Carla is a senior associate in the charity and social business team. She assists charities, social businesses and other third sector organisations with all aspects of employment law, HR matters including:

  • recruitment, employee status, self-employment and IR35
  • drafting and reviewing staff handbooks, policies and procedures
  • employment contracts, consultancy agreements, restrictive covenants and volunteer agreements
  • flexible working and family rights including maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave
  • performance and absence management
  • gender pay reporting, workplace monitoring and health and safety
  • staff disputes, disciplinary and grievance processes
  • complaints of discrimination, victimisation, harassment, bullying and whistleblowing
  • organisational change, restructures, mergers, redundancies, and the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations (TUPE)
  • termination including unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, breach of contract and settlement agreements
  • defending employment tribunal claims, ACAS (COT3) settlement and mediation

Carla also advises charities on data protection matters including:

  • lawful collection and processing of data
  • data protection aspects of contracts with third-party suppliers and data sharing agreements
  • drafting and reviewing privacy notices, data protection policies and records of data processing activities
  • data protection impact assessments
  • data breaches and making reports to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
  • subject access requests, requests for erasure and other individual requests

Carla is Scots law qualified and trained at a leading Scottish firm. She qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and joined Russell-Cooke in 2017 becoming a senior associate in 2019.

  • Guiding a prominent membership organisation through a restructure and redundancy process
  • Strategic advice to a mid-sized charity following allegations of misconduct against a senior member of staff
  • Supporting a large UK employer with an intra-group business reorganisation and TUPE transfer of employees
  • Successfully defending employment tribunal claims of whistleblowing detriment, automatic unfair dismissal, and race discrimination
  • Securing commercial settlement of a disability discrimination claim via judicial mediation
  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate studies in music and English literature at the University of Glasgow
  • Accelerated Scots law degree at the University of Glasgow and Diploma in Legal Practice at Glasgow Graduate School of Law
  • Before embarking on her legal studies, Carla worked for the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland