Thérèse trained as a solicitor at Mills & Reeve in Cambridge, and joined the Employment team at Bates Wells Braithwaite as a newly qualified solicitor in September 2012. After taking a sabbatical in 2014 to spend some time travelling and setting up a small business, Thérèse returned to the team in June 2016.

Thérèse advises predominantly employer clients in relation to a broad range of employment law matters, including terms and conditions of employment, working time, pregnancy and maternity rights, equality and discrimination issues, grievances, disciplinaries, and performance management. Thérèse also undertakes a broad range of contentious work on cases in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal, including in relation to claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing; as well as negotiating and drafting settlement agreements.

Examples of Recent Work

  • Drafting and reviewing contracts of employment, policies and procedures
  • Advising an education sector client in relation to gender segregation and allegations of sex discrimination
  • Assisting a large healthcare sector client with an internal investigation into allegations of harassment and disability and race discrimination
  • Advising an international organisation in relation to their statutory maternity and paternity leave and pay obligations and applicable statutory immunities
  • Advising a charity sector client in relation to sleep-in shifts, working time and National Minimum Wage obligations
  • Advising an education sector client in relation to the election of a women’s officer and Equality Act implications
  • Successfully defending an Employment Tribunal claim for disability discrimination and whistleblowing for a client in the regulatory sector
  • Assisting with an appeal to the Court of Appeal in respect of a claim relating to marriage discrimination and unfair dismissal
  • Negotiating and advising employer and employee clients in relation to settlement agreements

Qualifications and Career

  • University of Bristol, BA (Hons) History with French, 2006
  • The College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2008
  • The College of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2009
  • Mills & Reeve LLP, training contract, 2011
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2012
  • Sabbatical, 2014 - 2016
  • Returned to Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2016
  • Promoted to Associate, Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2018

Pro Bono, Memberships and Appointments 

  • Pro-bono Legal Adviser at South West London Law Centres
  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Industrial Law Society