Management Committee

At the helm of ELA is the Management Committee (ManCo), elected from the membership by the members every two years. The Management Committee steers the policy and direction of ELA and its membership services.

ELA Management Commitee 2020: Overview of Roles & Responsibilities

Annual reports

  • Marian Bloodworth
    Marian Bloodworth Kemp Little Chair

    Chair@elaweb.org.uk
    Marian is an Employment partner at Kemp Little LLP, a boutique law firm in London, and is Chair of ELA. She has significant expertise in helping clients in the financial and professional services sector manage their legal risk.  More...

  • Paul McFarlane
    Paul McFarlane Capsticks Deputy Chair

    DeputyChair@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Daniel Pollard
    Daniel Pollard GQ Littler Treasurer

    Treasurer@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Judith Harris
    Judith Harris DLA Piper Secretary

    CoSec@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Marc Jones
    Marc Jones IBB Law LLP Editor, ELA Briefing

    ELABriefingEditor@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • David Regan
    David Regan Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP Chair, Training Committee

    TrainingChair@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Caspar Glyn QC
    Caspar Glyn QC Cloisters Chair, Legislative & Policy Committee

    LandPChair@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Kathleen Healy
    Kathleen Healy Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Chair, International Committee

    InternationalChair@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Jennifer McGrandle
    Jennifer McGrandle Dechert Chair, Pro Bono Committee

    ProBonoChair@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Sophie Lockwood
    Sophie Lockwood Charles Russell Speechlys LLP Junior Lawyer Representative

    JuniorRep@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Paul Singh
    Paul Singh National Education Union In-house Representative

    InHouseChair@elaweb.org.uk
    Paul is currently the Regional Solicitor for the Yorkshire and Humber region at the National Education Union, Europe’s largest union for education workers. In his role Paul advises Claimant members on all aspects of employment law as well as providing training and support to regional union officials. More...

  • Michael Duggan QC
    Michael Duggan QC Regional Representative, Upper South East

    UpperSERegionalRep@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Sarah Hayes
    Sarah Hayes Paris Smith LLP Regional Representative, Lower South East

    LowerSERegionalRep@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Leonora Morgan
    Leonora Morgan DAC Beachcroft LLP Acting Regional Representative, North East

    NERegionalRep@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Shirley Blair
    Shirley Blair A&L Goodbody Regional Representative, Northern Ireland

    NIRegionalRep@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Fiona Herrell
    Fiona Herrell Brodies Regional Representative, Scotland

    ScotlandRegionalRep@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Debbie Grennan
    Debbie Grennan Guildhall Chambers Regional Representative, South West

    SWRegionalRep@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Jonathan Walters Civitas Law Regional Representative, Wales

    WalesRegionalRep@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More....

  • Marie Walsh
    Marie Walsh Consilia Legal Regional Representative, Yorkshire & Humberside

    YorksRegionalRep@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Emma Clark
    Emma Clark Keystone Law Member at Large

    Memberatlarge@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Claire McCann
    Claire McCann Cloisters Member at Large

    Memberatlarge@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Beth Hale
    Beth Hale CM Murray LLP Member at Large

    Memberatlarge@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Jessica Shemmings
    Jessica Shemmings The SR Group Member at Large

    Memberatlarge@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Ben Jones
    Ben Jones Old Square Chambers Junior Member at Large

    Memberatlarge@elaweb.org.uk
    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. More...

  • Clive Dobbin Paris Smith Law Society Council Seat

    Lawsocietyrep@elaweb.org.uk
    Clive is a partner and head of the employment team at Paris Smith in Southampton, with over 15 years of experience of advising on employment issues. Clive has obtained a masters degree in Law and Employment Relations. He is also ranked in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. Clive undertakes a full range of contentious and non-contentious employment work. More...