocate for businesses in employment tribunal cases and even found time to own a pub and restaurant too – yes, really!
Without question, it is interacting with the customers and helping them find solutions to their problems. We offer advice to such an interesting range of businesses that no day is ever the same.
I know it might sound like I am stating the obvious, but it really does put the ‘P’ into ‘partnership’! As a collective, we try to make our customers feel as if we are a seamless extension of their own team – and from what I have seen so far, it is something ESPHR is very good at.
This is a very good question! I have enjoyed working with Salutem Healthcare (a social care provider) and the relationships I am building there truly make me feel as if I am part of their team – it is incredibly rewarding. Generally, I like to work with people who think outside of the box and strive to achieve pioneering ER solutions that blend the law with the practicality of their business operation.
Without a doubt, it would be ‘being empathetic to their situation and needs’.
As with any new role, my focus is to really get to know the ER nuances of each of our customers and build upon relationships that are already in place. Individually, I would like to learn a new skill. Nothing too energetic, but perhaps something such as furniture restoration.
If Coronavirus has taught us anything, it has been around the power of digital communications. As such, I would love to see the tribunal system embracing technology more.
Perhaps it will become possible to conduct some hearings online – such as low value money claims. I think it would be much more efficient while also reducing the length of time it takes for the more complex cases to get to tribunal.
I am a ‘comper’ – which for those not in the know, means I enter lots of competitions! Over the years I have won a selection of UK mini breaks, money, and vouchers, but I am still waiting for the ‘big’ jackpot of a new car or overseas jaunt!
I am also a passionate crafter – and what I do not know about glue isn’t worth knowing!
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