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Paula Chan Principal Lawyer, Employment

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Paula is an employment lawyer at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.

She advises individuals on the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues and has particular expertise in workplace sex, maternity and disability discrimination.

Paula has successfully represented city bankers, solicitors, surveyors, board level executive directors, media professionals and healthcare professionals in central London and across the UK.

She has helped negotiate more favourable contractual terms and conditions, defend performance and misconduct allegations, prepare robust grievances and achieve reinstatement following dismissal for gross misconduct.

She also negotiates favourable exits on behalf of her clients without recourse to the courts while ensuring their reputation and career prospects are protected.

Paula has acted in many complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims and multi-million pound disputes at employment tribunal and before the High Court.

She always ensures her clients have a strategy for achieving their objectives from the outset, whether that involves resolving internal disputes through a grievance, negotiating and securing favourable settlements, or litigating a claim before a tribunal or court.

As well as extensive City experience from her many years practising in London, Paula has extensive experience of Scottish Employment Tribunal matters. Paula is therefore well placed to advise on employment matters, such as exits and Settlement Agreements, across the whole of the UK, including Scotland. For more information, please visit our Edinburgh Employment Law Service page.

Paula is also a regular media commentator on employment law matters having appeared on ITV News and BBC Radio as well as publishing articles for various publications across the UK, including The Times and the Evening Standard.  


Career history

  • Since 2012 Slater and Gordon 
  • University of Strathclyde

Professional memberships

  • External examiner for the Diploma in Legal Practice for the University of Strathclyde
  • Member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • Management committee member of the Scottish Discrimination Law Association, and the Society of Scottish Lawyers in London
  • Member of the Employment Lawyers' Group in Scotland

Recent Testimonials for Paula Chan

“It has been a pleasure working with you. I am pleased with the result, given the starting point, and thank you for your help in getting me there. I would certainly use Slater and Gordon again and would be happy to recommend to others.”

Financial Services Professional

“I remain pleased with the outcome and very appreciative of your advice and support along the way. If a potential client ever wants to take up a reference I will be happy to oblige. In the nicest possible way, hope I don't see you in court!”

Senior Director of a Global Management Firm

“Paula provided reassuring expert advice and context throughout the process, which was greatly appreciated at such an uncertain time, and enabled me to make the best decisions about what was important for me. Her efficiency and negotiating skills ensured that I achieved an excellent outcome quickly.”

Lawyer, London

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