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Liesel Whitfield



Liesel’s client base is wide-ranging and covers both individuals and businesses. She advises on all areas of day-to-day employment advice, and has also given advice and representation in relation to senior internal disciplinary proceedings in various public bodies.

Her particular area of interest and specialism is trade union and collective labour law, including collective consultation processes.

Liesel has significant employment litigation experience, ranging from the Employment Tribunal to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.

Recent highlights:

  • Acted on behalf of a member in a claim against his local authority, who had unlawfully induced him to waive his collective bargaining rights.
  • Instructed by Age UK to intervene before the Supreme Court in the case of Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes.

Market view:

"She provides highly sensible commercial advice, promptly and thoroughly." – Chambers & Partners, 2015

"Knows her stuff, understands the organisation and gives pragmatic advice." – Chambers & Partners, 2013

"Instils confidence." – Legal 500, 2013

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 23/05/2017
    Tribunal To Determine Status Of Deliveroo Riders

    “If the IWGB is successful in persuading a tribunal that its riders are workers and not self-employed, the Central Arbitration Committee will then be able to consider its application for trade union recognition. This is a significant development in the gig economy as, if the application for recognition is successful, Deliveroo will have to sit across the table from the union and negotiate the terms and conditions of its workforce. “This case is also seen as opening up a new opportunity for the unions to boost their membership, and could rejuvenate their influence at a key point in our political and economic climate. Deliveroo has thousands of UK riders and even with the new industrial action requirements, a strike of their workers could seriously impact the London economy.”

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