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Beth Hale

T: +44 20 7809 2134 M: +44 7825 064 185 Email Beth | Vcard Office: London

Beth Hale Senior associate

Contact details

Beth Hale

Beth Hale
Senior associate

T: +44 20 7809 2134 M: +44 7825 064 185 Email Beth | Vcard Office: London

Beth is a senior associate in the employment team, advising clients on all aspects of employment law. Clients appreciate Beth's commercial and pragmatic approach to issues and her ability to deliver sensible, accessible advice in a short timeframe.
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Beth provides support to employers and employees on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues from recruitment to termination.

She has significant experience in advising on the employment aspects of reorganisations, outsourcings, restructurings and mergers and acquisitions, and has a particular interest in the application of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. She works with our corporate team on the employment aspects of listings on AIM and the main market, including drafting and negotiating executive service agreements.

Beth provides day to day support to HR clients on internal procedures, absence and performance management, workplace behaviour and collective and individual redundancy processes. She works closely with UK and international clients to understand their business and particular requirements and to assist them in developing and implementing bespoke and workable policies and procedures. She provides advice on family friendly rights, including shared parental leave and flexible working and discrimination issues as well as helping clients navigate complex claims in the Employment Tribunal.

Beth is also responsible for knowledge management and training for the employment and pensions group and provides in-house training to clients.

"Valued for her clear and succinct advice"
Chambers UK 2012

  • Employment
  • Corporate

Shared parental leave advice

Advised a number of clients on the implementation of the new right to shared parental leave, including complex issues arising in relation to enhanced pay and discrimination

Sexual harassment claim

Advised a financial services client on the successful defence of a high profile claim for sexual harassment and sex discrimination.

Employment status

Negotiated a settlement for a not-for-profit client with a former consultant following a difficult and complex series of disputes about employment status in the Employment Tribunal and High Court.

Race discrimination claim

Advised a client in the construction industry on defending a race discrimination claim brought by an employee dismissed for poor performance.

TUPE and outsourcing

Advised on the TUPE implications of the outsourcing of a large bank's payment protection insurance claims.

More: Employment

easyHotel Plc

Advised on the employment aspects of the company's preparations for listing on the AIM market. Drafted and negotiated senior executive contractual terms and supporting the corporate team on due diligence.

Acadia Healthcare Company Inc.

Advised a US client on its purchase of a UK entity, Partnerships in Care Holdings Limited for US $662 million. Providing guidance on UK employment law and market practice.

TUPE advice

Advised a financial sector client on employment issues in the sale of a part of their business, including advice on the application of TUPE and information and consultation obligations arising.

More: Corporate 
  • Banks and banking
  • Rail
  • Law firms

Senior exits

Advised senior employees on the terms of their departure from major financial institutions following the LIBOR scandal.

Long term sickness absence

Advised the UK branch of an overseas bank on day to day HR issues, including defence of a claim by a long term sick employee as well as regulatory obligations.

Data protection advice

Advised the UK branch of a Japanese bank on the handling of a data subject access request from a former employee.

More: Banks and banking

Caledonian Sleeper franchise

Advised Costrucciones Y Auxiliar De Ferrocariles (CAF) on the drafting and negotiation of complex TUPE provisions in a train services agreement.

Holiday pay

Advised a major rail company on the potential impact of the Bear Scotland holiday pay case on their working practices and the risk of claims arising.

TUPE advice

Advised rail operators on the application of TUPE to franchising and leasing arrangements.

More: Rail

Advice on flexible working request

Advised a US law firm on defending a claim brought by an employee whose request for flexible working had been turned down. The claim was eventually withdrawn.

Advice on associate exit

Advised a US law firm on dealing with long term sickness absence and subsequent exit, including advice on process, risks and appropriate settlement terms.

Redundancy advice

Advised a law firm on the restructuring of its secretarial function, including a collective redundancy process.

More: Law firms

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08 Nov 2017

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07 Sep 2017

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26 Jul 2017

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14 Jul 2017

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12 Jul 2017

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06 Apr 2017

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01 Mar 2017

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Commission still locked into holiday pay

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24 Feb 2017

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21 Feb 2017

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12 Dec 2016

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04 Nov 2016

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Stephenson Harwood advises on East Anglia rail deal

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14 Oct 2016

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Court of Appeal locks commission into holiday pay

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22 Jun 2016

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Supreme Court confirms that immigration status is not a protected characteristic

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