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Kate Sutherland

Associate

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Kate is an associate in our employment team in Edinburgh.

She advises public sector clients, UK businesses and individuals from across the UK on a wide range of employment matters including unfair dismissal, TUPE and settlement agreements. She regularly represents clients in the Employment Tribunal.

Kate focusses on providing clear, practical advice to help minimise the amount of management time an employer has to spend dealing with employment issues. She understands that experiencing problems at work can be very stressful for individuals and in her role seeks to ease this stress wherever possible by providing clear and comprehensive advice which avoids legal jargon.

Kate is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and is on their pro-bono committee. Kate also volunteers at Edinburgh University's free legal advice clinic and is a tutor on the Diploma in Legal Practice at Edinburgh University.

Business expertise

Kate is a Solicitor in our employment team who regularly advises SMEs on employment law issues, such as conducting a fair disciplinary or grievance process or making redundancies in the business.

She also reviews and prepares employers' handbooks, individual policies and contracts of employment. As part of her role, she also drafts settlement agreements for employers to offer employees and advises employers on having without prejudice settlement discussions with employees.

Kate also advises employers on the strength of any employment tribunal claim raised against them, drafts defences and can represent employers in an employment tribunal. 

Public Sector expertise

Kate provides employment advise to public sector clients on a wide range of contentious matters and represents them in the employment tribunal. 

Individuals and Families expertise

Kate is involved in negotiating favourable settlement terms for employees and in reviewing settlement agreements. She also advises employees on issues such as unfair dismissal and redundancy. In addition, Kate advises clients on the strength of any employment tribunal claim which they might have and the costs of pursuing such a claim.

 

What our clients and peers say: 

"Very efficient and helpful service which was during a difficult time while facing redundancy."

Employee client

"Clear and helpful advice, extremely timely appointment and written guidance."

Employee client

Recent Content by Kate Sutherland

6 Jul 2020

Is a competitive interview process reasonable in a redundancy situation?

As many employers start to look at making redundancy as a result of the economic impact of COVID-19, the EAT has issued a timely judgement...
Article
Kate Sutherland
3 Jul 2020

Flexible working in the future

In our latest employment law podcast, David Hossack, Partner and Kate Sutherland, Associate discuss the potential implications for flexible working...
Podcast
David Hossack, Kate Sutherland
26 Jun 2020

Flexible Furlough - Job Retention Scheme

We are all now somewhat used to the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and what it means to be furloughed but from 1 July 2020 there are...
Podcast
David Hossack, Kate Sutherland

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