Hayley Marles

Senior Associate


Hayley is a Senior Associate in the Employment Team. Hayley qualified in 2008 and specialises in advising on all manner of employment related issues affecting employers.

Hayley regularly provides advice to businesses in resolving workplace disputes, provides guidance on managing internal processes, HR advice and support. She has particular experience advising employers in the education, health and social care and not for profit sectors.

She has particular experience in assisting and advising businesses in defending Employment Tribunal claims including unfair dismissal, discrimination, protected disclosures and wages claims.

Hayley has supported organisations in taking proactive and preventive action to avoid future employment related claims in working with clients to understand their business.

Prior to joining Ashfords, Hayley worked for a law firm in Bristol where she provided assistance to both employees and employers in resolving workplace issues both prior to and during litigation in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Hayley was nominated for an award in the 'Woman in Insurance Awards' in 2020 for her work in providing legal services and advice for those in the insurance sector.

Relevant experience

  • Various MATs (multi-academy trusts): successfully defending claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing complaints linked to safeguarding and alleged malpractice and unlawful deduction of wages;
  • International call centre of over 5,000 employees: providing advice and assistance to HR Business Partners in managing restructuring, redundancies and sickness absence. Defending all Employment Tribunal claims and providing reflective guidance on working practices;
  • Successfully brought group claims for 27 employees for failings following a redundancy process.
  • Academy Trust: Successfully defended claims for religious discrimination and sexual orientation discrimination.
  • Defended group Employment Tribunal claims brought by employees for claims relating to unpaid bonuses and commission accrued during holiday periods;
  • Various clients: advised and successfully negotiated Settlement Agreements for both employee and employer clients and supported clients in mediation.

Awards and Accreditations

Legal 500 Rising Star 2024

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