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Abigail Brightwell

Associate

Abigail provides HR and employment law advice for a wide variety of clients, ranging from NHS Trusts and large companies to individual employees.

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  • The Law Society
  • The Law Society Junior Lawyers Division
  • Kent Law Society.

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Abigail joined Brachers as a trainee in 2009 and qualified into the Employment team in September 2011. Abigail provides HR and employment law advice for a wide variety of clients, ranging from NHS Trusts and large companies to individual employees.

Abigail advises on a broad range of day-to-day workplace issues, both contentious and non-contentious, and is regularly called upon to give advice on settlement agreements. Abigail also deals with Employment Tribunal litigation claims including those for unfair dismissal and unlawful deductions from wages. She also provides training for employers, focussing on providing practical guidance for businesses.

Abigail graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in history and, after working for the Court Service, went on to study the Graduate Diploma in Law at Kingston University. She completed her Legal Practice Course with distinction at the College of Law, Guildford in 2008.

Recent cases

  • Advising on long-term sickness absence dismissal for global technology company.
  • Assisting with reaching successful outcome in complex unlawful deductions claim for an NHS Trust worth £70,000.
Articles
27/10/15

Top tips for using social media in the workplace

Social media is a great tool for growing your business’ profile and raising awareness. Here are our top tips to consider from an employment perspective. Read more

26/08/15

False-employment in the construction industry

Being self-employed can have many positives, and brings with it flexibility, freedom and the chance for an individual to be their own boss. On the other hand, being self-employed means no access to an employer pension scheme or other benefits, no right to receive holiday pay or sick pay, and no entitlement to other statutory employment rights. Read more

27/07/15

How healthy is your workforce?

The life sciences industry is no stranger to promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, with businesses in the sector advancing innovative solutions through research and development. But what about the health of those working within the industry? Read more

12/05/15

Recouping the cost of training

It is often cited that as an employer, your most important asset is your employees, and businesses invest a lot of money in training and developing their workforces to make sure that their employees are up to date and capable of carrying out their duties efficiently. There is no automatic right for employers to recoup these costs. Read more

28/03/14

Discrimination at work during pregnancy for police officer

In a recent decision, the EAT has held that a female police dog handler, who was no longer operational because of her pregnancy, was discriminated against when her search dog was removed from her. Read more

11/03/14

New compensation limits announced

New compensation limits have been published by the government, which will come into effect from 6 April 2014. Read more

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Blogs
11/03/16

Discontinuing childcare vouchers during maternity leave was not discriminatory

Discontinuing childcare vouchers during maternity leave was not discriminatory Read more

10/11/15

Government responds to consultations on exit payments and picketing

The Government has confirmed it will cap public sector exit payments and introduce a new offence of intimidation on the picket. Read more

09/07/15

Sickness and Holiday Leave carry forward

In Plumb v Duncan Print Group Ltd, the EAT has looked at two issues relating the much vexed issue of sickness absence and holiday leave. Read more

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