How long have you worked in Edwards & Co?
I qualified as a solicitor in 2022 and joined the Employment Department in Edwards in October 2022.
Do you specialise in any particular area?
I specialise in Employment Law and advise both employers and employees in contentious and non-contentious areas of Employment Law. Throughout my legal career so far, I have worked on a number of complex cases before the Industrial Tribunal and Fair Employment Tribunal on a range of disputes to include unfair dismissal, redundancy, public interest disclosure, unlawful deduction from wages and various discrimination complaints. I also provide practical advice and support to employers on the application and drafting of internal policies and procedures. I am a regular writer of articles on topical employment law matters. I am a member of the Northern Ireland Young Solicitors Association and Employment Lawyers Group. I am currently working towards a Postgraduate Certificate in NI Employment Law and Practice with Ulster University & Legal Island.
What do you like about what you do?
Employment law is people-centric which makes every day interesting and varied. Issues at work can often have a profound impact on both employees and employers. As an Employment lawyer, I like to think that the advice I provide makes a difference to the end outcome and getting the right result for my client can be incredibly rewarding. Employment law is ever evolving, and I enjoy the intellectual challenge of keeping myself up to date with the latest developments in case law and legislation.
What’s the best case you’ve ever worked on?
I can’t pinpoint one case above all others, but I do have a particular interest in public interest disclosure and discrimination claims. What is interesting about employment law is that every case turns on its own facts; you can apply the same law to similar facts and have a different outcome every time!