Vanessa is a Human Resources Professional, with over 20 years experience across all areas of HR. In addition to Vanessa’s broader HR experience, she has a particular interest in the prevention and resolution of employment disputes, and recently completed her LLM in Employment Law with Distinction.
Practical and commercial, Vanessa has experience in many different organisational types, from large multinationals to small local companies. She is able to use her experience to provide workable and appropriate solutions to all employee related situations.
Vanessa particularly enjoys working with start-ups and small companies to support them in becoming proficient employers. She has extensive experience in the following areas:
- Employment contract writing, including restrictive covenants
- Employee handbook/policy writing
- Disciplinary and grievance procedures
- Designing performance management systems
- Designing reward systems
- Termination of employment
- Settlement agreements
- Business transfer (TUPE)
Vanessa is also adept at conducting investigations and advising clients on how investigations should be conducted internally.
In addition to her LLM in Employment Law, Vanessa holds an MA in Personnel Management and a BSc Hons International Management & Modern Languages. She is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Emma qualified as a solicitor in 1998 with City law firm Allen & Overy, where she had a broad commercial dispute resolution practice. After qualification, Emma practised as a solicitor in both London and Hong Kong. Now a legal consultant, Emma draws on her extensive private practice experience to help businesses identify and guard against future disputes, ensuring that their commercial agreements achieve their purposes and (most importantly) protect the business’s interests.
Emma has represented a number of clients in high profile employment disputes, including disputes relating to partnerships and quasi-partnerships, breach of restrictive covenants, solicitation of clients and employees, breach of confidentiality and breach of fiduciary duty. She also provides legal support and advice to clients engaged in employment tribunal proceedings.
Emma is a strong believer in early intervention to prevent disputes escalating, both within and outside the business. She has been an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator since 2008, assisting multiple parties to resolve their disputes cheaply and effectively, without needing to resort to litigation. She is also a certified Workplace Mediator and a conflict coach, working with clients to reduce conflict and difficult dynamics in the workplace and assist teams to work productively together.
Emma is also a mediation trainer, assisting businesses to train mediators in-house and establish effective internal mediation schemes.
In addition to her legal expertise, Emma has more than 10 years experience in designing and delivering bespoke, skills-based training.
Emma has a MA in Law from the University of Cambridge, and a diploma in Legal Practice (Distinction) from the College of Law.