Simon Whysall

Partner and Principal

Simon Whysall, 21 years’ experience in private practice, is the Principal of Altor Employment Solicitors and an Accredited Employment and Workplace Mediator.

Rated in Band 1 by the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners: Simon Whysall stands out as a leading employment adviser…. thanks to his “prompt responses, positive client relationships,”​ and, “detailed approach to any issue raised.”​ One source offered extensive praise for his wide-ranging work: “He is very knowledgeable, he deals with issues thoroughly, and he keeps a close eye on things to ensure the best result for us. Good, commercial advice.”

Please read some of the recommendations for Simon’s work.

Simon has always practised as a specialist employment solicitor. He was a Partner and the Head of the Employment and Benefits practice in the Milton Keynes office of one of the largest law firms in the world for 10 years from April 2006 and before that he practised in two leading London based law firms.

Simon advises on all aspects of employment law and has particular expertise on employment litigation in the Employment Tribunal and High Court, restructures, business-wide changes to employee contracts, TUPE, collective consultation issues, the employment aspects of outsourcing projects and corporate transactions, PFI/PPP deals and data protection.

Simon regularly advises on executive exits and settlement negotiations and his work often includes a pan-European/international element. He has a close network of employment lawyers in other countries that he has worked with on international assignments over many years.

Simon has particular and extensive experience of advising on employment law issues in the transport, telecommunications, retail, education, media and financial services sectors. Simon has led and been responsible for the employment work for many clients over the years to include Tech Mahindra, Ralph Lauren, Silverstone Circuits, Cognita Schools, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and DZ Bank.

Landline Number: 02030 538 656
Mobile Number: 07780 847 535
Email Address: simon.whysall@altor-solicitors.co.uk

 

Catrin Mills

Solicitor

Catrin Mills, 18 years’ experience in private practice, is a solicitor for Altor Employment Solicitors.

Recognised several times by Chambers and Partners and most recently in the 2017 Legal 500: “Catrin Mills has significant experience representing media and education sector clients in contentious matters, and represents high-profile companies, along with senior and board level employees, in the Employment Tribunal. Mills provides ‘clear, sound advice’ and ‘explains all available options’.

Catrin started her career with a City law firm and prior to joining Altor was a partner with Longmores Solicitors in Hertford.

Catrin advises organisations on all types of employment and HR issues, ranging from employee dismissals and grievances to complex reorganisations, collective redundancy, outsourcing, and TUPE, and has a successful track record of representing clients in employment disputes in the Employment Tribunal, County Court and High Court. Catrin also represents senior executives in severance negotiations.

Catrin has specialist sector experience of advising recruitment companies, and has advised extensively on issues relating to agency workers. Catrin also regularly represents clients in breach of confidentiality and restrictive covenant cases.

Landline Number: 0203 551 5773
Mobile Number: 07538 852 493
Email Address: catrin.mills@altor-solicitors.co.uk

Clare Nicolaou

Solicitor

Clare Nicolaou, 11 years’ experience in private practice and in-house, is a solicitor for Altor Employment Solicitors.

Clare is an experienced employment lawyer, having worked extensively both in private practice and in-house in telecommunications and retail. Clare provides clients with pragmatic and commercial solutions to meet their needs, rather than simply giving options. Clare gives sound commercial advice to clients in plain English and without legal jargon! Clare has significant advocacy experience and in employment tribunal claims Clare can take on complete conduct of the case, which includes appearing at the hearing on the client’s behalf instead of instructing a barrister.

Clare has particular experience in the following areas:

  • Bringing or defending employment tribunal claims, including advocacy
  • Resolving discrimination, bullying and harassment issues
  • Managing risk in TUPE transfers
  • Dispute resolution – disciplinary issues, grievances and whistleblowing
  • Managing collective redundancies and restructuring in fast moving commercial environments
  • Dealing with maternity and family friendly matters
  • Trade union issues and industrial action
  • Training and workshops for HR and line managers on all aspects of employment law, with a particular interest in managing stress and mental health issues in the workplace
  • Drafting and negotiating termination packages and strategies for all levels of employees and directors
  • Drafting contracts of employment and implanting contractual changes
  • Managing employee relations functions and promoting a positive employment culture

Prior to training as a solicitor Clare enjoyed a successful 10-year career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry in sales, marketing and account management. This gave Clare a solid grounding in business and has ensured that the advice she gives is always relevant and consistent with the commercial aims of the client. Clare then trained as a solicitor with a large regional firm of solicitors in Milton Keynes before working in-house for several years at BT, Comet and GAME. Until September 2018 she was Head of Employment at GAME, the UK’s leading gaming retailer, accountable for GAME’s employee relations function and responsible for managing the employment tribunal caseload, which included appearing in court on the company’s behalf. Clare is experienced in advising company boards on employment strategy and risk management in TUPE transfers, restructures and wide-scale changes to terms and conditions. Clare’s other expertise includes drafting and updating employment contracts and policies, advising in relation to complex disciplinary, grievance, discrimination and whistleblowing matters and implementing performance management programmes.

Clare is a lecturer at BPP Law School, with a particular interest in training on mental health issues in the workplace. She is also qualified in the NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety and can advise businesses on both legal requirements and practical aspects of health and safety in the workplace.

