Christine Garrett

Solicitor
Employment disputes

I specialise in employment law, an area of law that I have enjoyed since university.  I studied employment law both during my law degree and Legal Practice Course. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, I completed an internship at the European Commission's Directorate-General of Employment and Social Affairs, where I worked on the European Union enlargement negotiations.  I have over 14 years of practical employment law experience, having qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and joining the firm in 2006. I always work with my clients to find solutions within the litigation process that are in their best interests.

Employment Litigation - I specialise in employment litigation, predominantly representing respondents across a wide variety of sectors including retail, care, recruitment, logistics, manufacturing, hospitality, charitable and education.  I also have experience representing claimants.  I deal with a wide range of employment law claims including unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, TUPE, breach of contract, holiday pay, minimum wage, whistleblowing and all aspects of discrimination.  The cases I deal with frequently involve multiple heads of claim and jurisdictional arguments.    I deal with all aspects of case preparation including drafting ET3s, ET1s, addressing disclosure, bundle preparation and witness statements. I act for clients in Employment Tribunal claims issued in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.   I also have experience advising employers and employees on wide variety of non-contentious employment law and HR issues.

Advocacy - I conduct advocacy in the Employment Tribunal.  The  nature of the hearings of which I have experience  include preliminary hearings for the purposes of case management;  substantive preliminary hearings dealing with for example strike out applications or jurisdiction issues; and full merits hearings. 

Negotiation and settlement - I have significant experience of successfully negotiating settlements and drafting the relevant agreements both during early conciliation and after litigation has commenced.

If you are looking for assistance on a specific employment issue please give me a call to discuss your requirements.