Alison Downie heads the employment department. She specialises in the full range of employment and discrimination law and related contract matters.
She also advises and acts in workplace-related regulatory and professional disciplinary matters. Her experience in complex civil and commercial litigation and cross jurisdiction disputes adds to her skills.
She is recommended as a UK leader in the field in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and the Legal 500 and was The Times Lawyer of the Week in May 2005.
Downie advises and acts for both employers and employees on all types of employment and procedural issues, ranging from contract disputes, dismissals, the full range of discrimination, human rights, victimisation, whistleblowing, injunctions, health and safety to restructures, boardroom disputes and governance issues. She is known for handling and winning tough cases and providing creative pragmatic solutions to employment problems.
Her employer clients include public and private limited companies; UK and international charities and NGOs; trade unions; media organisations and publishers; professional associations; public bodies; local authorities; campaigning organisations; professional partnerships, law firms and barristers chambers. Downie advises and acts for the national Labour Party.
She acts for the widest range of individuals from top-level national and international senior professionals and executives, chief executives of national bodies and board directors to low-paid workers on equal pay disputes or facing discrimination.
Downie acts for international organisations and companies with cross-jurisdictional employment issues, particularly in India and Africa and cross border within Europe.
She has acted in cases in employment tribunals and the High Court right up to the Supreme Court.
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