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Amy White

Partner

Amy is an Employment Partner and a key member of the Firm’s Employment Team that advises corporate and individual clients across the South East, including Brighton & Hove.

Amy’s Clients

Amy supports a diverse and wide range of businesses, from start-ups looking to establish HR policies and procedures, right through to established organisations who may need advice in connection with managing employee relations issues or handling organisational change.

Amy also advises individuals who require employment advice in connection with matters such as unfair dismissal, discrimination, breach of contract and settlement agreements.

Amy manages the Firm’s GatekeeperHR service – a comprehensive HR and employment law retainer package that provides full support for business owners and HR Managers.  As part of this service she carries out thorough audits to identify areas of improvement and priorities for change and assists businesses with implementation.

Experience and Approach

Amy is committed to providing a high level of client service and demonstrates considerable legal expertise and commercial experience. She guides clients in connection with the practical issues of managing a workforce within a commercial environment, helping organisations to avoid reputational and financial risk.

Amy is part of a team responsible for developing the Firm’s five-year strategic business plan and heads up its Professional Services Sector.

Amy works closely with a number of local charities and sporting organisations and is a member of the Firm’s Sports and Charities Sector. She is a member of Sussex FA’s Inclusion Advisory Group, which advises the County FA on matters relating to equality and diversity within grassroots football and also sits on disciplinary panels for Sussex FA.

Areas of Expertise

  • Preparation of employment contracts including director service agreements and associated policies and procedures;
  • Disciplinary and grievance matters;
  • Flexible working and variations to terms of employment;
  • Family leave including pregnancy and maternity leave;
  • Pay and benefits;
  • Sickness and disability including mental health and wellbeing in the workplace;
  • Discrimination, harassment and victimisation;
  • Whistleblowing;
  • TUPE;
  • GDPR and data protection issues in the workplace;
  • Confidential information and restrictive covenants; and
  • Termination of employment including director disputes and settlement agreements.

Amy’s Work

Unfair Dismissal & Breach of Contract 

Amy assisted a statutory director whose pay was halved without consultation and who was then accused of gross misconduct and summarily dismissed to lodge unfair dismissal and breach of contract claims at the Tribunal. Shortly before the full hearing, the employer offered a six-figure settlement which the Claimant accepted.

Breach of Contract & Whistleblowing

Amy supported a business in managing a grievance lodged by a senior executive asserting breach of contract and whistleblowing detriment. Amy advised the client in connection with the grievance procedure and recommended external mediation, shortly after which the parties mutually agreed the termination of the employee’s employment with minimal impact on the business and its workforce.

Discrimination & Whistleblowing

Amy assisted an employee in achieving a substantial settlement following the employer’s decision to impose a final written warning without any form of disciplinary procedure and in response to the employee making a protected disclosure. Amy ensured that her client’s best interests were protected at all times, providing regular updates and advice right through to the resolution of the matter in her client’s favour.

Unlawful Deduction from Wages

Amy worked with an employer business to defend an unlawful deduction from wages claim lodged via Acas. Amy conducted a detailed assessment of the employee’s claim, provided thorough advice on the strengths and weaknesses and ultimately managed the negotiation process to ensure matters were settled in her client’s interests without the need for costly litigation. The settlement achieved was approximately 75% less than the employee had originally sought.

What Amy’s clients say

Quotation marks

What more can I say, [Rix & Kay] is a very professional firm, who understand your needs & are with you every step of the way.

Client Review, RLG Tyres, May 2021

L500 leading firm

‘Amy White has transformed our ability to deal with all staffing issues and has made herself available when we have needed her. She is entirely aware of the needs of our organisation as an employer but also a charity and has taken the time to learn how we are structured to be able to provide us with the best advice and assistance with streamlining our procedures.’

‘Amy White has superb legal knowledge matched with a business minded perspective.’

Legal 500, 2021