I assist clients with HR matters including:

  • employment status and IR35
  • staff handbooks, policies and procedures
  • employment contracts, consultancy agreements and volunteer agreements
  • flexible working and family rights including maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave
  • performance at work and absence management
  • staff disputes, disciplinary and grievance processes
  • safeguarding reports and investigations
  • discrimination, victimisation, harassment, bullying and whistleblowing issues
  • organisational change, restructures, mergers, redundancies and TUPE (the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations)
  • termination, unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, breach of contract and settlement agreements

I help employers to defend claims in the Employment Tribunal, negotiate with ACAS to secure (COT3) settlement. I have defended employers in employment tribunals across the country and have achieved success in judicial mediation.

I also provide advice on data protection matters including:

  • lawful collection and use of personal data
  • processing sensitive special category data and criminal offence data
  • marketing rules and PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations)
  • contracts with third-party data processers and data sharing agreements
  • international transfers of personal data
  • privacy notices, data protection policies and records of data processing activities
  • data protection impact assessments and legitimate interests assessments
  • data breaches and reporting to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
  • subject access requests, requests for erasure and other individual requests

I am dual qualified in England and Scotland. I qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and joined Russell-Cooke in 2017, becoming a senior associate in 2019.

  • Supporting a UK-wide charity with a merger and TUPE transfer of employees
  • Successfully defending employment tribunal claims of whistleblowing detriment, unfair dismissal and discrimination
  • Advising a mid-sized charity following allegations of misconduct against a senior member of staff
  • Undertaking a case review of a safeguarding investigation for an international charity
  • Guiding a prominent membership organisation through a restructure and redundancy process
  • Working in partnership with a consultant company to carry out a data protection audit for a religious organisation
  • Assisting a professional accreditation body to respond to a subject access request made in connection with a disciplinary investigation
  • Preparing a data protection impact assessment for a homelessness charity
  • Drafting bespoke international data transfer agreements for a London university
  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • SRA Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test
  • Accelerated Scots law degree at the University of Glasgow and Diploma in Legal Practice at Glasgow Graduate School of Law
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate studies in music and English literature at the University of Glasgow
  • Before embarking on her legal studies, Carla worked for the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland