Francesca Lilley (She/Her)

Employment Associate

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Francesca is an associate in the employment team and joined Square One Law in September 2019. Francesca has worked on an array of Employment Tribunal claims including unfair dismissal, discrimination on the grounds of trade union activity, race, sexual orientation and whistleblowing.

Client care is key, and Francesca takes clients through the process with care and attention.

In addition to the contentious work, Francesca also advises clients in relation to capability and disciplinary queries, grievances, investigations and appeals. Assisting employers navigate changes in legislation and case law is all part of the holistic approach provided by Square One Law.

Francesca routinely reviews employer policies and contracts of employment advising on employment status and IR35 to bespoke remote working provisions, which have recently become increasingly prevalent. Post termination restrictions, breach of contract and changes to terms and conditions are all areas Francesca advises upon in a reassuring and pragmatic fashion. Francesca’s experience of employee severance includes the preparation and negotiation of settlement agreements for senior executives, taking each situation and finding the right solution. She has also provided advice on more strategic projects in relation to the recent Furlough Scheme, Redundancy, National Minimum Wage and Output work, Gender Pay Gap Reporting and TUPE. Francesca works closely with clients advising on proposed changes and the associated risks involved.

Law is Francesca’s second career and she previously owned two restaurant chains in the North West and Midlands so understands the challenges of running businesses and importance of customer service.


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