Senior Associate


After qualifying with DLA Piper, Louise moved to Gordons where she advised both employers and employees, with an emphasis on retail and education sectors, on a mixture of contentious and non-contentious work. Louise is an experienced Tribunal advocate and has successfully represented both Claimants and Respondents. Louise also has significant experience as a legal trainer; in particular, delivering a large-scale training project for WM Morrison Supermarkets. Louise joined the Employment department at Bates Wells Braithwaite in January 2014.

Examples of recent work

  • Advised FM Conway Limited on its acquisition of a minority interest in Toppesfield Ltd
  • Assisting on a £10million Tribunal claim bought by 80+ claimants
  • Defending a national charity against an appeal to the EAT on religious discrimination
  • Carrying out employment due diligence on a £60m acquisition
  • Secondment to a healthcare regulator to assist with a restructure
  • Delivering witness familiarisation training to a national charity
  • Assisting a US client carrying out redundancy consultation at its UK subsidiary
  • Successfully resolving a sexual orientation discrimination claim
  • Securing strike out of an employee status claim at preliminary hearing
  • Successfully resolving a complex disability discrimination claim brought against a national disability charity
  • Advised FM Conway Limited on the employment law aspects of its acquisition of Berkshire Macadams Limited
  • Advised FM Conway Limited on its acquisition of United Asphalt.
  • Advised FM Conway Limited on its acquisition of a minority interest in Toppesfield Ltd.

Qualifications and career

  • Kings College London, LLB (Hons) Law, 2005
  • BPP Law School, Legal Practice Course, 2006
  • Legal assistant, Leeds City Council 2006-2007
  • Trainee solicitor, Davidson Large LLP, 2007
  • Solicitor, DLA Piper LLP, 2009
  • Solicitor, Gordons LLP, 2009
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2014 

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Executive Committee member of the Industrial Law Society
  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association
  • Advisor for the South West Law Centre

Employment knowhow from Louise Rea