Paula has over 20 years’ experience practising employment law and provides clear and practical advice to all clients in all aspects of employment matters including:
This is one of Paula’s specialist areas and she ensures her clients understand the terms of the settlement agreement and that they receive the best settlement.
One client said:
“Paula Stuart provided excellent service from both a legal and advisory perspective. With the advice she provided, I was able to obtain a better settlement outcome without complex negotiations. She ensured I understood every clause in the Settlement Agreement. I will have no hesitation in recommending Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors to others.” Mrs B
Redundancy and Business Reorganisation
At this time when many businesses are impacted by COVID19 Paula is working with clients to help consider all options to try and avoid redundancies but when this is not possible she will help plan a fair redundancy programme to try and minimise the impact on the workforce during what is a very difficult and stressful time.
General HR and Employment Law advice
All businesses need HR and employment advice. Paula takes the time to get to know her clients so she can work in partnership with them to deal with HR issues or help resolve workplace disputes quickly including disciplinary and grievance matters, working time and maternity leave.
Contracts and Policies
All employees are entitled to a written statement of employment particulars on or before the first day of their employment which must contain certain information. Paula advises clients on the various contractual terms and policies available to ensure the contract meet the needs of the client and protects the business.
Employment Tribunal Claims
Paula advises both employers and employees in dealing with Employment Tribunal claims and therefore has the benefit of seeing it from both sides which gives her that added advantage. She has acted for both employer and employee in serious and complex discrimination and sexual harassment claims as well as unfair dismissal claims.
Barrister, Caroline Jennings says:
“I have worked with Paula on lengthy and complicated discrimination claims, including some most serious allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace. She is incredibly professional, well prepared and goes above and beyond for her clients.”
Paula also delivers bespoke seminars to clients to meet their specific training needs. Recent courses include ‘The Essentials of Employment Law’ and ‘Best Practice when Managing Redundancies’
In addition Paula is the Marketing Partner for the firm and led the project for the rebrand and new website which she is immensely proud of.
Outside of work Paula spends her time with her family and her two horses, one of which is a young rescue pony from the Bluecross.
""Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors provided a fully customer-focused service where I felt my interests were the key focus and priority. The details of my case were examined fully and exhaustively with clarification sought for every detail. At every stage I was given very clear advice and guidance with the implications of every aspect of my case explained definitively. Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors enabled me to make a reasoned, informed and confident decision regarding my position and this enabled me to progress my case to a conclusion that represented my best interests. I would not have the slightest hesitation in returning to the firm for advice and guidance should I require this again in the future." HC, Settlement Agreement"HC