Kirsty is a Partner in the Employment Team and leads the Firm’s Immigration practice.
Kirsty predominantly works with employers, in both the public and private sectors, on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment law and HR issues and on immigration-related employment issues. Kirsty has particular experience advising employers in the healthcare and technology sectors, including large NHS trusts, care providers and fast growing businesses.
Kirsty trained with Ashfords, qualifying in March 2008.
During her time with the Firm, in addition to her employment practice, she set up and has grown the Firm’s Immigration practice which is ranked as Tier 1 in Legal 500 2023.
Kirsty is praised by clients for providing 'helpful, clear and firm' advice and is rated as a ‘rising star’ in both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories.
NHS Foundation Trust: Principal advisor to an NHS Foundation Trust on all employment law and immigration issues for over nine years. Work carried out includes:
National Logistics Firm: as the main employment adviser to the client, Kirsty has provided pragmatic, commercial and strategic advice on a number of issues including:
Boutique Hotel Group: Kirsty defended the client in a constructive unfair dismissal and whistleblowing detriment claim by a former employee. The Claimant was a litigant in person with mental health difficulties, so a robust but careful approach had to be taken to managing the litigation. Kirsty successfully negotiated a favourable commercial settlement for her client, to avoid the time and costs of a final hearing, at which the claimant wanted to call 20 witnesses.
National Care Provider: advising the organisation on numerous serious compliance issues relating to its sponsored workers and its Sponsor Licence. In addition to resolving the compliance issues, managing employment related claims and dealing with reputational management issues such as responding to press articles, we conducted a full scale on-site audit of the client’s Sponsor Licence with robust recommendations for resolving issues identified.
UAE early-stage Venture Capital Firm: Kirsty represented the newly incorporated UK subsidiary company with obtaining a Sponsor Licence to sponsor/employ a key individual in the UK and advising and on numerous ancillary UK immigration and employment issues.