Catherine joined Birketts’ Employment Team from an international City law firm in 2009. She heads up the Ipswich Employment Team and advises high profile clients, many of whom are well known brands and household names, in all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment law.
Catherine specialises in advising and assisting her clients to run projects whether that be a setting up and assisting HR Operations and Shared Service functions (with the assistance of our on-line HR portal (HR Boss), corporate M&A, facilities management, TUPE transfers, harmonisation of terms and conditions and contracts of employment, large-scale collective redundancy exercises, bulk settlement agreements, reorganisations and business relocations all on a national and international scale.
Catherine partners with organisations to assist and advise on HR and people strategies including People team design, priorities, implementation and landing large projects within the business, engagement and culture. This work is often with the CPO/HRD, CEO and COO.
Many of Catherine’s clients are in this space and she advises them on all aspects of employment law ensuring that the relevant business has the right foundations in place often after a rapid period of growth or in preparation for an IPO. Catherine works closely with HR Operations experts on ensuring that appropriate policy and practice is in place and with CPO’s on their strategic aims for their People Plans.
Multiple Employment Tribunal Services
Catherine runs a team of specialist employment lawyers who run volume employment tribunal claims. The team create an efficient and streamlined process for claims. They work with a wide range of clients who have multiple ET claims and work alongside these clients to efficiently run each stage of the process effectively and firmly whilst being pragmatic and commercial where appropriate.
High level and Executive matters
Catherine works with her clients on a wide range of Executive matters (offers of employment, Executive service agreements, directorships and senior exits) along with advising on implementing and enforcing restrictive covenants. Catherine adopts a partnering approach whether that is with the CPO, CEO, CFO or Chair to plan Executive matters particularly complex and highly confidential exits where often advice can only be sought externally.