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Kirsty Cooke

Senior Associate

Biography

Kirsty is 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 employment 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.

 

Relevant experience

  • NHS Foundation Trust: Principal advisor to an NHS Foundation Trust (which has over 8,000 employees) on all employment law issues for over three years. Work carried out includes advising and representing the Trust in all Employment Tribunal cases, advising on TUPE and related "service provision change" issues, the review, preparation and application of HR policies, organisational change and re-structuring,the avoidance of discrimination, employment governance, employee payments, general employment relationship advice, criminal convictions, immigration issues, safeguarding issues and NHS Employment Standards.
  • London Borough Council: Acting for the council in race and disability discrimination complaints spanning a 9 year period brought by an employee of the Council. The case had to be handled sensitively as the claimant remained an employee at the time of her complaints. We successfully negotiated a settlement with the claimant at Judicial Mediation as part of which it was agreed that her employment would terminate.
  • Large manufacturing company: Advising the client on a collective redundancy programme which resulted in 80 employees being made redundant as a result of a workplace closure and transfer of the remaining business to Germany.
  • National utility company: Advising a company on terminating the employment of an employee who had been working for them without the relevant immigration permission for a 3 year period. Advice was also given to the company on making a voluntary disclosure to the Home Office, which successfully avoided a wide-scale audit and financial penalty.
  • London Borough Council: Taking over a case from in house lawyers at a London Borough Council three weeks before the final hearings in two linked unfair dismissal claims listed for ten and five days respectively in a situation where no directions had been complied with and there were over 3,000 disclosure documents.
Associate to watch, she is sensitive, accurate and helpful

Chambers 2016 for her immigration work