“You don’t seem
like a lawyer…”

“You don’t seem
like a lawyer…”

“You don’t seem like a lawyer…”

Lawyers have a pretty bad reputation. The stereotype paints us as superior, hard-nosed, argumentative, unapproachable and, of course, expensive…

I’m on a mission to change that reputation. Because yes, I am driven, determined and committed to seeing justice done. But I’m also a real person like you – a mum, a friend, a business owner.

And I’m passionate about helping small businesses succeed by providing them with cost-effective expert legal advice, support and representation. For me it’s all about working closely with my clients and building relationships. That’s why I chose to be a direct access barrister.

What is a direct access barrister?

You could access a barrister via a solicitor. Your solicitor would work with you – usually via phone or email – to prepare your case and then brief the barrister to act on your behalf.

With a direct access barrister you cut out the middleman and get a more personalised service. This means you might have to do a little of the legwork yourself – things like filing and serving documents, all under my supervision and guidance – but you gain a big cost saving. I can charge by the hour, day or project depending on what works best for your situation.

My qualifications and experience

One thing that is true of lawyers is that we have to study – a lot. My qualifications include:

  • Law LLB degree (Hons) (2:1), University of the West of England
  • Postgraduate Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent), University of the West of England
  • Postgraduate LLM Commercial Law, Cardiff University

As an employment law specialist I have worked with employers on a wide range of HR and associated issues including:

  • Disciplinary and grievance cases
  • Complaints of bullying, discrimination and harassment
  • Redundancies and restructures
  • Drafting and amending contracts of employment
  • Managing absence and ill health
  • Whistleblowing allegations and complaints
  • Transferring employment  (TUPE)
  • Annual leave and holiday pay
  • Shared parental leave
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption rights
  • Flexible working requests
  • Drafting restrictive covenants
  • Termination of employment
  • Notice periods and claims of wrongful dismissal
  • Claims of constructive and unfair dismissal
  • Training for employers and managers
  • Drafting policies
  • Advising on employment tribunal procedure

Picking up the phone is free

Whatever employment issue you’re facing, give me a call today to see how I can help. You won’t be charged for your initial consultation and I’ll always be up front about the costs that could be involved in your case so you can budget accordingly.

  • Kerry gave straightforward, easy to understand and incredibly helpful advice which allowed us to grow our business without a lot of the stress!

    Jenna Wilson, Little Dreams Consulting, 2018
  • Kerry has sharp analytical skills

    Legal 500, 2015
  • Her advocacy is structured, sharp and effective.

    Chambers & Partners, 2018
  • She is very quick to respond. She’s very knowledgeable and is also good with clients.

    Chambers & Partners, 2017
  • (Kerry) was incredibly understanding of what we needed and provided a fantastic service! If you are a small business, looking for sensible and easy to understand employment advice, you have found what you are looking for!

    Jenna Wilson, Little Dreams Consulting, 2018
  • She has a very good strategic brain.

    Legal 500, 2017
  • A pure employment specialist.

    Legal 500, 2016
  • A dependable employment specialist.

    Legal 500, 2014
  • She was really great and really organised. She made my client feel very relaxed at the hearing. Her analysis of the case was very strong, her attention to detail was excellent and she would not stop questioning until she got the desired answer.

    Chambers and Partners, 2019
  • Highly experienced in discrimination claims

    Legal 500, 2018
  • Kerry handled an employment tribunal for a client of mine. Absolutely support representation. Thanks Kerry.

    Natasha Kearslake, Organic P & O Solutions

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