Hazel is a member of the HRExpress team providing clients with advice on a wide variety of HR and employment matters including in relation to holiday pay, working pay issues, performance management and disciplinary procedures. She reviews and drafts employment contracts and handbooks both for HRExpress clients and as stand alone instructions. In addition, Hazel supports corporate transactional matters and provides assistance with employment tribunal litigation, acting on behalf of both claimants and respondents.
Hazel is experienced in advising businesses, across many sectors with a particular focus on charity, social housing and food and drink clients.
Hazel studied law at the University of Plymouth and qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in September 2014.
Recent work includes:
- advising a client on historic underpayments of holiday, calculating payments due, advising on how to resolve any complaints arising from the underpayments and ensuring compliance with the laws surrounding holiday pay in the future
- advising a client on the legal grounds for monitoring their employees and putting the necessary framework in place so that any data gathered from the monitoring could be used lawfully
- advising a client on a complex restructure including consideration of selection pools which enabled the client to simplify their process and retain key employees
- assisting in an employment tribunal claim, supporting a claimant pursue a claim for sexual harassment
- assisting in the successful defence of an employment tribunal claim for unfair dismissal brought against a charitable organisation by its former CEO
- assisting in an employment tribunal claim, brought by an employee of the NHS pursuing a claim for losses arising out of detrimental treatment following disclosures he had made with a view to patient protection
- drafting tailored post termination restrictive covenants and retention bonuses for key employees in a large international company, with a view both to protecting the risk of damage to the business by their departure and also encouraging employees loyalty.
Outside of work she enjoys getting muddy out on her mountain bike, cycling over the moors and on trails.