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Sarah Gilzean

Senior Associate

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Sarah is a Senior Associate in our Employment Law team.

Sarah is an accredited specialist in discrimination law, one of only eight in Scotland. Sarah is highly regarded in the sector as a discrimination lawyer and is Convener of the Law Society Equalities Law Reform Committee and Secretary of the Scottish Discrimination Law Association.

Sarah is also an accredited specialist in employment law and has particular expertise in equal pay. Sarah acts for a wide range of employer and employee clients in the public and private sectors.  She gives practical, easy to understand advice and is focused on achieving her client's objectives at all times. 

She regularly advises in relation to senior exits, TUPE and redundancy, disciplinary and grievance, contractual disputes, whistleblowing, discrimination, equal pay and industrial relations. She appears on behalf of clients in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal and is regularly asked to speak at conferences and training seminars on employment law and discrimination topics.

Sarah is considered an Associate to Watch in Employment law by Chambers and Partners.

Business expertise

Sarah advises clients in a wide range of sectors on all day to day matters from handling difficult exits and internal grievances to providing strategic advice in relation to TUPE, redundancies and restructuring.

She has experience in helping clients with difficult industrial relations matters and regularly represent clients in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal.  Sarah also has particular expertise in discrimination and equal pay and acted in the largest equal pay case in Scotland.  She gives practical and commercial advice and keep the client's objectives at the forefront at all times.

Individuals and Families expertise

Sarah regularly advises employee clients in relation to a wide range of issues.  She gives practical and clear advice and is acutely aware of the need to balance costs with achieving the client's goals especially in complex matters. Sarah has particular expertise in advising senior executives particularly in relation to high value and complex exits.

Sarah advises employees and executives in relation to settlement agreements, unfair dismissal, redundancy, disciplinary and grievance, contractual disputes, whistleblowing, discrimination and equal pay. She appears on behalf of clients in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal and has recently acted on behalf of 5,000 claimants in the largest equal pay case in Scotland.

What our clients and peers say: 

"Common sense, best practice advice from an employment law specialist who will always make time to listen to your latest challenge."

Corporate client - 2016

"Sarah has provided strategic and specific employment law support to our team for a number of years. She has a very professional, calm and approachable manner and takes care to listen and understand the issue in hand before giving her advice. On every occasion she has assisted me and my team in handling difficult and sensitive situations and I would not hesitate to recommend her."

Corporate client - 2016

"Sarah is extremely professional, putting me at ease and ensuring all matters discussed without jargon. She is a personable lady and I would highly recommend her. "

Senior Executive Employee

"She is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of employment law, and has provided very sound and helpful advice in a number of challenging cases."

Chambers and Partners

"Calm, effective and authoritative, with a good range of experience."

Chambers and Partners 2020

"She is a highly experienced and competent lawyer who immediately homes in on and understands issues, bringing appropriate advice while understanding your institutional context."

Chambers and Partners 2021

"Sarah was excellent and kept the price to a minimum but stil delivered the 'goods'."

Employee client

Recent Content by Sarah Gilzean

22 Jan 2021

What's new in equality law?

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Sarah Gilzean, Isabelle Bain