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Employment > Employees/unions Tier 3

The employment team at didlaw is noted for its strong expertise in female employees’ issues, including sexual harassment, maternity and pregnancy matters, and sex discrimination cases. Other areas of particular strength of the practice are mental health matters in the workplace and disability claims, making it a popular choice for senior professionals from the education, banking and financial services industries. The practice leadership is split between Anita Vadgama, who is ‘brilliant with clients, understands their needs and is incredibly reassuring’, disability and discrimination expert Karen Jackson, and the ‘knowledgeable and tenacious Elizabeth McGlone, who joined the team from Harrison Clark Rickerbys in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Karen Jackson; Anita Vadgama; Elizabeth McGlone


‘Didlaw was truly superb throughout the process. They were clear about all likely outcomes and offered advice every step of the way. I felt truly cared for and when the process concluded I can genuinely say that the team was just as pleased about the final outcome as I was.’

‘Karen Jackson is simply an incredible human being. She showed real care and made me realise that I didn’t have to simply accept being treated badly. She kept me in the loop all the time. She was in touch daily to keep me up to speed.’

‘An array of stars in a uniquely impressive firm of outstanding, innovative and cutting-edge employment and discrimination lawyers.’

‘Elizabeth McGlone is one of the most knowledgeable and tenacious lawyers that I know. It is a pleasure and privilege to work with her.’

‘Excellent client care, attention to detail, knowledge of the law.’

‘Didlaw is a great boutique firm, small in size, but really fantastic in terms of quality. They are very client-focused and willing to take on difficult cases, including pro-bono work. I would highly recommend them to family and friends if they had an employment dispute. Top notch.’

‘Karen Jackson leads the team. She is fantastic and very strong intellectually, with a practical approach to getting the right outcome for the client. Fearless, willing to take on difficult cases, and delivering brilliant results.’

Anita Vadgama is brilliant with clients, understands their needs and is incredibly reassuring. A real fighter as well, and will fight her client’s corner, whilst also giving a realistic appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of a claim. I’ve worked with her a lot and she is a pleasure to work with. An asset to any team.’

Work highlights

  • Represented the claimant in Barrow v Kellogg Brown & Root (UK) Limited, a disability discrimination case in excess of £2m.
  • Acted for the claimant in Ling Kong v Gulf International Bank, a claim for automatic unfair dismissal pursuant to Section 130A of the Employment Rights Act 1996.

Employment > Senior executives Tier 4

The didlaw team is co-led by Karen Jackson, who is ‘simply one of the best employment and discrimination lawyers in the business’; the ‘professional and diligentAnita Vadgama; and Elizabeth McGlone, who is ‘an outstandingly knowledgeable innovative and dedicated lawyer’. The firm specialises in discrimination cases including handling disability, sexual harassment, maternity and sex discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):

Karen Jackson; Anita Vadgama; Elizabeth McGlone


‘The personal attention given to your case and the compassion shown and drive to secure the best outcome for the client stands out.’

‘Anita Vadgama is outstanding, caring, knowledgeable and spent the time to explain the different scenarios and potential outcomes in a very caring, professional and diligent way.’

‘You can tell it’s personal for this team. Their exceptional knowledge combined with their compassion is what makes them so unique. There’s no one I’d rather have in my corner if I have an issue.’

‘Karen Jackson makes you feel completely held, safe and confident in the middle of a process that could really floor your. She is totally clear and honest and you have the sense she only cares about what’s best for her client. She eats, sleeps and breathes your case.’

‘An array of stars in a uniquely impressive firm of outstandingly innovative and cutting edge employment and discrimination lawyers.’

‘Elizabeth McGlone an outstandingly knowledgeable innovative and dedicated lawyer. Karen Jackson, simply one of the best employment and discrimination lawyers in the business. You want her on your side.’

‘Client care skills, knowledge of the law, attention to detail.’

‘Karen Jackson, superb negotiating skills, client care, knowledge.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a client in achieving the second largest ever award in the Employment Tribunals for disability discrimination in excess of £2m.
  • Advised a client in a claim for automatic unfair dismissal pursuant to section 103A Employment Rights Act 1996 was dismissed.

didlaw is a specialist employment and discrimination law practice set up by the ‘superb’ Karen Jackson in 2008.  The firm has a focus on disability discrimination and other health related workplace issues, such as stress PI claims for psychiatric injury, with a growing emphasis on cases relating to sex, maternity and other forms of discrimination.  Through Jackson’s specialism in disability discrimination, the firm continues to focus on this area with a majority of this work being around stress and mental health issues and often involving senior people.

