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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.
'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.
“Everyone should have the right to blow the whistle, safe in the knowledge that they will be protected from harm for doing so. The background of this legal protection comes from a long line of high profile disasters which caused avoidable, horrific deaths for many innocent people. Anything that stands in the way of an individual expressing concerns about health and safety and breaches of the law can’t be in the public interest or benefit wider society.
“The EU Commission has published a proposal for a Directive on giving whistleblowing protection to workers. When this law is enacted, the meaning of ‘Worker’, will need to be extended to the EU compliant definition of ‘Worker’, which as confirmed in the case of Ministry of Justice v O’Brien, included part time Recorders (Judges). For these reasons, the domestic legislation should be interpreted in a way which furthers, rather than limits protection for whistleblowers.”
“Judges must have the right to speak out and blow the whistle, safe in the knowledge that they will be protected for doing so. As the gatekeepers of our justice system, their basic human right to speak out about breaches of the law goes hand in hand with their judicial duty and responsibility.”
"After recent whistleblowing scandals in the City, we hope that the new public register will help increase accountability and the rule of law amongst regulated professionals working in Financial sector."
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