Amy is a Senior Associate within the Milton Keynes employment team. She advises on a full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, including specialist areas such as employee data protection and business immigration.
Amy works with local and national clients across a variety of sectors including logistics, retail, leisure and higher education. Although Amy primarily acts for employers, she also supports individuals on settlement negotiations and tribunal litigation.
Amy's recent experience includes:
- defending employment tribunal proceedings, including constructive unfair dismissal claims, pregnancy and maternity discrimination claims and disability discrimination claims;
- advising organisations on day-to-day employee relations matters, including flexible working requests, disciplinaries and grievances;
- assisting organisations with managing redundancies and restructures (including TUPE where relevant); and
- advising organisations on managing and negotiating exits including settlement agreement proposals and terms.
Amy conducts her own advocacy in the Employment Tribunal and has successfully represented various clients at case management and substantive preliminary hearings and at final hearings.
She also regularly provides support to the corporate team within Shoosmiths, advising on the employment law aspects of national and international corporate sales, acquisitions and investments.
Amy has a particular interest in employee data protection matters and advises on the varied commercial and employment implications in this area. She has extensive experience in assisting organisations with managing data subject access requests and has also advised individuals making such requests.
Recent employee data protection work undertaken by Amy includes:
- assisting multiple clients with large data subject access requests;
- reviewing and drafting workforce privacy notices and employee data protection policies, including subject right policies; and
- advising a client in relation to the data protection implications of conducting criminal record checks on its workforce.
Amy also has experience in business immigration matters. Work handled by Amy in this area includes:
- supporting organisations with various right to work check queries and providing bespoke training to clients relating to the same;
- advising clients in relation to applying for a skilled worker sponsor licence and managing the licence once granted, especially in a post-acquisition context; and
- reviewing and drafting right to work and business immigration policies.
Amy regularly writes articles and comments for the firm and is one of the founding co-hosts of the Shoospeak HR podcast. She is also a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association.
Amy also regularly advises individuals on a pro bono basis through the firm's employment pro bono clinic set up in collaborate with Milton Keynes' Citizens Advice Bureau.
A particular passion of Amy's is promoting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and she undertakes the role of a Mental Health and Wellbeing Champion at Shoosmiths. Amy is also a current member of the firm's "Balance" network, which aims to champion gender equality and better representation of women in the legal sector.
Amy trained at Shoosmiths and qualified as a solicitor with the national employment team in 2019. During her training, Amy spent time working in-house on secondment at two large national organisations, which enabled her to gain valuable understanding of our client's day-to-day working practices.