Practice head(s)
Karen Jackson, Anita Vadgama, Elizabeth McGlone

“I appreciate the strong professional and interpersonal approach.

“Karen Jackson is superb at what she does; one of the best negotiators I have ever met; excellent client care skills; measured; knows both the law and how to use it.  Provides good instructions at the right time and with the right degree of detail.  A pleasure to work with.

Key clients
Williams v. University of Swansea & The Trustees of Swansea University Pension Scheme (UKSC 2017/0141)

Mr D Barrow v Kellogg Brown Root ET

Employment Karen Jackson - Managing Partner/Solicitorkaren.jackson@didlaw.com020 7099 7508
Employment Anita Vadgama - Partner/Solicitoranita.vadgama@didlaw.com020 7099 7508
Employment Elizabeth McGlone - Partner/Solicitorelizabeth.mcglone@didlaw.com020 7099 7508
Managing Partner/Solicitor : 1
Partners : 2
Solicitors : 2
Trainee Solicitor : 2
Paralegal : 1
Accounts Manager : 1
Finance Director/Non-practising Partner : 1
Senior Solicitors : 2
Practice Manager : 1
Business Team Administrator : 1
ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)
ILS (Industrial Law Society)
DLA (Discrimination Lawyers Association)

All testimonials are from private individuals and anonymised.

I was very impressed with the promptness and clarity of the legal advice I received. Timing was tight and they understood this and moved swiftly; I wish I could say the same about my employer.

Thank you so much for all your diligent work this year. It’s rare to find in your most stressful time of life, a company & people who deliver such wonderful professionalism and still see their client’s humanity. Words are not enough.

Thanks so much for helping you quickly put my mind at rest very much appreciated and stopped me from worrying.

Billing information was always clear and accurate. Invoices were presented on time within 7 days at the end of each month. Hourly rates were higher than elsewhere but represented good value for money because the work was always done quickly and efficiently.

Elizabeth saved my life. Honestly. She’s a powerhouse and genuinely one of the kindest people I’ve ever been lucky enough to know. I’ve come a long way, but without her none of this would have even been possible. Please tell her thank you and also my congrats to her too!

Our call left me feeling positive, reassured and empowered about my employment situation for the first time in 18 months. Thank you! Between the client testimonials, hearing your podcast interviews and the empathy and professionalism you displayed during our call I have total confidence in choosing Didlaw to represent me.

Fantastic service from didlaw. Anita offered a calm, considered approach along with insightful, accurate and actionable advice that ultimately led to a de-escalation of my issue and the very best outcome for me. I would highly recommend didlaw.

Thanks so much for sending through the final agreement and you have been so great to work with. Cannot thank you enough as it wasn’t just your expertise that I valued but you also brought real empathy and treated me as a human being during a really challenging period in my life. I feel blessed with the legal and medical support I’ve had access to when my employer failed me. I will be very happy to write a review for you and if anyone in my network also needs employment advice I will be sending them to you and Karen! Please do also send me an invoice for any monies still owed to you and if I ever meet you IRL I will happily buy you a very large drink! Thanks so much Elizabeth.

I simply cannot thank you enough for your help and support. Although scared, I am in a place where I can hopefully rebuild a future. I can’t lie, it’s very hard and I miss my old life and job but it is what it is. Thank you for all your support and kindness. You truly are wonderful.

Thank you so much for all the assistance you gave me, how you listened and understood made me feel validated and hopeful. If I had the money I would of definitely chosen you to represent me.

Without you I couldn’t have done all this. I think you were brilliant from start to finish. You really did help alleviate a lot of the stress and as this was probably one of the most challenging and difficult times in my life, your help was really appreciated and meant a lot. You’re very empathetic and have a really nice way about you. But also very clear and pragmatic kind of approach gave me the full confidence in you. Thank you very much. I will always recommend you and your firm. All the best and with thanks.

I have read through and understood everything and must say I feel in very safe hands. Great clarity in the documents and plain English (quite an achievement in this line of work :))

I can’t recommend Didlaw enough. From my initial telephone call right through to the end, their professionalism was exceptional. I absolutely trusted their advice which resulted in a wonderful outcome. Thank you!

