Lydia undertakes work in all areas of employment law and is instructed by both Claimants and Respondents at all stages of proceedings.
Lydia is regularly instructed in complex multi-party and multi-day disputes which involve considerable case management over an extended period of time. She is accustomed to supporting clients through the added challenges which such litigation involves.
Lydia has a particular interest in disability discrimination and has experience of supporting clients and witnesses with disabilities through adjustments to the tribunal process including by way of example witness statements in braille, lip speakers and adjustments to the timings of hearings to accommodate rest periods. Lydia is the co-author of a book on disability discrimination published through the Law Society.
Lydia is also available to provide representation in mediations and internal disciplinary proceedings.
Lydia appears regularly in Tribunals around the country and in the EAT.
Recent cases include:
- An appeal in relation to the correct application of Polkey in the context of a career loss compensatory award;
- An appeal in relation to the correct approach to assessing pension compensation;
- Advice in relation to the TUPE implications of a merger;
- A claim against a finance house in relation to the employment status of junior limited liability partners, allegations of whistleblowing and issues regarding without prejudice documentation;
- Defending a claim including multiple allegations of race discrimination and constructive unfair dismissal;
- Advising employee representatives in relation to collective redundancy consultation;
- A ten-day hearing for a client with hearing and sight impairments using tribunal lip speakers. The claim concerned allegations of race and disability discrimination.