Amy is an employment lawyer based in Rix & Kay’s Uckfield office and a key member of the firm’s wider employment law team that advises clients across the South East including Brighton & Hove. She has a wide range of commercial legal experience, having spent time working in Rix & Kay’s Corporate and Commercial Team before settling on employment law as her field of interest.
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 managing employee issues.
Amy also manages the firm’s Gatekeeper service – a comprehensive employment law retainer based package that provides full support for HR Managers and their teams. As part of this service she invests time to visit Gatekeeper clients on site so she can get a better understanding of their HR and employment law needs.
Amy also advises individuals who require employment law advice.
Experience and approach
Amy’s approach to client service and her high level of legal expertise has been recognised by Rix & Kay and she is now part of the firm’s Leadership Development Programme. As well as having a thorough understanding of employment law, she guides clients on the practical issues of managing a workforce within a commercial environment, helping organisations to avoid reputational and financial risk.
• Preparation of employment contracts and associated policies and procedures;
• Disciplinary, capability and grievance matters;
• Flexible working and variations to terms of employment;
• Family Leave and Pregnancy;
• Pay and benefits;
• Sickness and disability;
• Termination of employment;
• Settlement agreements.
Constructive Unfair Dismissal
Amy supported a business in connection with a potential constructive unfair dismissal claim. Amy worked with the business to assess the strength of the potential claim, provided advice on process and procedure throughout and assisted in settlement negotiations through which the matter was resolved.
Managing Dismissal Procedures
Amy supported a business in managing a sensitive and complex issue regarding an employee absent through illness who was residing and receiving treatment abroad. Amy worked with the client, guiding them on consultation, to ensure the employee was treated fairly at all times and that the issue was resolved quickly with minimal impact on the business and its workforce.
Amy assisted an individual ex-employee in retaining a substantial termination payment following the employer’s attempt to reclaim a significant portion of the settlement monies on the grounds of errors in calculation. Amy ensured that her client’s best interests were protected at all times, providing regular updates and advice from the initial call for repayment through to the resolution of the matter in her client’s favour.
Amy worked with an individual employee in connection with a potential claim of direct disability discrimination. Amy conducted a detailed assessment of the employee’s potential 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.
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