Laura Conway

Senior Associate

Employment




T: +44 (0)20 7395 3045
lconway@wedlakebell.com

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Expertise

Laura acts on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters; supporting her clients with a range of complex HR issues.

She has considerable experience in dealing with contentious matters, both in the Employment Tribunal and the High Court. Her contentious practice focuses on complex discrimination claims as well as competition and confidentiality issues, including team moves.

Laura also regularly advises on complex TUPE matters and provides employment support on business sales (including in insolvency situations), property transactions and outsourcings.

She has an international client base and is used to advising on cross-border issues. Laura regularly acts for individuals, advising on issues that arise throughout the employment lifecycle.


Recent Experience

  • Running a UK employment law helpline for a leading provider in digital transformation services, with c.10,000 employees. This includes advising on complex HR issues and outsourcing scenarios involving TUPE and running their employment litigation.
  • Advising a US client in AI marketing on all of their UK employment law needs, including recently supporting them with bespoke contractual arrangements, their family friendly policy and various dismissals.
  • Advising a senior executive accused of sexual harassment.
  • Defending an employment claim for maternity and pregnancy discrimination for a PLC in e-commerce.
  • Advising an engineering company on their employment affairs including a review of their holiday pay calculations in light of case law around commission and overtime.
  • Advising a market research business who hired an employee who had taken confidential information and a database from her previous employer, successfully avoiding an injunction.
  • Laura regularly speaks and advises clients on discrimination, harassment, equality and mental health issues, areas where she has a particularly keen interest. She is involved in Wedlake Bell’s partnership with Spktral to provide equality pay gap reporting and action plans for clients (including gender pay).

Career History

Laura read law at the University of Leicester. She trained with Wedlake Bell and qualified into the Employment team in September 2010. Prior to commencing her training contract Laura spent a year with the IP and Commercial team.

Laura is a member of the ELA and regularly holds training sessions and seminars for her clients.

She writes for Tolley’s (guide for lawyers) on TUPE and Xpert HR (guide for HR professionals and lawyers) on whistleblowing.


Publications

Laura has recently written an updated chapter on intra-group reorganisations in Tolley’s Employment Law, with a particular focus on TUPE.

Laura regularly writes for the legal press and has had articles published in Personnel today and the Financial Times.


Insights

Mental health – how do you encourage employees to talk?

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Mental Health – what businesses really need to be doing (and it won’t be easy)

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Would you place employees on garden leave as part of a redundancy consultation process? This could affect the fairness of the redundancy

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Disclosure obligations – laying your cards on the table but protecting your hand

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Pimlico Plumbers – Supreme Court stands firm on giving worker status to so-called “self-employed contractor”

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Harassment claims – protecting your business

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Laura Conway’s article is published in the HR Review – 11/12/2018