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Ceri Hughes Partner T:01244 896609 M:07881 105853

An employment lawyer with over 15 years of experience advising on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Ceri provides advice and support on a range of employment situations, including in relation to business reorganisations, restructuring and redundancies (individual and collective), disciplinary matters, hiring and contracts, dismissals, complex grievances and employment disputes, absence management, family friendly rights, discrimination, and tribunal proceedings. She also advises on the employment and HR impact of corporate transactions and outsourcing, helping clients to achieve their business objectives within an acceptable level of risk.  Ceri delivers training, seminars and workshops.

Ceri acts mainly for employers but also for senior employees; developing trusted advisor working relationships with key contacts.

She also provides General Counsel support to clients on a secondment basis; providing integral management and support on complex projects and related matters, working collaboratively with client stakeholders and employees, colleagues in other teams, external law firms and specialist advisors.

Examples of how Ceri has assisted her clients include:

  • Strategic advice and guidance to a manufacturing client on a sensitive disciplinary matter involving a long serving, senior level employee for potential gross misconduct offences relating to inappropriate use of the company’s IT systems, with the risk of potential wider business disruption, liability and reputational implications.
  • Advising a client on the successful negotiation of contractual provisions and indemnities to address the practical and financial implications arising from various service provider changes, TUPE transfers and relocation situations necessitated by business requirements and expansion plans.
  • Successful completion of various milestone tasks during the course of project management secondments - enabling the clients to successfully achieve objectives, comply with obligations, and complete specific projects - with minimal impact on the day to day business operations, management and employees. 
  • Advising and supporting a leisure and hospitality sector client on a complex employee dispute, involving grievances, disciplinary procedures and absence management -achieving a negotiated exit on commercial terms favourable to our client.