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Sally Lomas Fletcher

Senior Associate Solicitor

I've been practising employment law since I qualified 20 years ago. My motivation is to help people and show them empathy and understanding when HR or employment issues arise.

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Get to know Sally

I've been practising employment law since 2002 having qualified at a local Newcastle firm, where I spent the first 20 years of my career, moving on to a larger regional firm in 2020 before joining Slater and Gordon in 2022.

Throughout my career, I've advised and represented a wide variety of claimant and respondent clients ranging from an NHS Trust, educational academies, large and SME companies, senior executives and a wide range of employees in different sectors and professions.

I've also drafted and advised upon contracts of employment, director's service agreements, secondment agreements, other atypical contracts and restrictive covenants, as well as advising on internal HR matters such as disciplinary and grievance proceedings and negotiated settlement packages for those leaving employment.

When matters cannot be settled amicably, I'm well versed in advising and representing clients in employment tribunal proceedings including claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination, TUPE, whistleblowing, flexible working and other "family friendly" rights.

I pride myself on explaining difficult legal concepts to clients in a friendly, easy to understand way, without using unfamiliar jargon.

Career highlights

One of the highlights of my career was acting for the Captain of ship in a claim against a large well known ferry operator. Not only did he receive substantial compensation for unfair dismissal but also an order for reinstatement. Orders for reinstatement are rarely awarded by employment tribunals. The respondent failed to comply with the order which led to additional compensation being awarded to my client.

Another highlight was representing a client in equal pay proceedings which resulted in appeals being brought in the Court of Appeal regarding whether staff employed at different hospitals could compare themselves to each other for the purposes of equal pay and whether historical compulsory competitive tendering was tainted by sex. Whilst the arguments were complex and the facts went back to the 1960's; this was a very interesting case and an enlightening experience to part of Court of Appeal proceedings.

The extra mile

I'm a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, Newcastle Law Society and the Newcastle Employment Tribunal Users Group.

I previously also volunteered at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Newcastle.

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