Mobile Number: 07887 592817
Email Address: clare.nicolaou@altor-solicitors.co.uk

Shelley Hilsdon

Solicitor

Shelley Hilsdon, 7 years’ experience in private practice, is a solicitor for Altor Employment Solicitors.

Shelley is a specialist employment solicitor who delivers focused, commercial legal advice. She was noted as being ‘recommended’ by clients in The Legal 500.

Shelley trained and qualified as an employment solicitor at international law firm Dentons. She is experienced in advising clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters including disputes and tribunal claims, employment documentation and corporate support.

Shelley acts for both employers and employees. She provides legal advice throughout the employment lifecycle: from drafting contractual documents, to providing support with employee relations, to negotiating exits and settlement agreements. She also has extensive experience of employment tribunal claims.

She is experienced in conducting employment due-diligence for corporate transactions, providing accurate and commercially focused reports to the client and advising on connected issues such as TUPE, redundancy and directors’ service agreements.

She has particular experience of advising clients in the transport, telecommunications, retail, media and financial services sectors. Her clients have included Virgin Atlantic, Heathrow Airport, NTT Docomo, Ralph Lauren and the Hilton hotel chain.

Shelley regularly writes on employment law topics and has delivered bespoke training to clients on issues such as disability discrimination and managing employee exits.

Landline Number: 0203 551 5772
Email Address: shelley.hilsdon@altor-solicitors.co.uk

Pardip Singhota

HR Consultant

Pardip Singhota is an HR Consultant for the clients of Altor Employment Solicitors, with 19 years of HR experience and a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Pardip’s HR experience was gained working as an Employee Relations Manager for a global bank where she supported and implemented a number of reorganisation and restructures, investigated complex disciplinary and grievance matters and advised directors and managers on best practice.  More recently she has supported over 100 small and medium sized businesses by acting as their HR function.  The diverse range of sectors Pardip has worked with include facilities management, architecture, hospitality, manufacturing, finance, insurance and logistics.

Pardip’s advice has enabled businesses to avoid and, where necessary, robustly defend employment tribunal claims by following her advice on how best to manage their employees.

Pardip’s key skills include running investigations, disciplinary and grievance matters, redundancy procedures and absence management.

Pardip’s approach to the businesses and people she supports is to provide them with proactive, pragmatic and commercial advice so they feel enabled to make an informed decision and to be in control of whatever the situation they are facing.  Pardip has been described as very knowledgeable and personable.

Mobile Number: 07508 022261

Email Address: pardip.singhota@altor-solicitors.co.uk

Gill Craik

HR Consultant

Gill Craik, 20 years’ experience, is an HR Consultant for the clients of Altor Employment Solicitors.

Gill has worked for a wide range of entities across the private and public sectors, including commercial businesses, charities and not for profit organisations. Her realistic advice is based upon previous experiences gained in operational and commercial roles.

Gill is a fully qualified Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD), and is currently studying for her Legal Masters in Employment Law (LLM).

Gill’s key skills and achievements include:

People management – Managed people ranging from small teams of 20 people to larger groups (200+ people) including multi-site and cross border teams.

Employee relations – Managed investigations and hearings for grievances and disciplinary matters (including appeals) and performance management issues. Successfully managed two warehouse closure programmes for an international engineering company.

Possesses a deep and broad commercial and operational mind-set. Empowers key leadership decisions through the provision of top level HR, business and operational advice, underpinned by thorough research and knowledge building.

Recruitment and selection – Successfully recruited a range of staff, including specialist roles.

Learning and development – Developed and delivered absence management and development programmes for clients in the engineering, charity, automotive and mobile assets sectors.

Influencing – Gained board approval for the development and training of a national absence management system and roll out across the UK, resulting in financial savings to the organization; guided a full complement of board members through the HR aspects of a complex TUPE process, redundancy consultation and change management programme to enhance services for its clients.

Gill has excellent communication skills; she is able to communicate and relate to staff at all levels, including staff forums, works councils, boards and trustees. She has coached executive teams to top levels of performance and draws on her extensive experience of enhancing skills and knowledge to win the confidence of business leaders and line managers on a range of company issues.

Mobile Number: 07976 093549
Email Address: gill.craik@altor-solicitors.co.uk

Stephanie Mackey

HR Consultant

Stephanie Mackey, is an HR Consultant for the clients of Altor Employment Solicitors having over 18 years’ experience in the HR field.  She is a qualified Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD).

Before starting as an HR Consultant, Stephanie spent many years in manufacturing and engineering and then moved in to logistics, working for both blue chip and SME organisations.  Since then she has worked in a wide range of sectors including automotive, construction, engineering, logistics, and not for profit organisations, covering the whole employment life cycle.

Some of her key skills include:

TUPE, Redundancy and Restructuring, where she project managed a TUPE-In transfer, from a blue chip company of approximately 230 people from 3 sites – in Gloucester and Manchester into one dedicated site in Staffordshire phased over 12 months to accommodate operational requirements.  In addition, the transfer-In, of approximately 50 technicians and staff into a global organisation covering 2 separate locations.

Also advising on the complexity of adjusting terms and conditions to fit the new operation, re-aligning organisational structures and recruiting additional staff to replace those who did not transfer, incorporating redundancy.  As a team effort with management, our key formula is to keep communication channels open thereby ensuring the process is seamless and any risk to the organisation is minimised.

Mobile Number: 07771 505605
Email Address: stephanie.mackey@altor-solicitors.co.uk