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Kate Sutherland


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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

"Kate was recommended to me by friends who are also lawyers. She did a good job of ensuring I understood the legalities and technicalities with a strong attention to detail."

Employee client

"Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Morton Fraser. Excellent service."

Employee client

Recent Content by Kate Sutherland

28 Aug 2020

Procedure not always pre-requisite for fair dismissal

Employment law nearly always requires a formal procedure to be carried out before a dismissal takes place, but there are exceptions to every rule.
Kate Sutherland
31 Jul 2020

How to follow a fair procedure in misconduct dismissals and why it matters.

In our latest Employment Law podcast David Hossack and Kate Sutherland discuss a recent decision of the EAT which is a reminder of the importance of...
David Hossack, Kate Sutherland