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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Work Department

Employment, education, technology


Partner specialising in employment law both contentious and non-contentious with a keen interest in all aspects of discrimination law. Since qualification, Gemma has been involved with a significant Court of Appeal decision and a number of Tribunal hearings and appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunals. She also regularly provides corporate support in relation to  business transfers and reorganisations and day to day HR advisory support for commercial clients. Gemma has also provided guidance to clients on the implications of TUPE and the terms of commercial outsourcing arrangements.

Gemma advises a number of independent schools and academies in relation to their employment law issues and was key in starting the ‘Independent Schools HR Forums’ operated by the firm. She presents seminars internally and externally on a broad range of employment issues and also contributes articles to both external publications and the firm’s regular employment update.

She is described by clients as having “a good tactical approach to dealing with HR issues”, being “very swift with her advice” and an adviser who “ acts in the client’s best interests”.


Where trained: Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Year qualified: 2007

Year made partner in present firm: 2016


Memberships held: ELA


Main secondary school attended: Yateley Comprehensive

Universities and colleges attended: Bristol University

(degrees and qualifications with years attained): 2:1 (2003) LLB (Hons)

College of Law Guildford- LPC (distinction) 2004

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Public sector > Public sector

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s cross disciplinary team has deep expertise advising clients in the public sector, primarily acting for higher education institutions and independent schools. Its deep bench includes Reading-based school sector expert Gemma Woodhouse as well as Oxford-based education group co-head Daff Richardson, whose experience in employment law enables her to engage with the often sensitive issues involved in student complaints and employment disciplinary matters. Collaboration with the firm’s wider departments means the team is well-placed to take on employment, immigration, corporate, commercial and IP-related mandates.

South East > Employment > Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

(Leading individuals)

Gemma WoodhousePenningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Daff Richardson  and Eugene Wojciechowski lead the employment team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, a local practice with an international reach which predominantly advises clients in social housing, education, tech, life sciences, financial services and construction and is highly active in boardroom disputes and other litigation. Chris Syder is ‘a superb tactician with a big heart‘  who resolves workplace issues, including through mediation. Tech companies rely on Gemma Woodhouse for advice on contentious and non-contentious matters, as well as discrimination matters.