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Selena Baker

Employment

Career Summary

Selena recently joined Greenaway Scott in January 2018. Selena qualified in 2010 and has extensive contentious and non-contentious experience working for private firms and in-house for an Insurance company. Selena works closely with retainer clients and has broad experience in drafting a wide range of bespoke contracts and agreements including, employee contract of employment, Director’s service agreement, non-executive director’s appointment letter, consultancy agreement and complex termination agreements.

Selena spends her time between the Greenaway Scott offices in Swansea and Cardiff. 

Experience:

  • Conducting internal and external training and giving presentations to small and large groups which include clients and other professionals.
  • Preparing articles and bulletins on complex legal issues for clients and other professionals
  • Advising a wide range of employer clients on a variety of non-contentious matters such as employment contracts and drafting/reviewing internal policies, disciplinary and grievance procedures, internal policy reviews and best HR practice generally
  • Advising a wide range of employer clients on a variety of internal complex matters such as termination of Directors, termination of an employee because of third party pressure, maternity and flexible working rights, TUPE matters and collective redundancies
  • Advising claimants in non-payment of bonus claims in the high Court and the enforceability of discretionary bonus clauses
  • Running a case load of between 30 – 35 employment tribunal cases defending claims for unfair/automatically unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, all forms of discrimination, whistle-blowing, equal pay, unlawful deduction of wages, maternity, paternity and flexible working issues, Working Time Regulations, and both individual and collective redundancy issues
  • Preparation for Tribunal claims including drafting Employment Tribunal, responses, statutory questionnaires, questionnaire responses, further and better particulars and responses, specific disclosure requests, various tribunal applications, witness statements, chronologies, lists of issues and authorities
  • Instructing Counsel to attend Hearings. Attending Hearings along with Counsel to support the clients
  • Drafting and analysing schedules of loss, providing detailed advice both written and orally to clients regarding settlement, mindful of both practical, commercial considerations and financial restraints. This also includes assessing loss of pension
  • Drafting, negotiating and finalising complex settlement agreements and COT3 agreements for senior members of staff including Directors
  • Undertaking detailed ‘prospects’ assessments and advising clients how to reduce any liability or risk to themselves
  • Advising clients in meetings and attending conference with clients and Counsel
  • Working to tight deadlines and in accordance with service standards

Specifically

  • Representing a claimant in a large race discrimination and unfair dismissal case against an NHS Trust
  • Representing a business where 12 claimants had issued claims against them
  • Representing a client where the full merits hearing was issued for a 28 days
  • Representing high net worth individuals in claims for unfair dismissal, whistle-blowing and sex discrimination against national and international organisations
  • Advising a number of different organisations including charities, other not for profit organisations, schools, colleges and SME’s
  • Advising on employee status and how to limit the potential risk and liability 
  • Advising client in respect of an EAT matter
  • Advising client in respect of breach of contract in the Civil Courts and recovery of monies owed