Georgina

Description

Senior Employment Solicitor

Previously worked at:

News UK Group / News Corporation

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Oakwood Dental Practice

Equiniti Group PLC

Equiniti Group PLC

Mamas & Papas Limited

Provident Financial plc & Vanquis Bank

Provident Financial PLC

Northern Foods PLC

Lupton Fawcett Solicitors

Lupton Fawcett Solicitors

NBC Universal

Languages:

Location:

London

Curriculum Vitae

Legal work experience

Self Employed Legal and HR Consultant

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner | Oct 19 - Now

Technical lead on development and delivery of legal technology product. Using AI to support processing and analysis of Data Subject Access Requests.

Self Employed Legal and HR Consultant

NBC Universal | Apr 20 - Mar 21

Delivery of all employment law advice and HR project management for the international restructuring of the NBC Universal Home Entertainment business (EMEA).

Self Employed Legal & HR Consultant

News UK Group / News Corporation | Jan 20 - May 20

Leading the IR35 project for News UK Group covering Editorial, Wireless,Newsprinters, Commercial and Corporate functions. Since April 2020 providing ongoing ad hoc support.

Self Employed Legal & HR Consultant

Oakwood Dental Practice | Oct 19 - Jan 20

Leading the development and delivery of dental compliance programme.

People Compliance Director

Equiniti Group PLC | Jul 18 - Sep 19

FCA Regulated business. A member of the HR Senior leadership team responsible for the strategy, management and delivery of Employee Relations, People Policy, People Risk and Employment law. Managing and leading teams and working closely with the Executive and Senior Leadership teams to manage key People risks, manage union and representative body relationships, maintain legal and policy compliance and support the delivery of organisational objectives.

Key achievements in role:

  • Effectively implemented major business transformation programmes.
  • Responsible for industrial relations strategy, managed relationship with unions (UNITE, PCS) and chaired collective consultation meetings with the Unions and Employee Representative body.
  • Redesigned operating processes and procedures within the Employee Relations Team, significantly increasing efficiencies and quality of delivery of ER advice to the business.
  • Led the design, build and delivery of a new case management tool to the Employee Relations team to increase efficiencies and strengthen governance.
  • Technical lead on major M&A transactions including acquisition of Wells Fargo shareholder registration business in US.
  • HR and technical lead on key projects including SMCR and IR35.
  • Established the People Risk and Policy function to deliver oversight and governance on people risks.
  • Developed and implemented new policies including redundancy, global mobility, enhanced maternity and homeworking.
  • Established issue identification and remediation process driving much needed improvements to people processes.
  • Reduced Employee Relations case volumes by a third and employment litigation by c.50%, despite transformation/redundancy projects, by establishing technical review and support function for the HR team.
  • Offshored administrative and technical elements of Employee Relations work to an operations team in India.
  • Increased employee engagement within areas of responsibility.

Group Employment Lawyer

Equiniti Group PLC | Sep 16 - Jul 18

  • Established an in-house employment law function. The role was responsible for servicing all the employment law needs across the Equiniti Group (UK, Netherlands, Poland, India and the US) including extensive support to the Executive and senior management teams.
  • Provided legal advice on multiple disposals, acquisitions and high value and complex TUPE transfers arising from insourcing or outsourcing activity.
  • End to end employment advice, including management of litigation including advocacy, management of external lawyers, corporate support, exit agreements, complex disciplinary and grievances, public sector terms, pensions, restrictive covenants, FCA regulations/SMCR, restructuring, policy development and training.

Legal Consultant

Mamas & Papas Limited | Jun 16 - Sep 16

Developed and implemented a compliance governance programme for the business (national and international). Provided commercial and employment law support to the legal team. Key responsibilities:

  • Drafting and implementing compliance policies, conducting risk assessments and developing implementation plans for rollout through the employee and supply chain network.
  • Drafting and advising on commercial contracts including supplier agreements, international distribution agreements, international data transfer agreements and media contracts.
  • Handling employment tribunal claims, reviewing employment policies and procedures for compliance and advising the HR team improvements to policies and procedures.

Group Employment Lawyer

Provident Financial plc & Vanquis Bank | Jan 08 - May 16

FCA & PRA regulated businesses. Established an in-house employment law function. Responsible for end to end employment law advice across the Group (UK and ROI), including at Executive level.

  • Company Legal representative in a major HMRC investigation into employment status (primary business risk).
  • Worked closely on the business’ transition to FCA authorisation including redesign of agency contract and process design.

Legal Risk Oversight Manager

Provident Financial PLC | Sep 14 - May 16

Established a legal risk function with responsibility for developing and implementing the legal risk governance framework.

  • Member of the Enterprise Risk Oversight Committee, accountable to the business for legal risk issues.
  • Established processes within the legal team to improve compliance with the Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority rules.

Employment Lawyer

Northern Foods PLC | Jun 05 - Jan 08

Day to day employment law support to the business including management of all employment litigation including advocacy, training and policy development. Employment lead on major disposal programme.

Employment Lawyer

Lupton Fawcett Solicitors | Sep 03 - May 05

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Trainee Solicitor

Lupton Fawcett Solicitors | Sep 01 - Jun 03

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CV

Legal education

Leeds University | Sep 95 - Sep 98

LPC

College of Law | Sep 99 - Sep 00

CV

Non Legal education

Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management and Leadership

Chartered Management Institute | Apr 10 - Jun 12

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