Management committee

  • Marian Bloodworth

    Marian Bloodworth

    Deloitte Legal, Deloitte UK

    Chair

    Marian is an Employment partner at Deloitte Legal, Deloitte UK, and is Chair of ELA. She has significant expertise in helping clients in the financial and professional services sector manage their legal risk.
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  • Paul McFarlane

    Paul McFarlane

    Capsticks

    Deputy Chair

    Paul is a Partner at Capsticks who he joined in 2019. Prior to that he was a Partner for a decade at Weightmans and before that he was an in-house solicitor at London Transport and then Royal Mail. Paul has 25 years' post qualification experience advising on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues.
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  • Daniel Pollard

    Daniel Pollard

    GQ Littler

    Treasurer

    Daniel works at GQ Littler in London. Daniel originally trained at Clifford Chance but most of his career has been spent working for US firms - first WilmerHale and then Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. After a stint with Macfarlanes, he joined boutique firm GQ in 2015 and following their merger with Littler Mendelson PC now finds himself at a global employment law boutique.
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  • Judith Harris

    Judith Harris

    DLA Piper

    Secretary

    Jude is the International Practice Development Lawyer for the Global Employment Group at DLA Piper. Jude qualified as an employment lawyer in 1998 at Denton Hall (as it was then) and worked at Baker McKenzie and Addleshaw Goddard before joining DLA Piper in 2013.
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    CoSec [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Kathleen Healy

    Kathleen Healy

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    Chair, International Committee

    Kathleen's practice is focussed on assisting multi-national clients with complex employment law matters. In particular she has detailed experience of helping clients navigate the employment and industrial relations issues arising on acquisitions, disposals and restructurings.
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  • Caspar Glyn QC

    Caspar Glyn QC

    Cloisters

    Chair, Legislative & Policy Committee

    Caspar advises on contentious disputes and is a trial and appellate lawyer. His practice covers the whole width of the employment relationship, contractual (including injunctive relief) and regulatory sports' disputes and other linked contractual and commercial claims including civil fraud and fiduciary duties.
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    LandPChair [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Marc Jones

    Marc Jones

    Marjon Law

    Editor, ELA Briefing

    Marc acts for individuals and organisations. This has included both employment and commercial related disputes in the employment tribunal, county court and High Court, which has ranged from, amongst other things, TUPE and boardroom disputes to restrictive covenants and non-employment discrimination.
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    ELABriefingEditor [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Ken Morrison

    Ken Morrison

    National Education Union

    In-house Representative

    Ken is currently General Counsel at St. George’s University of London. He was first admitted as an Attorney and Notary in South Africa (2002), England & Wales (2004), and Ireland (2010) and has worked in law for 21 years
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    InHouseChair [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Sophie Lockwood

    Sophie Lockwood

    Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

    Junior Lawyer Representative

    Sophie is an Associate Solicitor in the Employment, Pensions & Immigration team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. She trained at a regional firm and qualified into its Employment team in 2016, before joining Charles Russell Speechlys in 2018.
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    JuniorRep [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Jennifer McGrandle

    Jennifer McGrandle

    Dechert

    Chair, Pro Bono Committee

    Jenny is a senior associate at Dechert LLP and has been practising as an employment lawyer for twenty years. Having started her career as a barrister, she particularly enjoys contentious work. She specialises in all areas of employment law but has a particular interest in discrimination law and data protection.
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    ProBonoChair [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • David Regan

    David Regan

    Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

    Chair, Training Committee

    David is a Director in the global Labour & Employment team at Squire Patton Boggs, where he has worked since 2012, having previously practiced in a regional firm. His practice spans the range of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, from TUPE to High Court litigation and corporate support.
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    TrainingChair [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Julie Duane

    Julie Duane

    St Philips Chambers

    Regional Representative, Midlands

    Julie specialises in employment law and works across the full spectrum of employment issues for both Claimants and Respondents. She acts for leading national firms, private individuals, high-profile / senior parties and a wide range of both boutique and regional firms. Julie's significant experience in complex discrimination, TUPE, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal cases marks her out as a true employment 'all-rounder'.
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    MidlandRegionalRep [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Michael Duggan QC

    Michael Duggan QC

    Regional Representative, Upper South East

    Michael specialises in employment law, restraint of trade and business protection, commercial and regulatory law. He regularly appears in the tribunals and EAT as well as County and High Court, including Court of Appeal, and has been involved in many reported cases.
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    UpperSERegionalRep [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Debbie Grennan

    Debbie Grennan

    Guildhall Chambers

    Regional Representative, South West

    Debbie has a balance of claimant and respondent work which covers all aspects of employment and discrimination law, as well as business protection and trade union law. She appears in the Court of Appeal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the High Court and County Courts, as well as the Employment Tribunal and SEND Tribunal.
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    SWRegionalRep [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Sarah Hayes

