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About Eleanor

Eleanor is a Senior Associate in Winckworth Sherwood’s Employment team. She acts for a variety of clients across a range of business sectors including financial services and insurance.  Eleanor advises both employers and employees/directors, which gives her a balanced perspective and a broad understanding of employment issues, as well as a valuable insight when advising clients on strategy and tactics.

Eleanor regularly advises on high value, complex and sensitive departures of employees, directors and partners, and disputes regarding competition, protection of confidential information, breaches of contract and remuneration decisions.  She has a considerable amount of experience handling claims in the Employment Tribunal, often with multiple parties, numerous witnesses and involving allegations of discrimination and whistleblowing.

As well as contentious matters, Eleanor routinely provides ad hoc advice on employment issues, including contractual and policy documentation, redundancy/restructuring, grievance/disciplinary procedures and long term sickness absence.  She has extensive experience in advising on discrimination issues in the workplace.

Recent Experience

  • Acting for a senior employee in her equal pay case against a prestigious institution and achieving a timely resolution
  • Successfully defending (after a four week hearing) multiple, high profile claims of race discrimination involving a novel point of law concerning the issue of a ‘qualifications body’ under the Equality Act
  • Acting for a senior Board member of a luxury travel company in relation to allegations of breaches of director’s duties and successfully negotiating his exit
  • Representing a senior insurance executive in a dispute involving an unfair prejudice petition and claims of breach of contract, wrongful dismissal and unfair dismissal and successfully settling this high value matter at a mediation lasting two days

Professional Memberships

Employment Lawyers’ Association

 

Ellie Gilbert appears on Sky News to discuss employers’ right to ban headscarves in the workplace:

 

 

Career Experience

2011 to Present: Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood

2008 to 2011: Solicitor, Weightmans LLP

2006 to 2008: Trainee Solicitor, Weightmans LLP

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 22nd April 2020 | Registration & lunch: 12.30pm | Start: 1.00pm | Finish: 2.00pm

HR Hour: Employment law update

Our next HR Hour seminar will cover a range of developments that have recently occurred in employment law. Topics will include: A round-up of the important case law developments over the last 12 months. Forthcoming changes. There is no charge …

Winckworth Sherwood, Minerva House, 5 Montague Close. London SE1 9BB


Thursday 18th June 2020 | Registration & refreshments: 8.30am | Start: 8.30am | Finish: 9.30am

HR Hour: Discrimination essentials – focus on disability and mental health

In the first part of this key HR update session we will analyse significant developments in recent discrimination cases, including developments post-Brexit as UK law becomes de-linked from EU discrimination law. The second part of the session will focus specifically …

Winckworth Sherwood, Minerva House, 5 Montague Close. London SE1 9BB


Wednesday 16th September 2020 | Registration & refreshments: 8.30am | Start: 8.30am | Finish: 9.30am

HR Hour: Disciplinary procedures in detail

This employment seminar will provide an in depth review of best practice when it comes to disciplinary procedures. It will also include interactive case studies, to identify common pitfalls and strategies for optimal outcomes. There is no charge to attend …

Winckworth Sherwood, Minerva House, 5 Montague Close. London SE1 9BB