I studied Law at Aberdeen University, and completed my Diploma in Legal Practice in 2012. Throughout my studies, and also after leaving university, I worked for a number of oil and gas companies in Aberdeen, in varied legal roles. These roles included tendering work, contract negotiation, contract interpretation, application and compliance. I secured a training contract in January 2014 with a small firm in Aberdeen, but assigned to a larger company in May 2015.
During the initial stages of my traineeship, I had a very varied role. My work included employment law, commercial property, corporate and commercial work, private client, debt recovery and also company secretarial work. When I moved firms in 2015, I focused mostly on corporate and commercial law dealing with shareholder agreements, company mergers and acquisitions, joint venture agreements, share buybacks and drafting contracts for sale and services. I assisted with a large amount of company filings, including drafting of the relevant resolutions and company forms, as well as assisting and advising companies on requirements for incorporation. During the final months of my traineeship, I found myself dealing with an increase in employment work. This was in response to the market change in the oil and gas industry. I also assisted the debt recovery team in small claims, summary cause and ordinary cause actions – whether that was on behalf of a Company or individuals. I created an effective debt recovery crib sheet for staff to use as a point of reference in all types of actions.
I joined the Aberdeen team at Balfour+Manson in May 2016 specialising in employment law. My focus has shifted to client orientated work which I enjoy very much. I deal mostly with potential or actual claims employees have against their employer for discrimination or any kind of unfair treatment, and I strive to give professional, unbiased advice in relation to the realistic expectations of the client. My workload also extends to assisting employers tighten up their contracts and procedures, and also giving general contract support to employees and/or employers. Due to the ongoing problems in Aberdeen within the oil and gas industry, I am dealing day to day with employees who are being made redundant, assisting them in understanding and evaluating their options. Although my specialism is employment law, I am happy to discuss debt recovery, company formation or corporate and commercial matters with clients.
Scottish Young Lawyers Association
The Society of Advocates
Aberdeen Bar Association
Aberdeen Young Professionals
Mentor for ProjectSearch ‘Interns into employment’ – most recent group graduated in June 2016
Assisting and working alongside Elevator Business Gateway, providing advice and support to clients
Aberdeen Online Business Community