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Louise Thawley, Managing Associate, Employment

Louise Thawley

Of Counsel

Personal Profile

Louise is an Of Counsel in the Employment Department. She specialises in employment law and has significant experience acting for employers and employees (particularly senior executives) across a wide range of business sectors including financial services, property, retail and technology. She has a particular interest in the healthcare sector and has experience acting for senior clinicians in disputes against NHS Trusts, NHS Improvement/England and in connection with the GMC.

Louise offers comprehensive legal advice to employers and individuals (including senior executives and LLP members) on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters including appointments and contract/handbook reviews, terminations, whistleblowing, discrimination (including sexual harassment), grievances, wrongful and unfair dismissal and redundancies. She provides strategic advice to guide her clients through difficult challenges. Louise also advises on disputes relating to restrictive covenants and breaches of confidentiality, and has experience advising on (and conducting) workplace investigations. She is regularly instructed to manage complex, high value and sensitive exits and settlement agreements.

Louise frequently represents clients in Employment Tribunal litigation and has acted on a range of claims including unfair dismissal, discrimination, harassment and whistleblowing. She is also experienced in resolving disputes via commercial and judicial mediations.

Louise's practice also spans corporate transactions including share sales, asset sales and TUPE.

Louise is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. She invests in the future of the legal profession as a mentor in the University of Westminster Future Ready Mentoring Scheme, and was a trustee of inclusive children's theatre charity Angel Shed Theatre Company in Islington from April 2017 to December 2019.

Key Experience

  • Acting for the CEO of a listed British banking group on a high profile termination.
  • Representing a senior surgeon on a successful application for injunctive relief in the High Court and a judicial mediation settling her whistleblowing claim in the Employment Tribunal.
  • Acting for a Consultant in a disciplinary procedure and bringing a grievance against an NHS Trust.
  • Advising a senior banker on claims for whistleblowing, race discrimination and harassment.
  • Frequently instructed to act for senior executives (including C-Suite) on the negotiation of service agreements and exit packages.
  • Acting for a global analytics company defending claims for sex discrimination, disability (menopause) discrimination and victimisation.
  • Conducting a workplace investigation into sexual harassment on behalf of a multinational music entertainment company.
  • Providing regular ad-hoc advice on day-to-day HR issues for a property and investment company

Articles & Publications

Volume 14(1)B Employment of the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, January 2016.

Career History

Of Counsel, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Ashurst LLP
Trainee, Ashurst LLP (qualified 2012)
LPC, College of Law, Moorgate (now University of Law)
BA Law, University of Nottingham

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