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Kirsty Lewis

Position: Partner
Offices: London City - Liverpool Street, Basingstoke, Andover, Southampton, London - Tokenhouse Yard, Canary Wharf, Camden
Email: kirsty.lewis@thomasmansfield.com
telephone: 020 8681 8140
mobile: 07765 237579

Kirsty Lewis

Background

Kirsty graduated from the University of Manchester in 1994 with a BA (Hons) in Russian and Soviet Studies. After graduating, she worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Moscow until 1997 before joining the City firm Lovells as a paralegal working in both London and Moscow until 2001. She then studied law and qualified as a solicitor in March 2004. In early 2006 she moved to Lyons Davidson where she gained extensive experience in Employment Tribunal work before joining Thomas Mansfield Solicitors in September 2006.

Kirsty is proficient in a number of languages including Russian and French.

Experience

Kirsty carries out a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment work for both employer and employee clients.

Kirsty understands that when employers are making decisions, employment law is not their only consideration and she advises her employer clients in a way which suits their business including redundancies; disciplinary and grievance procedures. She takes a proactive approach to advising her employer clients and regularly works with them to identify training needs and update their employment documentation (contracts, policies and procedure). She works with her employer clients to resolve disputes in a way which suits the needs of the business and this includes: mediation; compromise agreements; and employment tribunal representation.

She also acts for employees in relation to all types of dispute including: unfair dismissal, constructive unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination claims. She works with clients to establish their priorities and help them identify the best way forward. This may involve bringing a grievance, going to an employment tribunal or negotiating with the employer to settle the matter outside of court.

Kirsty has a particular interest in training and carries out seminars and workshops for HR professionals on a regular basis.

Areas of expertise include:

Employers

  • Drafting and advising on the application of dismissal, disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Advising on the legal aspects of conduct and performance dismissals
  • Advising on best practice to avoid employment tribunal claims
  • Collective consultation and redundancy
  • Advising on all aspects of discrimination law
  • Disputes concerning worker and employment status 
  • Variation of contract

Employees

  • Advising on unfair dismissal claims
  • Whistleblowing
  • Pay and bonus disputes
  • Discrimination claims
  • Contractual disputes
  • Executive and director level terminations and negotiations
  • Settlement agreements
  • Advising on contracts and restrictive covenants

Notable transactions

  • Kirsty has recently acted for a senior executive in a high-profile whistleblowing case against a local authority. 

Client Testimonials

"Kirsty was very helpful and couldn't have done a better job."

"Kirsty was excellent and always contacted me promptly and dealt with my queries efficiently."

Memberships

  • The Law Society
  • The Employment Lawyers Association