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Kate Hodgkiss

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Kate is head of the employment team in Scotland, having previously been a partner in the London team. She has a wide range of clients located across the UK and beyond and working in both the public and private sectors. She advises on all areas of employment law, focusing on providing practical advice and support ranging from day to day employment relations matters, senior executive recruitment and termination issues, high value employment claims through to advice on major re-organisations and strategic change. Recent cases and work undertaken includes: acting for the employer in BEAR Scotland v Fulton and Baxter before the Employment Appeal Tribunal relating to payments in respect of holiday pay under the Working Time Regulations; advising financial services client on a long-running, complex and high value whistleblowing claim; conducting and participating in independent and legally privileged investigations for, amongst others, a financial services client following a substantial collective employee claim arising from internal reorganisation and a public sector client in relation to potential dismissal of senior employee. In addition, she is a regular speaker at both internal and external events, including speaking at CIPD and Law Society of Scotland events.


Trained Warren & Allen; qualified 1993; partner DLA Piper 2009. Following qualification, and after working in the not for profit sector and then in a small employment consultancy, Kate joined DLA Piper as a professional support lawyer in 2000. Assumed full-time fee earning role in 2006. Transferred to Edinburgh office to manage employment team in 2012.


Employment Lawyer’s Association.


Lancaster University; Nottingham Law School; LLB (Hons) Law, 1990; Law Society Finals, 1991.

Scotland: Human resources


Within: Employment

DLA Piper Scotland LLP draws on its extensive corporate and commercial expertise to advise a range of major companies on the gamut of contentious and non-contentious employment work. The team advises Heineken on all employment matters – notably its takeover of Punch Taverns, on which it conducted due diligence and proposed transitional arrangements and the TUPE transfer. It continues to assist Adtalem Global Education with a program to transfer over 700 students and staff from St. Maarten, affected by Hurricane Irma, to a temporary campus in the UK. The UK-wide team also supports Sodexo on day-to-day employment issues, transactions and employment litigation. The practice is led by Kate Hodgkiss, who alongside Julie Simpson  is noted as having ‘demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of employment law and practice’ and providing ‘down-to-earth and practical advice’. Also recommended is the ‘exceptional’ Euan Bruce.

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