Olivia Baxendale, Senior Associate, Employment and Pensions

Olivia Baxendale, Senior Associate, Employment and Pensions, Fieldfisher

I am a senior associate in the employment and pensions group.  I have broad experience of contentious and non-contentious employment work.  My contentious caseload includes defending Employment Tribunal claims of unfair and constructive dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination and victimisation. I have also assisted with the preparation of an employer's defence to a high profile employment tribunal claim, involving over 20 allegations of race/religious discrimination and victimisation, going back 10 years. I have also advised clients on the prospects and settlement of employment claims. 

I also advise clients on a range of non-contentious issues including redundancy, TUPE, reasonable adjustments, managing employees on sickness absence, family friendly rights, confidentiality and post termination restrictions.

I advise clients across a range of sectors including retail, hotels, technology, transport, finance, education and the public sector. 

I regularly write legal updates for clients and articles for our 'Employment Law' blog.  I have also written on a range of employment law issues for People Management and Company Secretary's Review.

I often present at client seminars and workshops on a variety of issues as part of the employment and pensions annual training programme.  I recently presented on the Coalition's changes to employment law and have taken part in a mock Employment Tribunal to provide clients with a taste of what to expect at an Employment Tribunal hearing.  I often provide training to clients on topics including redundancy and equality and diversity.  I have also presented at an external seminar on managing sickness absence. 

In addition to English, I studied French and Spanish at university before turning to law and speak both languages.

In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, watching films, swimming and pilates.