Rebecca Hughes


Solicitor

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Experience

Rebecca joined Birketts in July 2021 as a Solicitor in our Employment Team

After studying at the University of West London from which she graduated with a 2:1 degree in Law. Rebecca went on to study the Legal Practice Course at BPP University in London where she graduated with a distinction.

Prior to joining Birketts, Rebecca gained experience working as an Employment Solicitor at a regional law firm and completed her training contract with a nationwide firm of Solicitors based in London, where she qualified as a Solicitor in September 2020.

Rebecca advises both employers and employees on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious issues.

Settlement Agreements for Individuals and Employers

Rebecca drafts, negotiates and provides advice on settlement agreements for both individual employees and employers and has particular experience in carrying out volume / bulk settlement agreements for businesses. Rebecca prides herself on providing clear and effective advice to her clients on the terms and effects of the settlement agreements and provides assistance with the process from the initial consultation to final execution.

ACAS Settlements – COT3

Rebecca also executes settlements via ACAS (COT3) where it is more appropriate and cost effective for her clients. Again, Rebecca provides transparent advice to her clients about the terms and effects of the agreements and will liaise with ACAS or representatives on her client’s behalf to ensure a timely and effective agreement is reached.

Employment Tribunal Claims

Rebecca provides commercial advice and assistance to a wide range of clients in varying industry sectors to effectively manage their Employment Tribunal claims, commonly including wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, discrimination, victimisation and harassment. She represents both Claimants / Employees and Respondents / Employers.

Rebecca provides strategic advice from the outset of the claim through to full hearing, assessing the individual merits of the claim or defence and giving tailored strategic guidance to her client throughout in order to meet their desired outcome.

Bespoke Contracts and Policies

Rebecca frequently drafts and reviews policies and procedures, employment contracts (for both junior and senior employees), apprenticeship agreements, consultancy agreements and service agreements. Rebecca provides guidance on the terms contained within the contracts / agreements and tailors the documents to ensure that they are legally compliant and effective for the needs of the client’s organisation.

Human Resources Guidance for Employers

Rebecca finds pragmatic solutions to issues that Employers face over the course of employment. Rebecca provides support to HR professionals on issues that may have already arisen including disciplinary and grievance procedures and helps guide her clients through the correct processes. 
Rebecca also acts from HR professional to prevent future issues and advises on sickness absence, disciplinary and grievance procedure and employee rights such as holiday pay, sick pay, working time, and all types of family leave (including maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave and pay).

Health and Social Care Sector 

Rebecca provides specialist employment advice to clients operating within the Health and Social Care sector. Rebecca partners with the client to resolve issues and/or claims that may have arisen and to provide tailored advice to meet the specific needs and demands of this area.

Rebecca is based at our Ipswich office. 

Other Information

Rebecca has travelled to 21 countries to date, prior to, during and after her studies, this has included living and working in New Zealand.  

Outside of work, Rebecca volunteers in the employment department at the South West London Law Centre and is studying to become a notary

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