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London EC4Y 1AE
Lara is a Partner in our Employment and Immigration team. She has specialised in employment law since she qualified in 2002.
Clients have said that they particularly value Lara’s ability to see the bigger picture and to translate difficult legal issues into practical guidance and advice. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Lara worked in banking.
Lara is listed as a specialist in the Chambers and Partners 2017 legal directory. She regularly speaks at events and has been described as ‘a superb, skilled and natural facilitator,’ with ‘a brilliant, warm, down to earth, natural, practical and interactive approach.’
Areas of Expertise
Lara works closely with employer and employee clients. She advises on the whole range of employment law issues with particular emphasis on whistle blowing, discrimination, executive terminations and reorganisation including TUPE, redundancy and changing terms and conditions.
Acting for employers and employees means Lara has a good understanding of the concerns and strategies of each party. This extensive experience enables Lara to reach amicable solutions often without the need to resort to litigation. If litigation is unavoidable then Lara is skilled in conducting claims at both the employment tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Lara has extensive experience advising on TUPE, termination packages for senior executives and exit terms, enforcement of restrictive covenants and confidentiality obligations.
Recent litigation includes unfair dismissal, redundancy, discrimination on the grounds of race, sex and disability, whistle-blowing and unlawful deduction of wages at the ET and EAT.
Lara has also developed a niche area advising solicitors and trainee solicitors on employment issues arising during their practice. Lara has also been the firm’s Trainee Principal since 2013.
Lara runs bespoke workshops and training for HR managers and senior managers including redundancy programmes, performance management, recruitment, managing ill-health absence, stress at work claims, disciplinary and grievance issues and equal opportunities. Clients have reported they really enjoy the practical nature of the training and has received feedback such as ‘friendly and dynamic’, ‘interactive’, informative and friendly’, ‘well-paced’, ‘stimulating’ and ‘informal but encouraging’.
Notable cases include:
- Mensah v Heatherwood & Wexham Park Hospitals & Others [EAT]
- Chalmers-Mihaljevic v Central & North West London Mental Health NHS Trust [EAT]
- Amara v Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust [EAT]
- Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust v Abimbola [EAT]
- Olayemi v Athena Medical Centre & Other [EAT]
Lara also provides advice on immigration law. Recognising that immigration law is complex, stressful and frustrating, she aims to provide her advice as smoothly as possible. Lara recognises the importance of understanding the immigration history of the client and his or her long term immigration objectives, so that she is able to devise solutions that best fit her clients’ expectations and long term goals.
Lara regularly contributes to the firm’s and external employment law publications.
Lara acts for clients in a wide variety of sectors, including NHS trusts, GP surgeries, charities, SMEs, information technology companies, education establishments and senior executives.
Employment Lawyers Association
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
Solicitors’ Assistance Scheme
- Brexit and Northern Ireland – How will it work?
28 August 2017 | Immigration
- Brexit and Northern Ireland – Economics and customs issues
26 August 2017 | Immigration
- Brexit and Northern Ireland – Preserving the Common Travel Area
22 August 2017 | Immigration
- Brexit and Northern Ireland – The impact of Brexit
21 August 2017 | Immigration
- Brexit and Northern Ireland – Recent political events in Northern Ireland
20 August 2017 | Immigration
- Brexit and Northern Ireland – Current immigration law between the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK
19 August 2017 | Immigration
- Brexit and Northern Ireland – A brief history
18 August 2017 | Immigration
- Whistleblowing – Background to press coverage
14 July 2017 | Employment
- What does ‘public interest’ actually mean in whistleblowing cases?
14 July 2017 | Employment
- UK-US immigration: Planning, preparation and pitfalls
7 July 2017 | Employment | Immigration
- The Queen’s Speech and employment law
30 June 2017 | Employment | Immigration
- Greater protection for whistleblowers?
11 May 2017 | Employment
- Mental health: Key issues for HR and line managers
11 May 2017 | Employment
- To what extent can employees’ social media use be regulated and how can the risks to employers be mitigated?
5 May 2017 | Employment
- Immigration Skills Charge now in force
20 April 2017 | Immigration
- Government’s webpage updated for EU nationals in the UK. Reassured? Possibly not…
13 April 2017 | Immigration
- Sponsored workers at third party premises
11 April 2017 | Immigration
- Residence documents: To apply or not to apply
30 March 2017 | Immigration
- Home Office changes to the Immigration Rules
17 March 2017 | Employment | Immigration
- Landlords discriminating against tenants under the ‘right to rent’ scheme
10 March 2017 | Immigration | Property | Tax and private client
- British Gas v Lock: The final chapter?
8 March 2017 | Employment
- The Supreme Court’s ruling is not all gloom for families
3 March 2017 | Immigration
- Immigration news round up and reminders
23 February 2017 | Immigration
- The Prime Minister’s white paper on exiting the EU and the new proposed relationship
16 February 2017 | Immigration
- Brexit edging closer
9 February 2017 | Employment | Immigration
- Secretary of State granted power to cap exit payments for public sector workers
2 February 2017 | Employment
- Gig economy: Bicycle courier entitled to holiday pay
13 January 2017 | Employment
- Business immigration update
9 January 2017 | Immigration
- Responsibility for triggering Article 50 handed to Parliament
3 November 2016 | Immigration
- Uber drivers are classed as ‘workers’ rather than self-employed contractors
28 October 2016 | Employment
- Do religious beliefs outweigh the law against discrimination in the supply of goods and services on grounds of sexual orientation?
25 October 2016 | Employment
- Important whistleblowing case delayed
20 October 2016 | Employment
- Post-Brexit: Introducing the EU Citizens Resident in the United Kingdom (Right To Stay) Bill
19 August 2016 | Immigration
- An employer’s guide to right to work checks
13 July 2016 | Care homes | Immigration | Primary care
- Brexit and UK immigration
6 July 2016 | Employment | Immigration
- Immigration Bill becomes law
20 May 2016 | Immigration
- Notes for landlords: Immigration Act 2016
20 May 2016 | Property
- Illegal workers? How to dismiss fairly
29 April 2016 | Immigration
- Immigration: Tier 2 changes announced by UK Government
29 March 2016 | Immigration
- Further crackdown on illegal immigration
18 March 2016 | Immigration
- New immigration and nationality fees to be introduced from 18 March 2016
8 March 2016 | Immigration
- Minimum income visa rules challenge in Supreme Court
26 February 2016 | Immigration
- UK Government’s ‘right to rent’ scheme
5 February 2016 | Immigration
- Is an employer obliged to pay for travel time?
23 June 2015 | Care homes | Employment
- Care home briefing 147 – Is an employee obliged to tell their employer of an allegation of sexual assault?
15 June 2015 | Care homes
- Mental health law briefing 220 – Is an employee obliged to tell their employer of an allegation of sexual assault outside of their employment?
15 June 2015 | Employment | Mental health law
- Care home briefing 136 – Care Certificate pilot scheme now underway
30 May 2014 | Care homes