Emilie Cole is a Partner in our Employment team, based in London. She has considerable experience in all aspects of employment law and professional discipline, with a particular focus representing professionals in high value and complex whistleblowing actions.
A shrewd tactician and mediator, Emilie has a reputation for negotiating large severance packages on behalf of senior level employees, and is frequently instructed by solicitors and legal professionals. She is regularly instructed in claims with an international element, and is experienced in navigating the complex jurisdictional issues.
Emilie is committed to securing justice for victims of discrimination in the workplace, including harassment and victimisation. She has taken employment disputes all the way from initial grievance stage to the Supreme Court in order to secure the best result for her clients. She regularly acts for members of regulated professional bodies, and is an expert in supporting employees during internal disciplinary proceedings and representing clients before their professional and disciplinary bodies and Tribunals.
She also advises businesses on the effective use of grievance, disciplinary and redundancy procedures, thereby avoiding exposure to expensive tribunal claims. She has extensive experience in negotiating settlement agreements, contracts and terms of secondment.
In January 2020, Emilie was listed in The Lawyer's Hot 100, a list of the UK's "most daring, innovative and creative lawyers."
- Granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court for District Judge Gilham in her landmark challenge against the Ministry of Justice to recognise that Judges should be legally protected against suffering detrimental treatment after blowing the whistle. Gilham v Ministry of Justice  EWCA Civ 2220 (21 December 2017). Emilie has acted for Judge Gilham throughout her case from the initial grievance stage.
- Negotiated a settlement of over a million pounds during a multiple day mediation for a female Director of a multinational bank who suffered serious sex and disability discrimination.
- Represented a senior gas sector executive following his unfair and discriminatory dismissal on the grounds of his age, negotiating a severance package worth in excess of £1M.
- Succeeded in the Employment Tribunal with a finding of Disability Discrimination for Mrs Walsh, an NHS IT professional in Walsh v Central and North West London NHS Mental Health Trust.
- Obtained a Tribunal finding of unfair dismissal for a Senior IT Executive in Oakley v Raytheon Systems Ltd
- Represented Ms Little in her indirect sex discrimination case in the EAT against Richmond Pharmacology Limited  All ER (D) 204 (Sep), providing a new authority on proving ‘individual disadvantage’ in indirect sex discrimination claims.
- Negotiated a six figure sum for two co-claimants who had been unfairly dismissed and subjected to sexual orientation harassment and discrimination by their new manager.
- Over £150k for a sexual harassment claim against a senior manager by a female risk analyst posted in Germany.
- Over £250k for a senior director based in the Hong Kong as a result of attempts to fundamentally vary her terms and conditions of employment.
- Negotiated a settlement of £200k for a secretary who had been sexually harassed by her manager, a senior partner at a well-known City law firm, to include her legal fees.
"…increasingly recognized for her whistle-blowing work, and is notable for her representation of employees from a range of professional services firms." Market sources describe her as "an outstanding employment practitioner with high analytical skill and excellent client-handling abilities." – Chambers & Partners, 2020
"Exceptional experience of claimant work and high-quality judgement." – Legal 500, 2020
"Emilie Cole, Shah Qureshi and Shazia Khan stand out for their exceptional client care and judgement." – Legal 500, 2020
"Emilie Cole is excellent - always calm, well prepared and strategic." – Legal 500, 2020
'Emilie Cole is "an excellent pair of hands on lengthy discrimination claims" and "never loses focus." – Legal 500, 2017
Emilie qualified as a solicitor in 2006.