Sarah-Jane specialises in employment law and advises corporate, institutional, and individual clients on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious issues. She has a wealth of experience advising employers on grievance and disciplinary issues, performance management, sickness absence, family leave, and terminations (including redundancy processes). Senior executives turn to Sarah-Jane for advice on their dismissals, to negotiate their settlement packages, as well as advice on their contracts of employment, including restrictive covenants.
Should an employment matter proceed to Tribunal litigation, Sarah-Jane has considerable expertise in in this area and is well positioned to present, or respond to, any claim, as well as to negotiate settlement. Recent Tribunal claims she has conducted include bringing proceedings on behalf of individual clients for constructive dismissal and age discrimination, and sexual harassment and sex discrimination; and defending claims brought against her employer clients for unfair dismissal, equal pay and whistleblowing.
Sarah-Jane advises clients across a range of sectors but has extensive experience working in the education sector, with in-depth knowledge gained whilst on secondment to Imperial College London and Eton College. She advises higher education institutions on employee relations issues, scientific misconduct, safeguarding issues, and the Prevent duty, as well as advising the country’s leading independent schools on employment issues, including pupil exclusions, parental complaints, and subject access requests.
Sarah-Jane is excellent at getting to grips with legal issues, offering pragmatic advice and solutions to complex matters. She is very responsive and sensible in her advice.
Ann Kelly, Head of Employee Relations
Imperial College London
Sarah-Jane is an exceptional and talented employment lawyer. For my personal case, she took care and time to thoroughly understand the history, details and nuances of my situation before structuring her advice. After taking time to understand my situation and asking well-considered questions, she was diligent in her application of the law to the case. Throughout the process Sarah-Jane provided regular updates and never needed to be chased. I found her proactive approach to be very comforting when going through a stressful employment case. Sarah-Jane will give clear advice that is in your best interest, but balances this clearly against what is relevant for the particular case and thus managing expectations. I would recommend the services of Sarah-Jane and thank her for being my trusted adviser during a difficult time.
Sarah-Jane is the most caring lawyer I have ever met and to me she was an angel in a dark moment in my career. Her knowledge and skills are amazing, but what makes her stand out is the compassion and empathy she shows whilst still keeping it professional and setting expectations. Her help went way beyond just being my lawyer; she fought for me as a friend.
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
Member of the Employment Lawyers Association
|2019||Keystone Law | Consultant Solicitor|
|2018 - 2019||Lewis Silkin - Rockhopper | Senior Lawyer|
|2010 - 2019||Farrer & Co | Solicitor, then Associate, then Consultant Solicitor (including secondments with Imperial College and Eton College)|
|2008 - 2010||Morgan Russell LLP | Solicitor|
|2008||Qualified as a solicitor|
|2006 - 2008||Lewis Silkin LLP | Trainee Solicitor (including secondment to Shell International)|