Paula has over eleven years’ experience as an employment lawyer. She joined BDBF as a Partner in September 2020. Paula advises senior individuals and employers on a wide range of employment matters, and she has particular expertise in whistleblowing and workplace sex and maternity discrimination 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 individuals and LLP members, including high profile individuals and those 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.
Clients have said about Paula:
“I much enjoyed working with you, Paula, and have throughout been impressed with the quality, speed and efficiency with which you advised and acted on behalf. I will certainly have no hesitation in recommending both you and BDBF to other colleagues who may be in need of your services.” – CEO
“[Paula] provided an exceptional service and I would not hesitate to recommend her services in the future.” – Director for HR
Paula sits on the training committee of the Employment Lawyers Association and the management commitment of the Society of Scottish Lawyers in London. She is also a member of ELA. Paula is a regular media commentator and has appeared on Sky News and ITV News, and has been quoted in publications such as International Banker, Thomson Reuters, Law 360 as well as national press publications.
In her spare time, Paula spends time with her two young daughters, and enjoys travelling, gardening and cooking.