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Employment lawyer Sofia deals with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, across a variety of sectors. Her main area of interest lies in advising high-net-worth clients and/or their private or family offices and guiding them on the recruitment, management and termination of staff such as butlers, close protection officers, private chefs, household and estate managers, nannies, chauffeurs and housekeepers. Sofia drafts tailored contracts and supplementary agreements to ensure that her clients’ interests are best protected. She also provides guidance on managing staff relations, including any negotiations, during their employment or upon termination and represents her clients where matters get contentious.

Sofia often assists in the sourcing of other professionals who can provide supplementary assistance with recruitment, immigration, payroll, banking and insurance, to help clients meet their legal obligations and employ staff more simply in the UK.

In a more general employment capacity, Sofia predominantly acts on behalf of employers. Her work includes assessing claims brought or threatened against respondent clients, liaising with ACAS and/or the claimant’s representative on pre-claim conciliations, selecting, instructing and managing counsel, and preparing for tribunal hearings as well as defending claims on behalf of respondent clients and all aspects of employment tribunal work. In addition, she guides board members through issues such as company restructuring and advises on shareholder or director disputes and mediation.

Her work ranges from preventing employment claims by ensuring the correct documentation is in place, to advising on employee management such as disciplinaries, grievances, and sickness management. She also advises on terminations including on structuring, dismissal, maternity, redundancy procedures, and tribunal claims, in addition to the negotiation of settlement agreements and packages on behalf of employees as well as employers.

Sofia is an avid industry speaker and article contributor. She regularly organises seminars on a wide range of issues including data protection, modern slavery, stress management and general employment law updates. She is also a frequent guest speaker at CIPD and ACCA events.

Sofia presents at our HR Forums in a clear and concise manner ensuring simplicity throughout the seminar. Sofia is always well prepared and extremely knowledgeable on the subject matter and ensures that everyone is engaged, through audience participation. You will find her extremely approachable at the beginning and end of the seminar and always willing to answer individual questions. What you get from Sofia is someone that can make sometimes a tedious subject, entertaining and light hearted.

Rachel Oliver
Managing Director

Returning from one of Sofia’s sessions, I learnt an incredible amount of useful information and had 3 pages of notes to take back to the office! Sofia is a lively presenter, delivering really well throughout. Her content, is relevant and jam packed with useful legal tips and insights. Delivered in a way that is totally understandable, commercially savvy and at times very thought provoking. Sofia is such an engaging speaker that there is no need for the typical boring power point presentations – Sofia can engage an audience just by speaking, given her wealth of knowledge and expertise. Her style is relaxed and informal, whilst encouraging the audience to give their thoughts, feedback and sharing of experiences. This makes you feel very confident in her advice and that you could easily approach her with questions.

Sophie Sheppard
People Experience Lead, Unilever

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