About
    Fiona

    Fiona is a highly accomplished Associate Solicitor with wide-ranging knowledge and expertise in employment law and HR.

    Fiona is pragmatic and commercially orientated. She is a tough negotiator and a formidable employment litigator. She focuses on providing practical, solution driven advice, keeping client’s desired outcome at the forefront of her mind at all times.

    Fiona is regarded as a leading specialist in her field, regularly presenting at high level employment law conferences. She also writes for various legal publications, assessing and evaluating the implications of the latest legal developments.

    • Defending and providing strategic advice in relation to Employment Tribunal claims
    • Exiting employees and Settlement Agreements
    • Advising on employment status, grievances, disciplinary and capability issues
    • Dealing with long and short term absenteeism, discrimination and flexible working
    • TUPE, redundancies and restructuring
    • Effecting variations to terms and conditions of employment
    • Drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants
    • Drafting contractor agreements, Directors Service Agreements and core policies and procedures
    • Acted for a university in ensuring an effective exit strategy for a senior operations manager avoiding high risk reputational damage
    • Acted for recruitment agencies in obtaining undertakings in respect of confidential information and client data
    • Assisted an IT company in dealing with a boardroom dispute and allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and bullying
    • Successfully defended a claim for constructive dismissal and age discrimination based on a variation to terms and conditions of employment
    • 2020 - present | Seddons, Associate Solicitor
    • 2013 - 2020 | DOHR Ltd, Employment Solicitor & HR Operations Manager
    • 2008 - 2013 | The Adecco Group, Employment & Commercial Solicitor
    • 2006 - 2008 | The Recruitment & Employment Confederation, Employment & Commercial Solicitor
    • 2006 - 2008 | Abbey Legal Services, Employment & Commercial Solicitor
    • 2002 - 2004 | Piper Smith Watton, Trainee Solicitor
    • 2001 - 2002 | College of Law, London
    • 1997 - 2000 | Southampton University, LLB Law

    Firmwide awards

    • British Italian Lawyers Association
    • Chambers 2019
    • Indian Council of Arbitration
    • Legal 500 2019
    • Solicitors for the Elderly
    • Super Lawyers
    • Times Best Law Firm 2020
    • UK Lawyer Top 200 - Listed Firm 2019
    • Who's Who Legal

    Recent articles by Fiona

    Flexible Furlough Guidance

    Employment Associate Fiona Mendel and Trainee Solicitor Libby Morris look at flexible furloughing, and what that means for employers.

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