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Tom Parkes
Partner – Solicitor Employment

Experience

Tom joined Keelys as a trainee solicitor in 2005 and joined the Employment Team soon after qualification in 2007.  He was promoted to Associate Partner in 2012 and in 2016, promoted to Partner.

Practice Area

Tom specialises in all aspects of employment law, acting for both employers and employees. For employers, he advises on a full range of employment issues, including disciplinary action, grievances, TUPE, performance issues, sickness absence, redundancies and employment tribunal claims. He acts for a range of clients, from small owner managed businesses to plcs. For employees, Tom advises on unfair dismissal and discrimination, settlement agreements and TUPE claims.

Highlights

  • Achieved a substantial settlement for an individual in a claim against a Premier League Football Club
  • Advised a Claimant in a complex whistleblowing claim against an international restaurant chain, securing a settlement in excess of a year’s remuneration.
  • Advised on a large scale collective redundancy consultation following the closure of high profile employer

Interests

Father to two daughters, lifelong Evertonian, keen follower of the England cricket team, occasional runner and avid collector of vinyl.

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Paul Roberts
Partner – Solicitor – Head of Employment Department Employment

Experience 

Paul joined the firm in 2006 as Head of the Employment department. He has over 20 years’ experience of employment law, originally at city law firms. 

Practice Area

Paul specialises in all aspects of employment law, acting for both employers and employees. For employers, he advises on a full range of employment issues, including disciplinary action, grievances, TUPE, performance issues, sickness absence, redundancies and employment tribunal claims. He acts for a range of clients, including businesses, churches and charities.  For employees, Paul advises on unfair dismissal and discrimination, settlement agreements and TUPE claims.

Highlights

  • Successfully defending claims from four employees following a TUPE transfer, including success at the Employment Appeal Tribunal
  • Recovering the maximum compensatory award following the unfair dismissal of a Managing Director
  • Successfully defending a claim for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination against a local school

Interests

Paul enjoys cycling, drumming and snowboarding, though not at the same time.

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Ravinder Sandhu
Partner – Solicitor Employment

Experience 

Ravinder joined Keelys as a trainee solicitor in 2001 and qualified into the Employment Team in 2003. She was promoted to Associate Partner in 2008 and in 2011, promoted to Partner.

Practice Area

Ravinder specialises in all aspects of employment law, acting for both employers and employees all over the UK. For employers, she advises on a full range of employment issues, including disciplinary action, grievances, TUPE, performance issues, sickness absence, redundancies, restructuring, employment tribunal claims and drafting of employment documentation including contracts of employment and policies and procedures. She acts for a range of employer clients, of all sizes, on a retainer basis across the UK and offers employment law training. For employees, Ravinder advises on all employment claims including unfair dismissal, discrimination, settlement agreements and Tribunal claims.

Highlights

  • Successfully advised a Claimant in a claim for unfair dismissal and its appeal in the Court of Appeal.
  • Achieved a substantial settlement in excess of a year’s remuneration for a Claimant involving a large and well recognised employer.
  • Advising a number of employers with an international presence.

Interests

Mother of one daughter, spending time with family and friends, travelling and exploring the world near and far, shopping and photography.

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Emma Spandrzyk
Solicitor Employment

Experience

Emma qualified as a Solicitor in 2009. She has specialised in employment law throughout her career having gained experience in both the private sector and in-house within the public sector.

Practice Area

Emma specialises in all aspects of employment law, acting for both employers and employees. For employers, she advises on a full range of employment issues, including disciplinary action, grievances, TUPE, performance issues, sickness absence, redundancies and employment tribunal claims. For employees, Emma advises on all aspects of employment issues including unfair dismissal and discrimination, settlement agreements and TUPE claims.

Highlights

  • Successfully defending a number of discrimination claims issued against 5 Regional Police Forces.
  • Achieving a substantial settlement for a Claimant in relation to a disability discrimination claim issued against a large and well recognised high street retailer.
  • Coordinating the regional defence of an age discrimination claim pursued nationally by 13,500 Police Officers arising from a change to their pension schemes.

Interests

Mother of two sons, spending time with family and friends, travelling, skiing and when the children allow, running, going to the gym and reading.