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Averta Employment Lawyers LLP

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Birmingham, London

Rachel Broughton

Work 0870 421 1952
Averta Employment Lawyers LLP

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Rachel joined Averta Employment Lawyers in 2007 becoming a partner in 2008. She had previously worked as a senior associate for eight years at DLA Piper in Birmingham, alongside David Sykes and Alan Jones. At DLA she acted for various corporate clients in retail, banking, telecoms, manufacturing and other sectors and became an extremely capable and regular advocate in tribunal. Additionally she was involved in training, workshops and seminars, together with large scale redundancies and restructuring exercises. These skills, converted to the benefit of the senior executive, have been further developed at Averta. Rachel remains a keen and regular advocate both at employment and other tribunals, and has handled a number of complex multi-day discrimination claims securing significant sums on behalf of claimant clients. Her expertise is such that she has been asked to act as an external expert, conducting complex grievance investigations and hearings on behalf of local authorities. Rachel has a great deal of empathy with her clients and, as such, regularly receives plaudits from individuals facing difficult tribunal claims or unpleasant situations at work.


Trained Twig Farnell 1994-96; assistant solicitor Shacklocks 1996-98; DLA Piper 1998-2006; Averta 2007 to date.


Nottingham Law School (1994 Law LLB Hons; LPC).


Theatre, walking, cycling, reading, karaoke.

West Midlands: Human resources


Within: Employment

According to one client, Averta Employment Lawyers LLP is ‘without doubt the best niche firm for senior executive issues’, while another singles out its lawyers for being ‘proactive, experienced and streets ahead of their competition’. The firm regularly acts for senior executives, directors and other high-value professionals on the full range of employment law issues. Key figures include the ‘vastly experienced and invaluably calmAlan Jones and the ‘totally brilliant’ and ‘hugely practicalDavid Sykes. Recent highlights include complicated contentious matters related to discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, and injunctions filed against executives leaving their employment to join or set up a competing entity. Other notable cases revolved around allegations of gross misconduct in which clients were accused of misappropriating funds or unacceptable behaviour in the workplace; the ‘very helpful, professional and pragmaticRachel Broughton leads on these matters. The team also handles internal disciplinary procedures with regards to disability discrimination and bullying in the work place.

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