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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Helen Mortlock

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Helen is a senior member of the firm's national education team. She leads an all service team which acts for the majority of universities and colleges in Wales and SW England.

Helen's recent experience includes;

  • Advising a university on the imposition of the national higher education framework agreement on pay and grading.  
  • Advising a number of chartered universities on the reform of the model statute dealing with the discipline, dismissal and grievances of academic staff.
  • Advising several universities on the topic of fixed term research staff, which included dealing with Tribunal claims of unfair dismissal and claims for a declaration of permanent status.
  • Advising numerous education institutions on complex points of redundancy law in connection with the economic downturn, including the design of redundancy schemes to manage specialist higher education pension scheme and age discrimination risks.
  • Advising a university on complex, high value, whistleblowing litigation by high profile research staff, which included dealing with regulatory bodies and research councils.
  • Advising several institutions on specialist issues associated with the employment of clinical academic staff, including the challenges posed by the joint employment contracts under which they are engaged.

Helen has been named in Legal 500 as being "highly recommended by clients for her work with higher education institutions." She has also been appointed a Governor of a University. Helen is a regular speaker at external events organised by Universities.

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Legal Director

Wales: Human resources

Employment: Cardiff

Within: Employment: Cardiff

The ‘responsive and pragmatic’ 20-strong team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides 'tactically astute’ and ‘very commercial advice’ across both contentious and non-contentious matters to public and private sector clients including Welsh Water, Wolverine Worldwide, Neilsen Group and British Broadcasting Corporation. The sheer size of the team enables practitioners within it to have significant pockets of expertise. For example, Thomas Player excels at handling industrial relations work and recently represented SPX Flow on its negotiation of a European Works Council in accordance with the EU directive and the Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations. Many of Tom Bray’s clients are major global entities including Heathrow Airport, which he continues to represent on all its employment tribunals and industrial relations needs. ‘Outstanding’ team head Anthony Rees provides ‘responsive and solution-focused advice’ across a range of contentious and non-contentious work for both private and public sector clients; he recently successfully defended global motor manufacturing company Toyoda Gosei against claims of victimisation, race discrimination and breach of contract. Other recommended practitioners include Huw Rolant Jones, who leads on all the public sector mandates handled by the group; ‘impressive’ senior associate Richard Woodhead , who provides ‘sensitive and sensible advice’ on complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims; and legal director Helen Mortlock , who handles employment work for the firm’s higher education clients.

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