- Employment contracts
- Tribunal claims
- Discipline/poor performance issues
- Redundancies and restructuring
- TUPE regulations
- Settlement Agreements
- Policies and procedures
- Drafting handbooks
- Agency worker regulations
I work in partnership with my clients. In dealing with day to day issues, I provide collaborative solutions to every problems. I pride myself on working with organisations to give practical options to move situations forward rather than theoretical explanations. I also seek to work proactively to help avoid future problems for your organisation.
Day to day advice
Acting for both companies and individuals I draft clear, concise contracts and other documentation and provide practical advice on a wide range of employment law issues. I also advise on restrictive covenant breaches and agency worker regulation. I have a particular focus on advising in the education sector including Sixth Form Colleges, Further Education Colleges and Independent Schools. I have given advice on modification orders, employee licence to occupy and safeguarding issues in the education context.
I act in a range of Tribunal Claims with issues of unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, various discrimination, whistle blowing, TUPE and collective consultation rights. I also appear regularly in the Employment Tribunal and undertake my own advocacy.
I have significant experience running bespoke training sessions for employers and HR professionals on many different aspects of employment law. Courses can be tailored to your needs to include case studies, practical examples and open floor forums.
- Lower South East Regional Representative of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) co-ordinating the Solent Region Training Seminars for employment lawyers and professionals, sitting on a national management committee and establishing a now Kent Regional steering committee.
- Chair and founding member of the Solent Business Ball Committee. Events in July 2012 and 2013 attracted around 250 attendees. The Ball brings together the junior professional organisations in Accounting, Surveying and Law with the aim of creating lasting contacts across the professions in the Solent Region.
- Co-opt governor of a local sixth form college.
- Leading guidance on indirect discrimination claims
- Multiple choice recruitment test constituted disability discrimination
- Named and Shamed! National Minimum Wage breached and Consultation on National Living Wage
- The Queen’s Speech – Employment Focus (and a bit more)
- Voting over… so what does it mean for employment law in the next five years?
Di Lloyd, Principal, St Vincent College: Claire Merritt is St Vincent College’s point of contact at Paris Smith. She has provided us with excellent support with some significant staffing issues and has helped us to negotiate compromise agreements with some members of staff. She is always extremely helpful, giving initial advice over the phone and following up by email when appropriate.
Claire has also delivered training at the College to the whole team of managers which was very well received. College HR staff, senior managers and several governors have also attended training delivered by Claire at other venues in the region and the feedback has been very good, with those attending commenting on the relevance of the sessions to their roles at the College.
I have been working with Claire Merritt for around 18 months. I am extremely happy with Claire’s advice and response rates. She advises many other colleges and therefore provides advice that is tailored to our organisation’s specific needs and standards. I feel Claire sets an excellent standard for legal advice in the sector. Claire helps us navigate the minefield of employment law and we appreciate the service she provides
GORDON DODDS, DEPUTY PRINCIPAL, FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION, THE SIXTH FORM COLLEGE, FARNBOROUGH