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Vanessa WheelerVanessa Wheeler advises employees and employers on all areas of employment law. Vanessa has substantial experience in: pregnancy and maternity discrimination (including advocacy before the employment tribunal); flexible working issues and extensive experience in relation to compromise agreements. In a previous role she was funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to deal with pregnancy and maternity discrimination matters. Vanessa has commented on employment law for the Guardian and for BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. Vanessa can be contacted on 07852265 865 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave ChaplinDave Chaplin is CEO of ContractorCalculator.co.uk. He has lived and breathed contracting since he first took the plunge and became a professional contractor in 1997. Dave then spent seven years working as an IT contractor in the City of London on critical, cutting edge IT infrastructure and development projects for global players. Since launching ContractorCalculator in 2004, Dave has consulted with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs on the future of IR35 and on tax simplification. He has become a contracting guru influencing new generations of contractors through ContractorCalculator.
Angela MaclarenAngela has many years' experience in recruitment consultancy. She is a working mum and a writer.
Sejal RajaSejal Raja is a partner in RadcliffesLeBrasseur’s Employment Team. She advises employees and employers in a number of sectors, including charities and healthcare. Sejal advises extensively on all employment matters, including defending tribunal proceedings, advising on disciplinary and grievance procedures, and matters involving the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. Sejal regularly provides training for employers on various employment law matters. Sejal has been quoted in the Chambers, a leading legal directory as “an expert in handling discrimination claims. She impresses clients with her spot-on advice and creative thinking in dealing with complex matters”. Whilst not at work, Sejal enjoys spending quality time with her two young children.
Nicola O'DwyerNicola O'Dwyer is a an Associate Solicitor within the employment department at Downs Solicitors LLP, which has been recognised in the Legal 500. She advises both employers and employees on matters such as redundancy, unfair dismissal, grievance and disciplinary procedures, TUPE, discrimination and family friendly rights, including maternity, paternity and flexible working requests. As Nicola returned part time after having her two children she has a particular interest in ensuring that working mothers are treated fairly. Nicola can be contacted via the website www.downslaw.co.uk or on email@example.com.
Tara DaynesTara Daynes is a freelance HR and training consultant with 18 years’ post-graduate experience. She is a qualified Employment Law Paralegal and Fellow member of the CIPD, and specialises in employment law & how to apply it in the workplace. Tara is frequently featured in the media, including press commentary, business magazines and websites, radio interviews and a BBC documentary, as an HR and employment expert. www.taradayneshr.com
Alan LewisAlan Lewis is a partner and head of employment at national law firm Linder Myers which has offices in Manchester, Shropshire and Lancashire. Alan has in excess of 20 years' experience in employment law and acts for both employers and senior employees in a wide range of Employment Tribunal and High Court disputes. Some of his specialisms include: restrictive covenants and breaches of confidentiality; dismissals of directors and senior executives; pregnancy, maternity and part time workers discrimination; redundancy and transfer of undertakings; unfair dismissal and sex, race and disability discrimination; drafting directors service agreements, contracts of employment and staff handbooks. If you have an employment query, Alan Lewis can be contacted on 0844 984 6075 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information, including Alan's profile details and client testimonials visit www.lindermyers.co.uk
Griselda Kumordzie TogoboGriselda K Togobo is a consultant, mentor and speaker who is passionate about empowering women to start and grow profitable businesses. She blogs regularly at www.awovi.com and is the author of How to become an expert in 7 simple steps.
Maureen BaileyMaureen Bailey is an award-winning professional who specialises in women and equality issues. As well as managing a consultancy and network she coaches mentors and thrives on people aiming to be the best they can be. She has a Bachelor Law Degree, with honours and is a member of the National Mentoring Consortium. She was a former Chair of a Children’s Centre, governor of two schools and is now a trustee at a local children’s charity. Maureen has two daughters. See: www.innerstrengthnetwork.com
Sandra Beale set up SJ Beale HR Consult in February 2003 and delivers a high quality, flexible, professional HR consultancy to small to medium sized businesses. The HR services include telephone/email advice, on site support, employment documentation, HR training and employment tribunal representation. Sandra is able to provide clear, practical advice on any HR issue including grievance, discipline, dismissal, redundancy, TUPE, absence, re-structures, performance management, recruitment, pay & benefits, etc. www.sjbealehrconsult.co.uk