Doyle Clayton staff promotions 2024

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Posted on 04 Jan 2024

Doyle Clayton staff promotions 2024

After a hugely successful 2023, we are delighted to announce the following promotions, effective from 1 January 2024:

Promoted to Partner

Karen Holden

Karen is recognised as a key lawyer in The Legal 500 directory and has over 20 years’ experience of advising organisations and individuals on employment law and related HR issues. Her specialisms include dealing with complex investigations and employment litigation involving TUPE transfers, whistleblowing and unlawful discrimination, with a particular emphasis on sex, race and disability discrimination matters.

She predominantly acts for corporate clients, ranging from scale-ups to established UK businesses and global multinationals, but also represents senior individuals in litigation, advising on employment rights and negotiating exit packages.

Kate Kapp

Listed as an ‘Associate to watch’ by Chambers and Partners, and as a ‘Key Lawyer’ by The Legal 500, Kate is an experienced employment lawyer and litigator, and represents both employers and employees on a full range of contentious and non-contentious employment related issues. She has extensive experience in negotiating sensitive and high value exits, providing day-to-day advice for many of the firm’s corporate clients, and regularly conducts independent workplace investigations and reviews for employers, into complex, sensitive and high profile employment issues.

She also undertakes High Court Injunction work and has experience in respect of committal proceedings. Her cases typically involve complex points of fact or law, and those with particular reputational/financial importance for clients.

Promoted to Legal Director

Claire Wilson

Claire is an experienced employment lawyer who advises on a wide range of employment matters for both companies and individuals. She has particular expertise in working with corporate clients in the retail, construction, insurance and financial sectors, and is also an experienced litigation specialist, conducting her own advocacy in Employment Tribunals. Claire also has a wide range of experience in acting for senior executives in the financial services sector.

Paul Hayward

Recognised as a ‘Rising star’ and as an ‘Associate to watch’ by The Legal 500, and Chambers and Partners respectively, Paul is an experienced employment lawyer who represents both employers and employees on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues. His experience ranges from acting for large multi corporates and educational institutions to senior executives and individuals, often involving discrimination or public interest disclosures.

Paul is a qualified Mental Health First Aider and regularly uses this experience to speak at seminars and presentations on wellbeing in the workplace. He has also authored a number of articles and regularly presents seminars within the CIPD community.

Promoted to Senior Associate

David Ritchie

David has over ten years’ experience in the field of immigration law, with a diverse background in both business and personal immigration. He now specialises in applications under the points-based system and advising corporate clients on their sponsor compliance and right to work obligations, areas in which he frequently provides training as well as mock Home Office audits. David also has experience in assisting individuals with complex applications, Judicial Review claims and appeals to the First-tier and Upper Tribunals, including undertaking his own advocacy before the court.

Robert Maddox

Listed as a ‘Star Associate’ and ‘Associate to watch’ by Chambers and Partners, Robert is an experienced employment lawyer who advises on a wide variety of employment matters for both employers and employees, on contentious and non-contentious issues. He is a noted specialist in discrimination and whistleblowing claims, and in dealing with matters involving senior employees and executives.

Zahira Patel

Zahira is a UK immigration specialist who advises organisations, individuals and educational institutions. She regularly advises businesses on obtaining Sponsor Licences and Skilled Worker and Global Business Mobility visas for their employees. She also advises on matters such as right to work, sponsoring skilled workers, compliance, sponsor licence management, and the implications of redundancy and mergers and acquisitions for migrant workers. In addition, Zahira provides audit and training services to businesses and education institutions to ensure they remain up to date and compliant with their sponsor licence, reporting, and record-keeping obligations.

As well as UK immigration expertise, Zahira has experience of managing large-scale projects for clients. This has seen her coordinate projects across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) with global co-counsel while completing clients’ UK casework to ensure a streamlined, globally consistent service.

Promoted to Associate

Hannah Davies

Hannah is a UK employment law specialist who advises both employers and employees on the full range of employment related issues, with particular expertise in advising on team and senior executive moves, and negotiating exits.

A litigation specialist, Hannah regularly represents clients in Employment Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal claims, including claims for discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing.

Kathy Scott

Kathy is an employment lawyer who advises both employers and individuals on all areas of UK employment law. She has significant experience advising clients in the financial sector, as well as the entertainment and retail sectors, and has worked with a number of FTSE 100 and 250 companies. She regularly advises on senior exits, redundancy processes, and grievance processes (for both individuals and employers) and has a particular interest in flexible working and discrimination claims.

The articles published on this website, current at the date of publication, are for reference purposes only. They do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Specific legal advice about your own circumstances should always be sought separately before taking any action.

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