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Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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London, Manchester, Oxford

Susan Kelly

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Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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Partner: Sue specialises in disputes arising at or around the end of employment, including the enforcement and interpretation of restrictive covenants, and the impact of compliance and regulatory issues on employment in financial services and other professions. Sue handles claims ranging from discrimination to whistle-blowing and unfair dismissal to unpaid bonuses. Her non-contentious work includes advice on all aspects of the employment relationship, from recruitment to termination. She advises on TUPE transfers, including the due diligence aspects of such transfers. Sue comes to employment law from a background in litigation, including property, contentious probate and trust disputes, personal injury, complex professional negligence claims, defamation, contract claims and a broad range of commercial disputes. She deploys her extensive experience of dispute resolution in acting for both employers and employees, and pursues her clients’ interests vigorously, whether by negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation in the Employment Tribunal or High Court. Sue also acts regularly in partnership disagreements, boardroom difficulties and shareholder disputes.


Trained Daybells; qualified 1986; assistant solicitor Daybells 1986-87; assistant solicitor Dawsons 1988-2010; partner Winckworth Sherwood 2010-date.


Law Society of England and Wales; Employment Lawyers Association; Association of Partnership Practitioners; London Solicitors Litigation Association; Law Society Civil Justice Section.


Oxford University.

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's 'first-class' senior executive practice is 'by far and away one of the most professional, assertive and informed in the field' with 'guidance that is realistic and reasonable, deep technical knowledge and a genuine interest in getting the best outcome for the client'. The group is experienced in exit negotiations, whistleblowing issues and discrimination claims and also handles TUPE and restructurings, transactional issues and disputes for an expanding employer client roster. Jo Keddie, who is 'totally on the ball and able to apply the law in a practical and commercial way', leads the department, which also fields the 'highly knowledgeable' Susan Kelly, the 'brilliant' Andrew Yule and Anita Rai, who is 'very professional and has good insight into the processes of the law'. Bettina Bender, who 'picks up the key issues in cases very quickly', joined from CM Murray LLP in 2018.

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