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Kingsley Napley LLP
KNIGHTS QUARTER
14 ST JOHN'S LANE
LONDON
EC1M 4AJ
England

Living Wage

Work Department

Employment

Position

Niki is a partner within the employment team who has a strong litigation practice. She has successfully pursued and defended numerous hard-fought cases in the High Court and Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal, discrimination and breach of contract.

Niki combines technical rigour with commercial nous and a pragmatic approach to place clients in the best possible position to avoid litigation, initiate claims or, for employers, provide a strong defence to any claims and reach favourable resolutions.

Niki has often acted in complex cases requiring her to navigate overlapping issues such as equal pay, discrimination, harassment, sickness absence, performance and misconduct. She regularly advises on substantial, wide-ranging investigations.

She has particular experience of representing employers and employees in the higher education, retail, media, professional and financial sectors.

Niki co-edits the employment precedents in Sweet Maxwell’s Practical Commercial Precedents.

Career

Trained at Denton Wilde Sapte (now Dentons), qualified 2004; specialist employment firm Archon Solicitors 2004-2019 ; promoted to partner January 2019; Kingsley Napley LLP 2019 to present.

Languages

French

Memberships

Employment Lawyers Association

Education

College of Law, Guildford – Diploma in Law (distinction) 2001; and Legal Practice Course (distinction) 2002

University of Sussex – French and African and Asian Studies (BA Hons 1999)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Senior executives

Kingsley Napley LLP acquired Archon Employment Solicitors in October 2019, more than doubling the size of its employment department and also boosting its capabilities with regards to financial services and regulatory matters. The practice is regularly instructed by clients based in the US, and has recently been active advising corporate and professional services companies on SMCR, sexual misconduct claims, equal pay, as well as senior-level exits and confidentiality breaches. On the senior executive side, the team is regularly sought out to act for board-level clients, especially on sensitive matters involving claims of discrimination or unfair dismissal. Partner level arrivals following the acquisition include Corinne Aldridge, who now heads up the practice and is an expert on equal opportunities-related issues, Nick Ralph and Nikola Southern. Former team head Richard Fox maintains an active practice. At the time of the merger, the experienced Adam Lambert departed for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

London > Employment > Employers

Kingsley Napley LLP acquired Archon Employment Solicitors in October 2019, more than doubling the size of its employment department and also boosting its capabilities with regards to financial services and regulatory matters. The practice is regularly instructed by clients based in the US, and has recently been active advising corporate and professional services companies on SMCR, sexual misconduct claims, equal pay, as well as senior-level exits and confidentiality breaches. On the senior executive side, the team is regularly sought out to act for board-level clients, especially on sensitive matters involving claims of discrimination or unfair dismissal. Partner level arrivals following the acquisition include Corinne Aldridge, who now heads up the practice and is an expert on equal opportunities-related issues, Nick Ralph and Nikola Southern. Former team head Richard Fox maintains an active practice. At the time of the merger, the experienced Adam Lambert departed for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.