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Alison has experience acting for both employers and employees in the Employment Tribunal, and provides clear advice and guidance to those wishing to initiate or defend proceedings in the Employment Tribunal.  She also undertakes representation in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.  She is a member of the Employment Law Bar Association.

Alison's main areas of expertise include:-

  • Unfair Dismissal, Constructive Dismissal and Wrongful Dismissal;
  • Redundancy;
  • Grievance and Disciplinary procedures;
  • Undertaking disciplinary investigations for employers in situations where it is not suitable for the employer to carry out the investigation, for example, due to perceived prejudice, or where the person under investigation is a senior member of staff;
  • Discrimination on grounds of race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, age, or disability;
  • Equal Pay;
  • Working time;
  • Part-time working, temporary workers and fixed term contracts;
  • Maternity and Paternity rights;
  • Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE); and
  • Data Protection.

Alison has experience of dealing with complex cases with large volumes of documents, and is able to quickly ascertain the main issues.  She has knowledge of the policies and procedures implemented in many public authorities, including the NHS and Civil Service.  Prior to being called to the Bar, she worked in the Employment and Social Affairs Directorate of the European Commission in Brussels, specialising in the Working Time Directive and data protection legislation.

Alison is a skilled negotiator and many of her cases come to a settlement to the satisfaction of both parties, due to her negotiations.

Alison often takes on tribunal cases which have been referred through the Free Representation Unit (FRU), and provides employment advice in cases referred by the Bar Pro Bono Unit.  In addition she will take on cases where her work is a disbursement under a Conditional Fee Arrangement, and offers her services at a reduced rate to those suffering exceptional hardship (see the Hardship Cases link).

As a Public Access barrister she can take instructions directly from members of the public without the need for referral by a solicitor. 

Contact Alison at gurdena@btinternet.comor or complete the contact form for further information on any of Alison's employment law services.

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