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Hayley Johnson Senior Associate, Employment

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Hayley is a Senior Associate in our employment team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Edinburgh.

Having qualified as a solicitor in 2008, she is an experienced employment lawyer who is committed to supporting and advising individuals who have been unfairly treated in the workplace.

She is a skilled litigator having appeared on behalf of clients in Employment Tribunals throughout Scotland, England and Wales.

She is regularly asked to speak at conferences on employment rights and discrimination, particularly on matters related to disability discrimination, sex discrimination and equal pay where she has developed substantial expertise.

She has been involved in a number of high profile cases and her previous clients include: Chief Executives, Company Directors, politicians and senior figures across the public sector.

Recent results include securing a sum equivalent to four times an employee’s salary after he was unfairly dismissed.

Her wide ranging employment law experience is complimented with political and policy advisory experience having advised the Labour Party in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum.

Her clients describe her as: knowledgeable, personable and always willing to go that extra mile to secure them the best possible outcome.


  • Unfair dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Breach of contract
  • Settlement agreements
  • Disability discrimination
  • Employment contracts
  • Maternity/pregnancy discrimination
  • Equal pay
  • Sex discrimination
  • Age discrimination
  • Race discrimination
  • Sexual orientation discrimination
  • Whistleblowing

Career History

  • Since 2018: Slater and Gordon Lawyers
  • 2015-2018: Thompsons Solicitors
  • 2013-2015: Policy Advisor (Scottish Labour Party)
  • 2008-2013: Brodies LLP
  • 2006-2008: Eversheds LLP


  • Studied at the College of Law, York. Distinction in LPC
  • Obtained a 1st Class Honours degree in Law from The University of Leicester.

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • Member of the Employment Law Group
  • Member of the Law Society of England and Wales

Recent Testimonials for Hayley Johnson

“I unfortunately went through a very bad experience with a previous employer. I was discriminated against in many ways, over worked, under paid and bullied…I contacted Slater and Gordon, and they put me through to Hayley Johnson, Hayley was amazing from the very first time we met, completely informative, and believe me she knows what she does. She took over my case, keeping me updated the whole way through, the support the information the help all given by Hayley was phenomenal. She dealt with my pre hearing amazingly, given she had a few days to prepare, and with Hayley’s help I managed to get a settlement and it was paid quickly.”

Mr A, Edinburgh

“Hayley (Johnson) is a remarkable professional and someone with a heart of gold. She was god-sent when I was going through the most difficult time of my time. I was so pleased to make the decision to switch to her. The minute she took on the case, I felt confident and comfortable to leave things with her which was a sharp contrast from the previous experience I had. She is professional as well as compassionate. She offers constructive and pragmatic advice. She explains legal matters in a clear and easy to understand way, so her clients can make an informed choice. I would not hesitate to recommend Hayley if anyone needs legal advice.”

Ms Z, London

“I cannot commend highly enough the sterling work carried out on my behalf by Hayley Johnson. I was wrongly advised by another solicitor whose services I employed on a potential constructive dismissal case and was on the verge of losing it until Hayley stepped in. The difference was remarkable. From day one she spent time going through every detail of my case and drew parallels from other similar type cases to get me grounded on her advice. She pursued relentlessly on my behalf and I've got to say that I just relaxed and left it in her hands, which was not the case prior to this. We finally got the settlement paid in full. If anyone is having difficulties with their employer from a potential constructive dismissal point of view can I strongly suggest employing the services of Hayley Johnson.”

Mr R, Glasgow

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