Clare has significant experience of corporate business, having worked both within a law practice and in-house in large organisations. She has a particularly strong interest in retail employment law.
Clare believes that, first and foremost, her clients must have pragmatic and commercial solutions to complex employment issues as well as being presented with clear options for action.
Clare’s expertise covers the entire range of employment law including:
- managing employment tribunal cases
- advocacy at all types of hearing
- discrimination, bullying & harassment
- TUPE transfer risk management
- dispute resolution: disciplinary, grievances and whistle-blowing
- redundancies and restructuring
- unfair dismissal and constructive dismissal
- maternity and family-friendly matters
- trades unions and industrial action
- training on all aspects of employment law
- employment contracts, including changes and termination
- employee relations management
- misuse of social media
Clare has first-hand knowledge of all aspects of employee relations and currently works part-time at a senior level in-house with GAME Retail Limited, the UK’s leading gaming retailer. In that role she has appeared for the company at employment tribunals and advised the board on employment strategy and risk management. This has included TUPE transfers during restructure and wide-scale changes to terms and conditions. As well as drafting employment contracts and policies, she also rolled out the company’s performance management.
Clare is also qualified in the NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety and can advise on all aspects of health and safety, including legal requirements for businesses as well as practical guidance on risk assessments, stress management and other aspects of safety in the workplace.
Clare worked for Comet Group Ltd before its closure where she played a pivotal role in managing the collective redundancy programme for 6,500 employees, including providing help to exiting staff to assist them in finding new work. Prior to this Clare was a part of BT’s in-house legal team, gaining significant experience in advocacy and managing the employment tribunal process, successfully defending all categories of claims and maximising cost avoidance. During her time at BT, Clare advised the company on proposed strike action, including drafting contingency plans and advising the business on ballot requirements.
Before her employment with BT, Clare worked for Kimbells Freeth solicitors in Milton Keynes, where she advised a wide range of clients in the hospitality and leisure, transport, logistics and charity sectors.
A ten year career in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry in sales, marketing and account management before Clare trained in law gave her a solid grounding in business which ensures that the advice she gives is always relevant and consistent with her clients’ commercial aims.
“Clare has worked with us on a number of legal matters that have been resolved to our complete satisfaction as a result of the sensible guidance provided and we look forward to working with Clare in the future on any issues that require legal advice.” Mark Wilson, Director, CW Plant Hire.
“…very effective, highly approachable and good-spirited… Clare’s work on my behalf was a good investment… clarifying what can be a complex, worrying arena for the non-specialist. I thoroughly recommend Clare Nicolaou and Novalex Solicitors.” Confidential Client, May 2015