Clare Irvine-Fortescue


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Clare advises on all aspects of Employment law. She has experience assisting employers and individuals on complex HR and ER matters including performance and conduct / disciplinary issues, sickness absence, redundancies, breach of confidence and breach of restrictive covenants. She also offers support to the Corporate team on TUPE transactions and she works with the Private Client team in providing Employment assistance.

Recent Experience

  • Clare often drafts and provides advice on employment contracts, service agreements, employment policies, handbooks and settlement agreements.
  • Clare has advised on and negotiated multiple exits from both employer and employee perspectives. She provides advice on unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, wrongful dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination.
  • Clare has experience in litigation from the Employment Tribunal to the Supreme Court.

Career History

Clare read History at The University of Edinburgh. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2018 and joined Wedlake Bell in 2020. She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and a Mental Health First Aider.


Employment law: key changes

As we embark on a new year, we review key Employment themes from 2022 and what lies ahead in 2023. Absence from work Bank holidays and holiday pay With theRead more


Coronavirus and sickness absence – key planning considerations

Sick pay If an employer pays Company Sick Pay (CSP) (i.e. pay above Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)), the first step would be to consider whether (and how) any contractual termsRead more


Employment law – changes and trends for the start of 2021

Despite the COVID-19 crisis significantly impacting the ability of many businesses to plan with certainty, there remain a number of key employment changes and challenges which need to be addressedRead more


2021 Employment Law – A Year in Reflection

Like 2020, 2021 remained one that (for the right or wrong reasons) will long stick in the memory. The start and end of 2021 saw rising COVID infections and workRead more