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Verity Slater

Partner

  01872 265100
  employment@stephens-scown.co.uk

Verity is an experienced partner who helps resolve disputes between businesses and employees, whether before or through employment tribunal cases. She also works in partnership with businesses to proactively improve their HR practices, with a particular emphasis on ethical people management - to create happy and engaged workforces. She also is an expert on employment issues arising in commercial transactions.

She is recognised in the Legal 500 as a leader in her field as ‘highly skilled’, who is rated for her ‘clarity and precision’.  She seeks effective solutions for each client’s unique circumstance.

Chambers 2019 flags that Verity represents many of Cornwall and South Devon's most iconic large employers, as well as a number of schools and growth-stage businesses. She is valued by clients for her ability to provide "pertinent employment law advice, and her willingness to go out of her way to offer support with difficult cases."

Verity qualified as a solicitor in September 2002 after training in a large national law firm.  She has a Law Degree from the University of East Anglia (Norwich – LLB (Hons)) and obtained a distinction in the Legal Practice Course at the University of the West of England (Bristol).

Recent work includes:

- providing day to day practical guidance to employers and HR officers on handling tricky employment law issues, including whistleblowing, stress and discrimination complaints.

- leading on large scale workforce transformation and redundancy processes, including collective consultation with Trade Unions

- helping senior executives negotiate an exit from their position whilst achieving a fair departure package and settlement agreement

- assisting those buying and selling businesses comply with the TUPE regulations, undertake consultation with employees and advising them on appropriate protective clauses to be included in the commercial agreements

- advising a business in respect of an employee who had gone to work for a competitor in breach of their restrictive covenants, securing a stop to that work and obtaining compensation for the company for the unlawful disclosure of confidential information

- obtaining employment tribunal compensation for employees who have been unfairly dismissed or discriminated against

- drafting restrictive covenants for senior executives and directors for a Europe-wide Business controlling damaging competition across various specific geographical areas in a specific sector.

- defending employees against damaging allegations of gross misconduct and breach of regulatory duty, including representing employees through national processes that seek to bar them from their chosen profession

- obtaining employment tribunal compensation for employees who have been unfairly dismissed or discriminated against

- defending employment tribunal claims for Employers for breach of contract, unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing, including undertaking Tribunal advocacy where appropriate.

Marine Sector Experience

A keen sailor from Falmouth, Verity also heads up our marine team and is passionate and knowledgeable about businesses in and around the water. As well as her usual assistance, she helps marine businesses where employees have breached marine regulatory requirements or are not performing. She also assists yacht and sailing clubs facing employment tribunal claims.

She also acts for clients in the food and drink, charitable, education and mining sectors.

Verity is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association. She is also a charity trustee for the Truro School Foundation.

She likes racing and sailing on the Carrick Roads, surfing, singing in the firm’s choir, camping in beautiful Cornwall and spending time with her family.

For recommendations and testimonials see https://uk.linkedin.com/in/verity-slater-3086594

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