Kelly is an Associate Chartered Legal Executive, and head of our employment law team at Taylor&Emmet.
Kelly undertakes work for both employers and employees on both contentious and non-contentious matters covering all aspects of employment law. She studied Law at Sheffield Hallam University before undertaking an LLM in Commercial Law at the University of Sheffield.
Kelly has worked as an Employment Lawyer for over eight years. Having started her career at Howells LLP in 2008 as a Welfare Benefits Lawyer, she moved in to the employment department in February 2010 and has been practising employment law since. Until 2013, Kelly solely advised individuals under the Legal Help Scheme providing advice via a telephone helpline and assisting clients through disciplinary, grievance and capability procedures, and complicated Employment Tribunal claims, often involving multiple claims. Kelly successfully represented claimants in claims covering all aspects of employment law including non-payment of holiday pay resulting in an automatically unfair dismissal, discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy and maternity, sexual harassment, and TUPE. She conducted her own advocacy on a pro-bono basis in the Employment Tribunal, and as a Team Leader was responsible for checking the advice of and providing supervision to her team members.
In 2013, Kelly moved to DAC Beachcroft LLP where she joined the Employment Claims Solutions team specialising in Employment Tribunal litigation. Whilst at DAC Beachcroft, she represented national retailers and health care providers in Employment Tribunal litigation and successfully defended claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination as well as getting a claim relating to employment status struck out.
Following the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees and her qualification as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives Kelly moved to Elliot Mather LLP where she assisted both employers and employees on a variety of matters including a group of employees in respect of a failure to inform and consult with them prior to a TUPE transfer, advising a Trade Union on the dismissal of its General Secretary, and defending an individual accused of sexual harassment. She also provided frequent HR support and employment law advice to a national battery recycling company and its subsidiaries.
Kelly has been at Taylor & Emmet since 2016 and since joining the team has undertaken a variety of contentious and non-contentious work. Kelly particularly enjoys providing companies and charities with HR support via the T&E Complete package as she enjoys getting to know and working with the same clients on an ongoing basis. She is also involved with providing advice to members of a national organisation via a telephone helpline and has represented both individuals and employers in the Employment Tribunal including representing a national engineering company in defending a race discrimination claim. She has undertaken complex cases involving whistleblowing and underpayments of the National Minimum Wage. Kelly is very experienced in advising on Settlement Agreements and negotiating better terms for her clients including Senior Executives and Directors. When not advising clients directly, Kelly also delivers training to organisations on various elements of Employment Law and presents at regular seminars throughout the year. She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Industrial Law Society.
Kelly is a keen boulderer and runner, she loves cooking, eating, travelling and going to gigs.