Emily Bowden



Emily is an Associate in the Employment team advising on both contentious and non-contentious employment law matters for both corporate and individual clients. Emily qualified into the Employment team in 2019.

Emily provides employment law support to individuals as well as private and public sector entities for all stages of an employment relationship (from recruitment and onboarding through to dismissal, resignation and negotiated exit). Emily also frequently  supports clients through business sales, acquisitions and restructures with a specialism on advising on situations giving rise to the application of TUPE. 

In addition, Emily has substantial experience in bringing and defending claims in the Employment Tribunal. Emily’s experience includes claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and TUPE compliance complaints.

Alongside her role as an Associate, Emily is also the Chair of Ashfords’ Exeter Young Business Club (the XYBC) which organises networking events for young professionals in Exeter and raises funds for The Ashfords Foundation.

Relevant experience

  • Confidential – Logistics, Engineering and Technology Service Provider: Alongside her colleagues in the Immigration team, Emily works alongside the Company’s in-house legal team to provide employment law support for all stages of an employment relationship including recruitment and onboarding, performance management, capability, ill-health, disciplinaries, grievances, parental leave, change to contractual terms, dismissal, resignation and negotiated exit. This work has includes representing the Company in Employment Tribunal claims which arise.
  • Confidential – Fast Food Franchise Respondent:  Advised the franchisee of a large fast-food chain in relation to an Employment Tribunal claim for health & safety detriment, harassment on the grounds of race, age, sexual orientation and/or civil partnership, direct discrimination on the grounds of race, age, sexual orientation and/or civil partnership, victimisation, failure to make reasonable adjustments and an unlawful deduction from wages. This matter was complicated by the Claimant a) initially seeking to make various costs applications and applications for strike out as they were a litigant in person and b) remaining in employment with the client.

    In the end,  Emily managed to achieve a very commercial resolution to this case for this client through engaging in Judicial Mediation, which also amicably brought the employment relationship to an end between the parties without the need for our client to incur the time and cost of proceeding to a lengthy final hearing. 
  • Confidential – Private Medical Sector Respondent: Advised the client in relation to an Employment Tribunal claim for an unlawful deduction from wages, direct discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender reassignment, victimisation, harassment, whistleblowing detriment and dismissal. During the course of the proceedings, the Claimant made numerous serious and unfounded allegations against not only our client but also all those professionally involved in the defence of the Tribunal claim (including Emily, Counsel and the Judge(s) involved in determining various applications in this matter). The matter was successfully struck out and an anonymity order was granted by the Tribunal. 
  • Confidential – Individual Claimant: Representing an individual client in an Employment Tribunal claim against a previous employer for unfair dismissal and monies owed. Emily managed to secure a Judgment in her client’s favour for unfair dismissal and payment of monies owed. Emily also managed to successful secure a costs award in the client’s favour due to the employers unreasonable handling of preparing the matter for a Final Hearing.
  • National Contractor: Regularly advising a national construction company on the TUPE and LGPS issues arising on a range of services contracts, including the allocation of TUPE and LGPS risk and the preparation of appropriate TUPE drafting for such contracts, and review of Admission Agreement provisions. 

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