Thérèse joined the Employment team at Bates Wells Braithwaite in September 2012. After taking a sabbatical in 2014 to spend some time travelling, Therese returned to the team in June 2016. Thérèse currently advises predominantly employer clients in relation to a broad range of employment law issues, HR issues and employment tribunal claims including: changes to terms and conditions of employment; managing sickness absence, disciplinary issues and grievances; unfair dismissal, discrimination and redundancy claims; preparing contentious cases for hearing; negotiating settlements and drafting settlement agreements.

Examples of Recent Work

  • Drafting and reviewing contractual documentation including contracts of employment, policies and procedures
  • Providing advice and support to a charity in relation to a redundancy process
  • Advising in relation to a case of potential gross misconduct, and assisting with the disciplinary process
  • Assisting a client in successfully defending claims for unfair dismissal and race discrimination
  • Successfully negotiating settlement of an unfair dismissal claim for an employer client
  • Advising employers on the terms of settlement agreements entered into with their employees

Qualifications and Career

  • Bristol University, BA (Hons) History with French, 2006
  • College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2008
  • College of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2009
  • Trainee at Mills & Reeve LLP, 2011
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2012
  • Sabbatical, 2014
  • 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