Our People

ESP set out with a vision to provide the very best subscription based employment law and HR advisory service in the UK. Our vision became encapsulated in the phrase "let's provide city law firm quality to our customers...but at low fixed subscription prices". We think we have achieved this vision and now believe we have created something exciting, unique and revolutionary in the employment law advisory market. Let us introduce you to the team...

Nina Robinson

Nina is an accomplished employment solicitor with over 10 years’ post-qualified experience at leading UK law firms. Nina initially qualified as a corporate solicitor at Addleshaw Goddard and since 2006 practised employment law exclusively, providing advice to employer customers at both DAC Beachcroft and Ward Hadaway Solicitors. Nina has experience of advising a varied portfolio of employer customers, including retail and restaurant groups, financial services and media industry customers on all employment issues.

Nina Robinson

Director, ESP Law Ltd

Sarah Dillon

Sarah is a litigation expert with over 15 years’ experience. Sarah embarked on her career in employment law as an advocate for an employment law consultancy and continued as an advocate alongside being an employment law advisor for a plethora of reputable UK law firms including: DAC Beachcroft, Ward Hadaway and Richmonds Solicitors, where she was head of the employment department.

Sarah Dillon

Director, ESP Law Ltd

Lucy Gordon

Lucy is an employment solicitor who brings to ESP over a decade’s experience at DLA Piper, one of the world’s most prestigious law firms. At DLA Piper, Lucy was involved in a number of global projects for major international customers and handled a varied case-load of employment matters for a range of UK clients, including complex Employment Tribunal cases involving whistleblowing and TUPE.

Lucy Gordon

Senior Solicitor, ESP Law Ltd

Caroline Acton

Caroline is an employment solicitor with over 8 years’ post qualified experience at various reputable UK Law firms. Caroline was a partner at her previous firm, Consilia Legal, and has experience in advising on a wide range of employment law and HR issues including topics such as redundancy, performance management and disciplinary, as well as carrying out employment tribunal litigation for employer customers.

Caroline Acton

Solicitor, ESP Law Ltd

Jamie Gamble

Jamie has specialised in employment law since 2002 and deals with all types of contentious and non-contentious employment issues. He acts predominantly for employers, from owner-managed businesses to national and multi-national companies and large public bodies.

Jamie Gamble

Partner, Ward Hadaway

Gillian Chinhengo

Gillian has experience in dealing with a broad range of employment matters.

She advises mainly employers on a regular basis, providing support and assistance in both contentious and non-contentious matters to a variety of businesses from sole traders to national organisations.

Gillian Chinhengo

Associate, Ward Hadaway

Gillian Burns

Gillian is an Employment Solicitor based in the Newcastle office, and acts for a wide range of employers in both the private and public sectors. 

Gillian has advised on all aspects of employment law, including unfair and constructive dismissal claims and discrimination claims, and is a member of our corporate support team providing employment advice on business and share sales or acquisitions.

Gillian Burns

Solicitor, Ward Hadaway

Graham Vials

Graham specialises in providing commercial advice on a full range of contentious and non-contentious employment and HR matters - to a variety of private and public sector customers, ranging from owner-managed businesses to large national companies, schools and academies, government departments and local authorities.

Graham Vials

Associate, Ward Hadaway

Katie Adams

Katie advises customers in both the public and private sectors from start-up businesses through to large PLCs, third sector organisations, NHS organisations and Government departments.

She regularly advises employers on day to day employment issues including disciplinary, grievance, performance, family friendly rights, sickness absence, contracts, settlement agreements, restructuring, redundancy and TUPE. Katie is also experienced in handling Employment Tribunal Claims.

Katie Adams

Associate, Ward Hadaway

Rachael McCartney

Rachael has experience of both the public and private sector.

She is experienced in litigation, representing a range of customers from sole traders to large international companies in the Employment Tribunal, defending discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.

Rachael McCartney

Associate, Ward Hadaway

Charlotte Ashton

Charlotte joined the team in October 2009 having previously completed her training contract in-house with a large UK company.

Charlotte advises on a range of employment issues and has experience in defending Employment Tribunal claims including unfair dismissal, breach of TUPE Regulations, sex, race, age and disability discrimination. Charlotte also has experience in advocacy at Employment Tribunal hearings, pre-hearing reviews and case management discussions.

Charlotte Ashton

Solicitor, Ward Hadaway