Carla is an associate solicitor in the charity and social business team. She assists charities, social businesses and other third sector organisations with all aspects of employment law, HR and data protection 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
  • gender pay reporting, data protection, workplace monitoring and health and safety
  • lawful collection and processing of data under the Data Protection Act and preparations for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • performance and absence management
  • 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 business immigration matters including:

  • licencing as a Tier 2 and 5 sponsor
  • ongoing compliance with UK immigration law and sponsor duties
  • Tier 2 skilled worker visas (general and intra-company transfer categories) including conducting a Resident Labour Market Test
  • Tier 5 visas (including voluntary workers, religious workers and youth mobility visas)
  • training for charities on compliance procedures including record keeping and employee monitoring processes
  • immigration aspects of charity mergers and acquisitions

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.

  • 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
  • Carla is a trustee of a Scottish music charity