Jessica English

We’re proud of our amazing team at ESP Law and recently added some new faces to the mix. So, we wanted to ‘introduce’ you to each of them. Find out more about their role, what they love most about it, and why ESPHR is making such a difference in the world of Employee Relations (ER)…

Summarise what you do at ESP Law and outline your background prior to joining the team

My role at ESP Law is two-fold. I am a senior solicitor, responsible for assisting customers with a broad spectrum of employment issues, as well as a litigator dealing with a range of tribunal matters.

I started my career in a trade union firm, representing members and claimants, but made the switch to advising businesses in 2010. Prior to joining ESP Law, I worked as an in-house employment lawyer for Community Integrated Care, a national care charity based in Widnes.

What is your favourite part of the job?

Without a doubt it is building relationships with customers and working in tandem to find a solution.

Being part of a unit is one of the best parts of the job, probably something which has been influenced by my years of playing team sport – ‘I am not an island’ as the saying goes! Finding a solution to an issue alongside a customer is so rewarding.

What do you think ESP Law offers, that no other business in the industry does?

A wealth of experience and support delivered via a flexible model. As one of the firm’s newest recruits, seeing the collective level of skill and knowledge is inspiring – particularly in the way it is offered to our customers.  

What’s your ‘dream’ customer and why?

I love to see how things are made and so I am particularly intrigued by the manufacturing sector – my time in factories at the start of my career has made quite an impression on me! That being said, I am actually a big kid at heart and so if Disney came knocking – I would be thrilled!

Describe ESP Law in one word.

Innovative – both as a legal services provider and an employer.

What is the one thing that you’d want your customers to know you for?

That I am approachable and pragmatic. Although, that’s technically two things!

What would you like to achieve over the next 12 months – at ESP Law and individually?

To continue to settle into my new role and build relationships with customers and the team.

You are in an industry that never stops. What would you like to see in store over the next 12 months?

A little bit of calm in relation to changes to employment law. We have just lived through an unprecedented time when the legal landscape was changing by the day. A bit of breathing space for employers would be a welcome break.

Outside of work, what do you like doing?

This is a tricky question in light of recent times! However, in a non-COVID-19 world I love cycling with my family and socialising with friends. A little-known fact about me is that I played the Euphonium in a successful brass band many moons ago and have recently taken this up again. Although, I certainly won’t be performing any solos any time soon!

 


We are the HR and employment law experts from ESPHR.

It’s our mission to advise and develop the employment law capability of HR professionals wherever we can, helping HR teams make a real commercial difference to their organisations. That way, you spend less time solving operational issues and more time actioning projects that drive far-reaching change in your company.

Call 0333 006 2929 or email info@esphr.co.uk today to discover exactly how we can help you.

 

Author: Jessica English

Senior Solicitor, ESP Law Ltd

Jessica is a pragmatic employment solicitor and litigator with a range of experience in both private practice and in-house. Having begun her career in a Trade Union firm she made the move to exclusively advising businesses over 10 years ago. Her breadth of experience includes advising clients in the retail, manufacturing and transport sectors and immediately prior to joining ESP, she worked as an in-house employment lawyer for a national care charity with over 5,000 staff.

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