Kirsty Cooke

Kirsty is a Senior Associate in the Employment Team.

Her area of practice covers all aspects of employment law and HR, and advising on immigration related employment issues. Kirsty advises employers in both the public and private sectors on a range of issues including conducting disciplinary and grievance processes, managing sickness absence, restructuring and redundancy, the employment aspects of major transactions and the defence of employment tribunal litigation.

Kirsty also advises on business immigration issues, including migrant workers' right to work in the UK, sponsor obligations, sponsor licence applications and visa applications under Tier 1 and Tier 2.

Kirsty is named as a notable practitioner in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2015 for her business immigration practice, and is praised for being "sensitive, accurate and helpful."

Relevant Experience

  • Advising a national utility company on terminating the employment of an employee who had been working for them without the relevant immigration permission for a 5 year period. Advice was also given to the company on making a voluntary disclosure to the UKBA, which successfully avoided a wide-scale audit and financial penalty.
  • Defending successfully claims for constructive unfair dismissal and whistleblowing brought by the former Town Clerk of Tiverton Town Council.
  • Advising a social housing provider on the employment implications following the arrest of an employee who had been charged with the murder of a resident, including on requests by the police to search employment records and DNA test employees.
  • Defending successfully a long running claim for unfair dismissal against a utility company brought by a vexatious litigant in person. Claims for race, sex and disability discrimination were also successfully knocked out at an early stage of the case at a Preliminary Hearing.
  • Advising a Local Authority Controlled Trust on a large scale restructure and related redundancy programme. As part of the restructure, advice was given on a number of sensitive issues including avoiding potential issues of maternity and part-time discrimination.
  • Acting for an American pharmaceutical company and its UK subsidiary on the application for a Sponsor Licence for the UK company and the transfer of a US senior manager under Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) to the UK.
Kirsty Cooke

Kirsty Cooke

Senior Associate

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Employment