Helen Badger > Browne Jacobson LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP
VICTORIA SQUARE HOUSE
VICTORIA SQUARE
BIRMINGHAM
B2 4BU
England

Work Department

Business and professional risk/employment.

Position

Helen specialises in employment law and acts largely for public sector clients including the NHS and the education sector. Helen has represented clients in complex Tribunal claims and has particular experience in defending whistleblowing claims against the NHS. She also has expertise in handling difficult employee relations cases often involving multiple allegations of discrimination, whistleblowing, breakdowns in relationships, mental health issues and fitness to practise.

Helen regularly advises clients on non-contentious matters including TUPE, workforce reorganisation and interpretation of terms and conditions of employment and has been a key member of the team advising on NHS trust mergers.

A recent example of Helen’s expertise includes advising an NHS Trust on a complex and potentially high profile unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim by a doctor. The claim had significant reputational and financial risks for the client given the intense publicity around whistleblowers in the NHS. The Claimant was supported by a number of high profile NHS whistleblowers who have campaigned vociferously in relation to the plight of NHS whistleblowers. Their involvement meant that the pending proceedings were likely to have attracted national and regional press interest which was a significant reputational risk for the client at a time when it had very recently merged with another organisation and was under increased scrutiny.

Through challenging negotiations with the Claimant’s representative and sensitive discussion with the NHS regulator who was required to approve settlement, Helen secured agreement of all parties to enter into a mediation. A two day mediation resulted in a settlement of the claim for a sum which was around 10% of the Claimant’s valuation of his claim and approximately 25% of the sum the Claimant was willing to settle for at the start of mediation.

The case client’s comments included

“Helen has engaged in hours of discussion with the Claimant’s legal team to narrow the issues and the massive gap between the parties on quantum.

Helen has attended meetings at Board level to ensure the Board were fully sighted during this period and was also pivotal in the Trust securing Treasury approval to settle (which in itself is exceptional).

Her dogged determination to get to a settlement at mediation and her skill and expertise in doing so secured a settlement that will enable all parties to move on, avoid the need for an ET Hearing and deliver best value for money to the taxpayer.

Helen is an asset to the team at Browne Jacobson and I wanted to write formally to ensure the Trust’s thanks are on record”.

Career

Trained Irwin Mitchell, qualified 2000, partner 2014. Irwin Mitchell 1998-2000, solicitor 2000-02; Browne Jacobson 2002-date.

Memberships

Employment Lawyers Association.

Education

Light Hall School; Universirty of Nottingham (2006 BA (Hons) English & Philosophy); University of Birmingham (2008 Post Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Certificate).

Leisure

Going to the gym, watching football – supporting Liverpool FC, raising two young children.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Employment > Employment

Browne Jacobson LLP continues to see significant growth in both the public and private sectors and most particularly in the healthcare sector. Other key sector specialisms include commercial, education and the insurance domain. James Tait and Jacqui Atkinson have been leading the group that has been busy advising clients in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Work has included advising on the redeployment of employees and staff and in the private sector it has been advising on the Job Retention Scheme as well as managing or avoiding redundancies. Helen Badger is active in the NHS and independent health sector.

West Midlands > Public sector > Education

Browne Jacobson LLP‘s ‘very knowledgeable team’ has a comprehensive practice throughout the education sector, which encompasses employment law, admissions policies, commercial agreements and safeguarding matters. ‘Trusted counsel’ Nick MacKenzie stands our for his wealth of experience advising executives, chairs and trustees in relation to governance and strategic projects; recently, he advised numerous clients on academy transfers, including Thrive Education Partnership and Core Education Trust. Richard Freeth assists schools with various matters, including admissions, behaviour and exclusion issues, Equality Act matters and parental and pupil issues. Helen Badger has expertise in employment law matters affecting the education sector, including whistleblowing, TUPE and equal pay mandates and exit strategies. Associate Lydia Michaelson-Yeates is noted for her strong track record in governance and general commercial agreements in the academies space, while associate Hayley O’Sullivan stands out for her expertise in exclusions and equality issues affecting schools and multi-academy trusts.