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Goodman Derrick LLP, Alison Downie, London, ENGLAND

Alison Downie

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Goodman Derrick LLP

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Alison heads the employment department. She specialises in the full range of employment and discrimination law and related contract matters. She also advises and acts in work place related regulatory and professional disciplinary matters. Her experience in complex civil and commercial litigation and cross-jurisdiction disputes adds to her skills. She is recommended as a UK leader in the field in Chambersā€™ Guide to the Legal Profession and The Legal 500, and was The Timesā€™ Lawyer of the Week in May 2005. She advises and acts for both employers and employees on all types of employment and procedural issues, ranging from contract disputes, dismissals, the full range of discrimination, human rights, victimisation, whistleblowing, injunctions, health and safety to restructures, boardroom disputes and governance issues. She is known for handling and winning tough cases and providing creative, pragmatic solutions to employment problems. Her employer clients include: public and private limited companies; UK and international charities and NGOs; trade unions; media organisations and publishers; professional associations; public bodies; local authorities; campaigning organisations; professional partnerships, law firms and barristers chambers. Alison advises and acts for the national Labour Party. She acts for the widest range of individuals from top level national and international senior professionals and executives, Chief Executives of national bodies and Board Directors to low paid workers on equal pay disputes or facing discrimination. She acts for international organisations and companies with cross - jurisdictional employment issues, particularly in India and Africa and cross border within Europe. She has acted in cases in Employment Tribunals and the High Court right up to the Supreme Court. Recent reported cases: Talbot v The General Federation of Trade Unions [2011]; Professor Jeff Franks v Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London [2010]; Peter Lewis v HSBC Bank plc; The Nursing and Midwifery Council and Norma Ndbele ('Undercover Angels' ā€“ Channel 4 award-winning Dispatches programme); John Reaney v Diocese of Hereford (Church of England).


Qualified 1986; partner Goodman Derrick 2009.


Executive committee member (former chair) The Law Society Law; Management Section; Employment Lawyers Association; Industrial Law Society; Discrimination Law Association.


Lancaster Girls Grammar School; Middlesex University (BA (Hons)).


The Groucho Club.

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