Karen Fletcher

Karen Fletcher is a partner and head of the Manchester employment team. She advises on a wide range of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious, with a particular interest in discrimination issues and dealing with tribunal litigation.

Karen Fletcher

Fletcher advises on issues such as family-friendly rights, discrimination, disciplinary and grievance issues, managing attendance, trade union issues, whistleblowing, redundancy, restructuring and reorganisations, corporate transactions, outsourcing, insourcing and TUPE.

She also advises on senior executive appointments and departures, including the enforceability of restrictive covenants, and drafts a full range of employment-related documents including service agreements, handbooks and compromise agreements.

Over the course of her career, Fletcher has acted for a wide range of clients in the north west and nationwide, including a number of FTSE 100 clients, in a variety of different sectors. She has particular experience in advising clients in the retail and manufacturing sectors. These include household names such as Primark, American Airlines, Britvic and Lancashire Eccles Cakes.

Before joining Shoosmiths as partner in April 2012, Fletcher spent 10 years at Addleshaw Goddard in both the Leeds and Manchester offices.

She regularly delivers internal and client training in employment law issues, is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and has written a number of published articles.