Laura McHugh

Partner, Employment & HR

Laura McHugh

My awards and achievements

Laura is a Partner with over fifteen years of experience in employment law. Having acted almost exclusively for clients in the Education sector for a number of those years, Laura is a trusted advisor to many Schools, Academy Trusts and Colleges (both FE and Sixth-Form). Laura also regularly acts for Local Authorities and Housing Associations, providing pragmatic and proactive advice together with a clear commercial strategy to clients with regards to all aspects of employment law.

Laura deals with both contentious and non-contentious matters and has particular expertise in handling complex discrimination and whistle-blowing employment tribunal claims. Laura is highly experienced in advising clients on multifaceted disciplinary and grievance issues, particularly those which involve safeguarding concerns. As well as having experience of the full spectrum of employment law issues, including restructures and re-organisations, TUPE and industrial relations, Laura also regularly advises clients on student matters in addition to governance and public sector specific issues. Laura also has experience in undertaking complex and sensitive workplace investigations, having been appointed by education providers as an Independent Investigator.

Laura prides herself on forming excellent relationships with her clients, providing straightforward and pragmatic advice. Laura is known for her sector knowledge and Laura regularly speaks at events as well as delivering bespoke training sessions to clients.

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