85 Fleet Street
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