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Laura Donnelly

Associate Solicitor

Laura Middleton Associate Solicitor

“I advise employers and employees on a wide range of employment issues. I enjoy complicated discrimination cases, particularly disability discrimination and pregnancy and maternity issues.”

Intro

I am an experienced Employment Law solicitor based at our Brighton and Haywards Heath offices. I am described by the Legal 500 as “exceptional” and a Rising Star in the South-East.

Expertise

I have particular expertise in:

  • Bringing and defending Employment Tribunal claims
  • All types of workplace discrimination, particularly pregnancy and maternity discrimination and disability discrimination
  • Negotiating Settlement Agreements for employer and employee
  • Director exits and disputes
  • Drafting employment contracts, policies and procedures
  • Advising on TUPE, reorganisation and redundancy processes
  • Assisting with grievance and disciplinary processes
  • Unfair dismissal and constructive dismissal, including whistleblowing

Clients

I represent a full range of employees from junior level up to  directors and shareholders. I work hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for my clients, guiding through litigation when necessary and seeking to achieve settlement where possible. I work on cases funded by legal expenses insurance as well as those that are privately funded.

My employer clients include businesses in sectors such as finance, recruitment and retail, as well as local charities. I encourage employers to deal with matters efficiently and fairly in order to avoid the risks of litigation.

Qualifications

I graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a 2:1. After a year of working as a paralegal I completed the Legal Practice Course at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, graduating with a Distinction. I qualified as a Solicitor in September 2012.

I am a member of the Employment Lawyer’s Association.

Other experience

Before joining Martin Searle Solicitors as a specialist employment lawyer, I worked for a commercial firm where I also practiced in property law.

I have also volunteered at the Citizens Advice Bureau, providing initial advice to members of the community in relation to employment, housing and debt problems.

I have a life too

In my spare time enjoy going for long walks and bike rides. I am also a foodie and enjoy cooking for friends and family.

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