Kirsty Cooke

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.

Kirsty is named a "notable practitioner" in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2015 and "Associate to Watch" in Chambers 2016 for her immigration work, and is praised for being "sensitive, accurate and helpful".

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.
  • 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.
  • Local authority: Successfully defending claims for constructive unfair dismissal and whistleblowing brought by the former Clerk of a Town Council.
  • Social housing provider: Advising the client 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.

Kirsty Cooke

Kirsty Cooke

Senior Associate

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