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About Aida

Aida is a Senior Associate in the Education Team specialising in employment law in the education sector. She advises clients on the full spectrum of employment law issues from recruitment and general HR support through to claims in the employment tribunal, employment appeal tribunal and the courts. Aida advises on a range of HR and employment law issues including: pay disputes, grievances, disciplinary, performance management, sickness absence management, TUPE, whistleblowing, discrimination, data protection issues, dismissals, contracts, policies and procedures, and national and collective agreements. Aida strives to provide clients with practical and robust advice at all times. Her clients include maintained schools and academy trust companies, as well as dioceses and independent schools.

Recent Experiences:

  • Drafting and reviewing staff policies, procedures and contracts of employment for a range of employees from support staff to senior employees and CEOs
  • Advising a number of schools and multi academy companies on internal HR processes including disciplinary, grievance and absence management
  • Advising on the implications of TUPE on academy conversion and harmonising terms and conditions of employment post TUPE transfer
  • Advising and defending a complex group employment tribunal claim relating to holiday pay for term time only staff
  • Advising schools and academy trust companies on HR issues during COVID19 including issues related to health and safety, union disputes, holiday pay and re-opening of schools
  • Drafting and negotiating settlement agreements for a variety of schools and multi academy companies
  • Advising on the implications of national agreements (Green Book and Burgundy Book)
  • Extensive experience in defending Employment Tribunal proceedings including in respect of claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing, unlawful deductions from wages, holiday pay, breach of contract and group claims.

Professional memberships:

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • Education Lawyers Association (ELAS)

Career Experience

May 2020 to present: Senior Associate, Winckworth Sherwood LLP

April 2018 to April 2020: Associate, Slater and Gordon

March 2016 to March 2018: Solicitor, Gelbergs LLP

July 2014 to December 2016: Solicitor, Nucleus Legal Advice Centre

January 2013 to July 2014: Trainee Solicitor, ELS Solicitors