I studied Law at Aberdeen University, and completed my Diploma in Legal Practice in 2012. Throughout my studies, and also after leaving university, I worked for a number of oil and gas companies in Aberdeen, in varied legal roles. These roles included tendering work, contract negotiation, contract interpretation, application and compliance. I completed my traineeship in January 2016 having had a rather untraditional route than the norm. Initially, my role was extremely varied – focusing on employment law, commercial property, corporate and commercial work, private client, debt recovery and also company secretarial work. From mid-2015, my focus shifted focusing mostly on corporate and commercial law dealing with shareholder agreements, company mergers and acquisitions, joint venture agreements, share buybacks and drafting contracts for sale and services. I assisted with a large amount of company filings, including drafting of the relevant resolutions and company forms, as well as assisting and advising companies on requirements for incorporation. During the final months of my traineeship, I found myself dealing with an increase in employment work. This was in response to the market change in the oil and gas industry. I also assisted the debt recovery team in small claims, summary cause and ordinary cause actions – whether that was on behalf of a Company or individuals. I created an effective debt recovery crib sheet for staff to use as a point of reference in all types of actions.
I joined the Aberdeen team at Balfour+Manson in May 2016 specialising predominantly in employment law. Moving into client orientated is something I enjoy very much. I deal mostly with potential or actual claims employees have against their employer for discrimination or any kind of unfair treatment, and I strive to give professional, unbiased advice in relation to the realistic expectations of the client. My workload also extends to assisting employers tighten up their contracts and procedures, and also giving general contract support to employees and/or employers. Due to the continuing problems in Aberdeen within the oil and gas industry and the knock on effect that has had on other sectors, I am dealing day to day with employees who are being made redundant, assisting them in understanding and evaluating their options. Although my specialism is employment law, I am happy to discuss debt recovery, company formation or corporate and commercial matters with clients.
The Society of Advocates (Committee Member since September 2016)
Aberdeen Bar Association (Committee Member since June 2018)
Aberdeen Young Professionals
Assisting and working alongside Elevator Business Gateway, providing advice and support to clients
Aberdeen Business Network
Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce
BNI Platinum Aberdeen
Tutor at Robert Gordon University commencing February 2019 – Masters Course Health, Safety and Risk