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Penningtons Manches LLP

DA VINCI HOUSE, BASING VIEW, BASINGSTOKE, RG21 4EQ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01256 407100
Fax:
Fax 01256 479425
DX:
148600 BASINGSTOKE 21
Email:
Web:
www.penningtons.co.uk

Gemma Woodhouse

Tel:
Work 01256 407118
Email:
Penningtons Manches LLP

Work Department

Employment, education, technology

Position

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”.

Career

Where trained: Penningtons Manches LLP

Year qualified: 2007

Year made partner in present firm: 2016

Member

Memberships held: ELA

Education

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


South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire

Within: Employment: Hampshire

At Penningtons Manches LLP, 'the overall level of service is phenomenal, the advice given is tailored to the business and has a view to the commercial' issues at stake. David Bickford heads a department that acts largely for employer clients and handles cases concerning whistleblowing, liability for holiday pay, discrimination actions and senior employee exits. In recent work, it has dealt with an harassment case in the film industry and separately advised on the dismissal of two board directors amid allegations of corruption. Chris Syder, whose expertise includes gender pay matters, is 'very responsive' and has a 'pragmatic' approach. Gemma Woodhouse and associate Katie Glendinning are 'knowledgeable and personable and meticulous with their case preparation'.

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