Contributor Profile profile for Moorcrofts
Employment specialists Matt Jenkin, Nicola Whelan, solicitor, Sally Nesbitt, solicitor
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Matt has over 20 years’ experience as an employment lawyer and has recently joined Moorcrofts as an Employment Partner.
Matt regularly advises employers and senior executives across a broad range of employment law matters including drafting employment contracts, employment policies and procedures, day-to-day HR/employment law support, advising on business reorganisations, transfer of undertakings (TUPE), termination arrangements and settlement agreements and employment tribunal claims including complex multi-day discrimination claims. Matt also provides regular training to clients on a broad range of employment law topics.
Matt’s specialties include advising clients across a broad range of sectors on protecting their business from the activities of ex-employees. This includes drafting restrictive covenants/ post termination restrictions, ensuring the employment policies support the restrictions, providing practical advice to deal with immediate aftermath of a departing employee including team moves, obtaining injunctions to prevent breach of restrictions, and securing damages for breach of restrictions.
The University of Sheffield (1992)
Law Society Finals
College of Law, Chester (1993)
+44 1628 470007 (DDI)
Nicola is an associate solicitor in the employment team. She joined Moorcrofts in 2014. Prior to this, she completed her training contract with Fladgate LLP, qualifying as a solicitor in their employment team in 2006. In 2008 she joined Kemp Little LLP and undertook a broad range of contentious and non-contentious employment work, acting predominantly for corporate clients.
Nicola’s experience includes strategic and day to day HR advice (for example, in relation to redundancy consultations, absence management, discrimination and disciplinary and grievance processes), advising on executive terminations, drafting employment contracts, executive service agreements, consultancy agreements and staff handbooks, drafting and enforcement of post-termination restrictive covenants, advising on employment litigation and disputes, advising on employment issues arising from the use of social media, and advising on employment aspects of M&A transactions, including TUPE.
Examples of Nicola’s recent work include:
Advising a UK technology company in relation to an organisational restructure, including redundancy consultation requirements, selection processes and alternative employment;
Defending and settling an Employment Tribunal claim for sex discrimination and unfair dismissal following a TUPE transfer;
Advising employer on potential breach of restrictive covenants by ex-employees, preparing letters before action to ex-employees and new employer and successfully obtaining undertakings from the relevant parties;
Advising on the employment aspects of a business transfer, including due diligence and TUPE consultation process; and
Advising employer on assessment and management of disabled employee.
Bachelor of Law (LLB) 2:1
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (2000)
Legal Practice Course, Commendation
University of Northumbria (2001)
Masters Degree in Employment Law (LLM) Distinction
University of Northumbria (2016)
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Sally has specialised in employment law since she qualified as a solicitor in 2005. She joined Moorcrofts in 2016, having previously been a partner in the Thames Valley offices of Penningtons Manches LLP.
Sally advises on all aspects of employment law, ranging from disciplinary and grievances processes through to more complex issues such as redundancies, discrimination issues, TUPE (Transfers of undertakings) and business restructuring arrangements. Sally has extensive experience of managing Employment Tribunal proceedings and works closely with colleagues from other departments to provide support on the employment aspects of corporate and commercial transactions. She has worked with clients from a wide range of sectors including professional services, hospitality, retail, environmental services, facilities management and charities.
In addition to the support which she offers to employers, Sally also advises senior employees on their contracts of employment, disputes with their employers and issues arising from the termination of their employment.
LLB Law degree (2:1)
University of Nottingham (2002)
Legal Practice Course (Distinction)
College of Law, York (2003)