Kayi Lau is Abbey's Corporate Services Unit Manager, which includes the XpertHR Team. She qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and worked for both a national firm in London and a niche practice in West Sussex before joining Abbey in March 2006. She has experience both in employment tribunal litigation and in advising employers and employees on employment law and HR issues. She has also drafted a variety of documentation to assist employers, such as newsletters and guidance notes on recent changes in employment law.
Nick Bailey qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and was in private practice until he joined Abbey Legal in November 2000. An employment law specialist for many years, Nick also has a strong academic interest in the subject and has completed a masters degree in employment law and industrial relations.
Sarah Browne works as a Corporate Services Unit legal advisor, which includes being part of the XpertHR Team. She qualified as a solicitor in 2006, having trained at a well-respected South Coast firm before moving to an employment team at a firm in Lewes. She joined the Employment Support Unit at Abbey Legal in October 2007 and moved to the Corporate Services Unit in August 2008. Sarah has experience in advising both employers and employees on various aspects of employment law and has a particular interest in maternity and family friendly rights.
Tracey Collinson Smee
Tracey Collinson Smee is a solicitor and member of Abbey's Corporate Services Unit. She had many years experience in private practice dealing with litigious matters prior to joining Abbey in 2004. Immediately before joining Abbey she was practice manager at a niche firm and has been responsible, among other things, for training and managing lawyers and other staff. Tracey has several years experience in advising HR professionals and business managers on a variety of employment law issues. She aims to assist clients in achieving their business objectives when it comes to HR issues whilst attempting to minimise risk.
Olivia Irvine is a solicitor and a senior legal adviser in the Corporate Services Team. Olivia qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and she then worked as an in-house employment solicitor in industry and in London advising on all aspects of employment law. She has practical experience of employment tribunal litigation, advising on contracts, policies and staff handbooks and presenting seminars aimed at HR professionals and senior managers.
Meena Jindal is a solicitor specialising in employment law and senior legal adviser in the Corporate Services Team. She obtained an honours degree in law and spent four years at an established City of London firm before joining the team in January 2005. Meena has extensive experience in advising employers on a variety of employment law issues. She has presented at many employment law seminars aimed at HR professionals. Meena has practical experience in Employment Tribunal litigation and, on an academic level has previously contributed to an edition of Tolley's.
Rita Kattah was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2003 after having previously qualified as a Barrister in 1998. She worked in commercial and civil litigation practices before specialising exclusively in employment law from 2006. She has advised and represented both employees and employers in employment tribunals. Rita joined the Corporate Services Unit at Abbey in February 2009.
Diccon Maude is a solicitor specialising in employment law and joined Abbey in February 2009. He read Law with European Legal Systems and worked for four years at an established city firm before working in the legal sector in commerce and industry, after qualifying as a solicitor in March 2002. At his previous firm Diccon gained extensive experience in advising HR professionals to a high level on all aspects of employment law, including recruitment, contracts and policies, major restructuring and redundancy exercises and tribunal litigation, as well as speaking at regular seminars on a range of employment law and HR topics.
Edward Pearce is Manager of Abbey's Employment Consultancy Team. He qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and joined Abbey in 1999. Since then he has continued to specialise in employment law. Before joining the team, he worked as a solicitor in private practice. His particular area of expertise is in non-contentious employment matters, including drafting contracts of employment, negotiating compromise agreements, assisting with the implementation of disciplinary exercises and redundancy programmes and delivering training and seminars on employment law to managers and HR professionals.
Annie Lavelle is a solicitor and joined Abbey's Corporate Services team in August 2009. She studied social anthropology at Sussex University and went on to the College of Law in Guildford to complete her Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course. Annie qualified in 2007, having completed her training contract at a one of the top national firms. She has extensive knowledge of employment law within a care standards context having previously spent two years working at Abbey's Employment Care Homes Unit.
Murray Fairclough is Abbey's Director of Legal Services. He is a barrister, called in 1993, and specialist employment lawyer. In 1999, he was awarded a Doctorate by the University of Leicester for his research into civil legal aid and the legal expenses insurance industry. Prior to joining Abbey in 1998, Murray was in private practice and worked in-house for Royal & Sun Alliance. He is a published author and regular contributor to BBC radio.
Claire Birkinshaw is Abbey's Legal information Manager. She read law at the University of Manchester. Having qualified as a solicitor in 1994, she worked at two of the top ten London law firms and as legal adviser to the Ministry of Defence before joining Abbey in October 1998. Claire's primary responsibility is to provide employment law know-how and technical support to Abbey's legal team and she has gained extensive experience in employment law during her legal career. Claire also writes articles for the XpertHR web site on a regular basis.
Stuart England heads Abbey's Employment Litigation Team. Stuart is a solicitor and originally practised as a criminal lawyer before becoming a specialist employment litigator and advocate. Stuart is an experienced trial lawyer with a particular interest in discrimination claims.