Rebecca Hughes

  • Experience

Rebecca is an Associate with three years of dedicated experience, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise in employment law.

Rebecca joined Birketts in July 2021 as a Solicitor in our Employment Team.  Before joining Birketts, Rebecca gained experience working as an Employment Solicitor at a regional law firm and completed her training contract with a firm of Solicitors based in London.

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

Her passion for employment law, commitment to client success, and track record of delivering results make her an invaluable resource for her clients. She has successfully represented numerous companies, providing comprehensive legal advice on various employment issues.

She consistently delivers strategic solutions tailored to each client’s needs, from drafting employment contracts to navigating complex disputes. She understands that each organisation is unique and tailors her legal advice to meet specific needs and goals. Whether for a small start-up or a large corporation, Rebecca provides personalised solutions to protect the businesses interests and minimise legal risks.

Rebecca stays updated with the latest legal developments to ensure her clients receive the most current and effective advice.

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, harassment and whistleblowing.

She represents both Claimants / Employees and Respondents / Employers and is regularly instructed in complex claims involving difficult legal or factual issues.

Human Resources Guidance for Employers

Rebecca finds pragmatic solutions to issues that Employers face over the course of employment. Rebecca supports HR professionals on issues that may have arisen, including disciplinary and grievance procedures and helps guide her clients through the correct processes. 

Rebecca also acts for HR professionals to prevent future issues and advises on sickness absence, disciplinary and grievance procedures 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). Rebecca has particular expertise in complex holiday pay issues and the Working Time Regulations 1998.

Collective Information and Consultation Exercises and Projects

Rebecca assists organisations in conducting collective redundancy exercises and managing projects.

Settlement Agreements / ACAS Settlements (COT3)

Rebecca drafts, negotiates and provides advice on settlement agreements for individual employees and employers and has particular experience in carrying out volume/bulk settlement agreements for businesses.

Rebecca also facilitates settlements via ACAS (COT3), where it is more appropriate and cost-effective for her clients. Rebecca has particular expertise in employer-led bulk COT3 agreements (more than ten employees) as part of larger-scale collective redundancy projects and restructuring.

Health and Social Care Sector 

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

Hospitality and Leisure Sector

Due to her expertise in relation to the hospitality sector, Rebecca is also part of the Hospitality and Leisure sector team.

Regulatory panel

Rebecca also has expertise in providing legal advice to professional panels convened to determine misconduct allegations.

Rebecca is based at our Ipswich office. 

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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