Unfortunately, it became obvious that there was no way I could get to the outcome I really wanted, that is staying employed with the contractual conditions I had. However, that said, the outcome achieved was the best that could have been hoped for after that.

I appreciate Kendal’s professionalism last week for what is an emotionally driven time for me.

Very prompt and efficient service within a short timescale and within the allocated budget. Elizabeth was highly efficient and clear and gave sound legal advice, within a constrained timeframe and budget. I would definitely approach Didlaw again if I need employment legal advice in the future.

Thank you once again for all your help, as you know it was a very difficult time for me and although I’m glad it’s over I’m still a long way off where I need to be personally. At least now I don’t have the issue looming over me.

Testimonials from Google Reviews (which can be verified online).

5 stars Janet Brown

I am pleased to give the strongest recommendation to Didlaw. I expected a thorough and highly professional approach based on the recommendations I had received regarding this firm being nationally leading, but Karen Jackson and her colleagues also gave me an extremely high level of personal attention and understanding, coupled with a tough but fair stance towards the ‘other side’, which enabled us to progress to a resolution. They were always there for me and my family (and still are should I need further support). I cannot thank them enough for their understanding and support throughout.

5 stars Sima Ruparelia

Didlaw were brilliant on both the occasions I used them. I worked with Anita who was fantastic. They were supportive, professional, empathetic and knew the best way to negotiate. My interactions with the other members was also good, always there to listen and help. I can’t recommend them enough.

5 stars Ran Mangat

Karen Jackson personally managed the end to end process from our introductory call to signing the settlement agreement. She provided timely progress updates, sometimes 3 emails In a day, which helped me get through a period of uncertainty and also set out my options clearly to secure a favourable outcome. Karen is passionate about holding organisations to account when they treat their employees unfairly at work. If you need legal experts to fight your corner then I strongly recommend that you contact the team at didlaw.

5 stars Ian Payne

Really professional, refreshingly direct and very efficient with your time. I dealt with the Principal Karen Jackson and one of her top support staff members. Always courteous, always on time and always followed through on their commitments. I always felt I was getting really well informed advice but with a highly pragmatic approach.

5 star Janina Jedamzik

Didlaw were utterly incredible throughout my difficult time. They were always on hand, whatever time, night or day, and helped me navigate this minefield of rules and laws. I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone needing employment support. Incredible service and humane interactions at all time.

5 stars Alison Wilde

didlaw were exceptional. They more than met every expectation I had of legal employment support, when everything seemed impossible. They were acutely aware of the mental distress which can be experienced in such situations and built this in to advice received and actions taken on my behalf, at every step. I felt listened to and understood throughout, and beyond the period they acted for. They were even there to guide me two years later, as I moved on to other projects. Words cannot convey my gratitude.

5 stars Joanne Cook

I remember clearly the very first call I had with Anita from Didlaw. Her incredible knowledge and experience was evident but what struck me the most was her warmth, her ability to allow you to feel heard, to understand, show care and consideration and empathy all whilst giving confidence that matters would be in good hands and dealt with swiftly. This feeling was emulated across the whole team who I came into contact with over a few months. A highly skilled and professional team who have ‘human’ at the heart of the work they do. I cannot recommend Anita and the Didlaw team highly enough.

5 stars Haptic World

I worked with Kendal Youngblood from didlaw, she was extremely efficient, quick, thorough, understood my problem well and everything was sorted out in less than a week. Kendal was very easy to communicate with and I would highly recommend her. Thanks Kendal!

5 stars Carl Lindsay

Jo from didlaw and her colleagues that supported my case were very professional, supportive and honest. Jo was a real credit to didlaw I can’t thank her enough. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending didlaw.

5 stars Mike McKinlay

Outstanding!! I had a very tricky case that I had started with another firm, I decided to switch law firms to Didlaw. They grabbed the case and transformed my position. We did end up going the distance but we did WIN!! I cannot recommend Didlaw more highly.

5 stars Claire Camara

If you need some brilliant professional support and a wealth incredible of expertise then I cannot recommend Anita Vadgama and the team at Didlaw highly enough. Empathetic and navigating an individual or team through complexity is second to none.

5 stars David Barrow

Specialist knowledge + smart thinking + excellent teamwork = record result! See Tribunal Case 2303683/18 and search for media coverage that speaks for itself. If you are an employee or claimant searching for the very best help with employment law, you have found what you are looking for. No question.

5 star Ross W

Super efficient, communicative and supporting.

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