Ex-Halliwells lawyer gets job offer after settling Gateley claim

Former Halliwells legal services director Emma Nutbeen has settled an unfair dismissal claim against Gateley, resulting in the firm offering her a job.

Nutbeen claimed she was unfairly dismissed when Gateley did not employ her following its £7.4m takeover of Halliwells’ commercial practice in July 2010 (21 July 2010).

Instead of joining Gateley, Nutbeen moved to the Manchester office of Heatons, where Halliwells’ last executive chairman Ian Austin also found a home (12 July 2010), and earlier this month (15 September) she was appointed as head of intellectual property at Berg Legal.

Gateley has now offered her a position in its intellectual property commerce and technology division.

Rod Waldie, head of the Gateley’s Manchester office, said: “This is an extremely positive outcome for everyone concerned.”

It is not yet known if Nutbeen plans to accept Gateley’s offer.

In May a former Halliwells property lawyer who was made redundant from the firm while she was in the middle of a three-day labour failed in her action to recover £66,000 from Gateley (9 May 2011).