    Sarah Hayes

    Paris Smith LLP

    Regional Representative, Lower South East

    Sarah is a Solicitor at Paris Smith LLP. Sarah trained with the firm and qualified into the Employment Department in 2018. Sarah enjoys advising on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of employment law. She works closely with employers and employees across a wide range of business sectors to support them with any issues that arise during the course of the employment relationship.
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    LowerSERegionalRep [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Fiona Herrell

    Fiona Herrell

    Brodies

    Regional Representative, Scotland

    Fiona provides commercial, strategic and pragmatic advice on all aspects of employment law. Her general advisory practice includes assisting employers with complex disciplinary and grievance matters, redundancies and reorganisations, covenant enforceability, contractual variations and executive on-boarding/terminations.
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    ScotlandRegionalRep [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Lindsey Knowles

    Lindsey Knowles

    Brabners

    Regional Representative, North West

    Lindsey is an experienced employment lawyer who acts for a range of clients including employers of all sizes as well as employees. Lindsey is a Senior Associate based in the Liverpool office of Brabners Employment and Pensions Team.
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    NWRegionalRep [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Leonora Morgan

    Leonora Morgan

    DAC Beachcroft LLP

    Regional Representative, North East

    Leonora is an Associate at DAC Beachcroft LLP. Having training with an International firm in the City of London, Leonora returned to the North East of England to join the Employment, Pensions and Immigration Group at DAC Beachcroft LLP where she has enjoyed working since 2018, advising clients on a broad range of employment issues, both contentious and non-contentious.
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    NERegionalRep [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Marie Walsh

    Marie Walsh

    Consilia Legal

    Regional Representative, Yorkshire & Humberside

    Marie Walsh is an experienced employment lawyer who has acted on behalf of a wide range of clients throughout her 19 years qualification. She is well known and respected amongst her peers and clients for her straightforward no nonsense approach to the issues and her common sense attitude when it comes to the parties best interests and costs.
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    YorksRegionalRep [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Jonathan Walters

    Jonathan Walters

    Civitas Law

    Regional Representative, Wales

    Jonathan is an established employment practitioner. He regularly conducts complex and heavyweight multi-day employment tribunal hearings. He has considerable experience of representing clients in the public and private sector in employment tribunals, the EAT and the Court of Appeal. He has undertaken numerous grievance, whistleblowing and disciplinary investigations on behalf of employers.
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    WalesRegionalRep [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Shirley Blair

    Shirley Blair

    A&L Goodbody

    Regional Representative, Northern Ireland

    Shirley is a senior employment Associate at A&L Goodbody in Belfast. She trained at Wragge & Co (Gowling WLG) and spent 13 happy years in the Birmingham office there before returning home to Northern Ireland. She has enjoyed working at A&L Goodbody since 2011.
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    NIRegionalRep [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Emma Clark

    Emma Clark

    Keystone Law

    Member at Large

    Emma is an employment and partnership lawyer and has been practising for over 18 years. She acts for both organisations and senior individuals across a diverse range of sectors and jurisdictions. Emma has been a consultant solicitor at Keystone Law since 2018 and prior to that she was a partner at Abbiss Cadres, a senior associate at Fox & Partners and a senior associate at Allen & Overy.
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    Memberatlarge [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Beth Hale

    Beth Hale

    CM Murray LLP

    Member at Large

    Beth Hale is a Partner specialising in Employment and Partnership law and also acts as General Counsel for the firm. Beth is extremely well-regarded and has a particular strength in explaining and simplifying complex legal concepts.
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  • Ben Jones

    Ben Jones

    Old Square Chambers

    Junior Member at Large

    Ben is a specialist employment barrister who routinely advises on and appears before the Tribunals and Civil Courts in matters across the spectrum of individual, collective, and commercial employment issues. In his contentious work he regularly appears in multi-week cases and has a developing appellate practice.
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    Memberatlarge [at] elaweb.org.uk

  • Claire McCann

    Claire McCann

    Cloisters

    Member at Large

    Claire McCann specialises in employment, equality and public law as well as regulatory and human rights law, in both an advisory capacity and as a trial and appellate advocate. She also represents parties in internal disciplinary proceedings and conducts investigations.
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  • Jessica Shemmings

    Jessica Shemmings

    The SR Group

    Member at Large

    Jessica qualified as an employment solicitor in 2004 in Bond Pearce's (now Womble Bond Dickinson) Southampton office. She made the move to London in 2005 and joined Speechly Bircham's (now Charles Russell Speechlys) employment team. Jessica moved in-house to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2015 to advise on international employment matters.
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  • Paul Singh

    Paul Singh

    Minster Law

    Law Society Council Seat

    Paul is currently Head of Employment Law at Minster Law, dealing with Legal Expenses Insurance-funded employment law claims. He heads a team of lawyers representing Claimants in a wide range of employment law matters
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    Lawsocietyrep [at] elaweb.org.uk