Professional Support Lawyer
Liz qualified as a Solicitor in September 2000 after completing her training contract at an international law firm. She has specialised purely in employment law since qualification. Liz joined Birketts in 2014 as a Professional Support Lawyer in our Employment Team.
Her role as a Professional Support Lawyer (PSL) means that Liz provides technical legal support to the Employment Team in all aspects of its work, helping to ensure consistent delivery of high quality and commercial legal advice in an area of law that is complex and often very fast-moving.
Liz’s role includes assisting both colleagues and clients in keeping track of employment law changes, writing regular client bulletins, articles and newsletters reporting on new legislation, statutory guidance and any significant decisions from the courts and tribunals. We recognise how important it is for our clients within the HR community to keep up to date with the latest legal developments and to understand the practical implications for their own organisation. Liz particularly enjoys communicating complex legal concepts in a way that is meaningful for the reader.
Liz is responsible for capturing internal legal ‘knowhow’; maintaining the team’s suite of precedent employment documentation and ensuring sharing of knowledge and expertise within the employment team and across the Birketts offices. She coordinates and delivers regular internal team training sessions. She also manages the contents of the Birketts HR BOSS online subscription resource, which provides clients with access to a wide range of HR guidance and template documents.
A large part of Liz’s role as a PSL involves designing and preparing all the materials for our regular and very popular Early Birds seminars and annual employment law updates for HR professionals. She is also responsible for organising and writing the content for our bi-annual employment conferences, which usually attract over 200 delegates from across the region.
Liz works closely alongside her PSL colleagues from other legal disciplines within our knowledge management team, together coordinating various firm-wide initiatives. This includes assisting in the development and delivery of our new Birketts Certificate in Law and Practice, designed to enhance the technical skills of our newly-qualified solicitors and prepare them for the next stage of their legal career.
Liz is based in our Norwich office.
Liz is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) and the PSL Employment Network (PEN) group of professional support lawyers, which provides a collaborative forum for employment PSLs across the country.