Paula has over ten years’ experience as an employment lawyer, and joined BDBF as a Partner in September 2020. Paula advises both senior executives and employers on a wide range of employment matters, and she has particular expertise in workplace sex and maternity discrimination and whistleblowing cases.
Paula is ranked by Chambers and Partners 2021 for her work acting for high-level City employees in employment tribunal and High Court proceedings, described as “sought after” for her knowledge of employment matters in the financial services. She is described as “an excellent lawyer for representing individuals” and “very able and very enthusiastic”. In 2020, Chambers described her as having “a breadth of knowledge well beyond her years of experience” and “phenomenally quick on the uptake and a very good people person.” Legal 500 2021 describes Paula as an “exceptionally smart lawyer, technically strong and eminently pragmatic”.
She advises senior executives and LLP members, including from the legal, financial and professional services sectors, negotiating terms, defending performance and misconduct allegations and challenging unfair and unlawful treatment through grievance and disciplinary procedures. Paula also negotiates employee exits, ensuring clients receive the best possible deal, whilst ensuring their reputation and career prospects are protected.
For those cases that fight, Paula is an experienced litigator and has acted in high value and complex disputes before the employment tribunal and High Court.
She also brings her unique insight, judgment and expertise to employer clients, and is experienced in advising on day to day employment issues and representing employers before the employment tribunal.
Paula is a regular media commentator, sits on the management commitment of the Society of Scottish Lawyers in London and is a member of ELA.
In her spare time, Paula spends time with her two daughters, and enjoys travelling, cooking and pilates.