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SOMERFIELD HOUSE, 59 LONDON ROAD, MAIDSTONE, KENT, ME16 8JH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01622 690691
Fax:
Fax 01622 681430
DX:
4806 MAIDSTONE-1
Email:
Web:
www.brachers.co.uk

Catherine Daw

Tel:
Work 01622 655291
Email:
Brachers

Work Department

Employment

Position

Partner and Head of Employment 

Expertise

  • Employment law and HR advice
  • Employment Tribunal Claims, particularly high value discrimination complaints
  • Advice on restructuring and redundancy
  • Collective issues including trade union maters
  • Complex disciplinary issues
  • Advice to healthcare organisations including NHS trusts

Career

Catherine qualified with Rowley Ashworth (now part of thompsons) in 1999. She joined Brachers in June 1999 and was made partner in 2003. 

Catherine works with employers, particularly those in the healthcare and manufacturing sectors, giving strategic and day-to-day advice to HR teams and representing clients in relation to complex employment tribunal claims, particularly complaints of discrimination and those connected with whistle-blowing.

Member

The Law Society

Employment Lawyers’ Association

Education

Lutterworth Grammar School – Leicestershire

Brunel University – LLB hons

College of Law – Guildford - LPC


South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Brachers has 'a strong employment team with bright friendly personalities and a pragmatic common sense approach to the resolution of issues'.  In addition to corporates, its clients are drawn from public bodies and NHS trusts and it has strong sector focus in areas such as healthcare, education, manufacturing and tourism. It also has a dedicated HR consultancy arm. Practice head Catherine Daw is highly regarded for the breadth of her expertise, as is Colin Smith. Associate Rachael Russell is, according to one client, 'insightful and knowledgeable' and has 'a way of removing the stress from a difficult situation'.

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South East: Public sector

Education

Within: Education

Brachers fields a cross-disciplinary team that acts for a range of academy schools and further education colleges, as well as a number of free schools, foundation schools, SEN schools and private colleges. The firm is acting for Hadlow Group on the restructuring of its asset portfolio, which involves the disposal of land to government agencies and housebuilders. Other recent highlights include advising Canterbury College on its merger with East Kent College, which involved the transfer of the client's estate to East Kent College and the dissolution of Canterbury College. Commercial property specialist Bill Butler heads the practice, which includes Ash Jilani, who is leading on the Hadlow Group matter, and employment specialists Joanna Worby and Catherine Daw.

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Health

Within: Health

Brachers fields a team with extensive experience in healthcare matters, as illustrated by its presence on the NHS Commercial Alliance framework panel and its work for a number of NHS trusts and medical defence organisations. The practice also acts for GP federations, corporations and individual practices, for which it handles merger and succession issues. Recent work includes acting for Medway NHS Foundation Trust in an inquest concerning the death of a patient from suspected pre-eclampsia, and advising Tonbridge Medical Practice on the development of a new surgery. John Sheath leads the healthcare team and has more than 30 years' experience handling clinical negligence inquests, health and safety issues, and Court of Protection declaration work, among other areas of expertise. Employment specialist  Catherine Daw is also recommended.

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