Stephanie Merritt Senior Associate T:01865 811236 M:07436 161861

An employment lawyer with a focus on the education sector.

Stephanie advises HR professionals and senior executives in a range businesses and educational establishments, including independent schools, academies and colleges. Stephanie also delivers training to the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association.

Stephanie deals with contentious employment matters that might end up before the Employment Tribunal; however, she also advises on non-contentious issues, such as the employment aspects of company restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing arrangements and TUPE transfers.

Stephanie also provides strategic guidance and advice on restrictive covenants and breach of confidentiality actions, director and senior employee exits, complex and high value settlement agreements, managing underperforming staff or staff with capability issues, changing terms and conditions, disability discrimination and ill-health.

Examples of how Stephanie’s advice has benefited clients include:

  • successfully defending an employer against a claim of £500,000 and allegations of unfair dismissal, victimisation, race discrimination and disability discrimination;  
  • advising an owner-manager on their options for exiting a business and securing a significantly more valuable settlement package than originally proposed; and
  • ensuring no claims from employees affected by a business restructure which necessitated the renegotiation of employees’ terms and conditions.