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Olivia Coles

Senior Associate

T: 01225 459 953 (DDI)
T: 01225 730 100

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Olivia is a Senior Associate in our Employment & HR team and has a wide range of experience across employment law matters. She joined Royds Withy King in September 2012, after qualifying at a leading firm in Exeter.

These were unchartered waters for us and Olivia did a great hand-holding exercise. She was always there when I needed instant advice and answers to questions.
Royds Withy King client

About Olivia

Described by The Legal 500 UK as “excellent“, Olivia regularly advises employers on complex HR issues. Some examples of Olivia’s recent work include:

  • assisting an employer in dismissing a long-standing employee for gross misconduct, managing the employee’s sickness absence throughout the disciplinary process
  • advising an employer on related grievance and disciplinary processes against a number of employees, involving potentially confidential whistleblowing disclosures
  • successfully defending a tribunal claim for constructive unfair dismissal and direct sex discrimination following a client’s rejection of a flexible working request from a male employee
  • successfully defending a tribunal claim for disability discrimination by a worker.

Olivia provides advice on a range of business immigration issues. She specialises in advising businesses on carrying out right to work checks, applying for a Skilled Worker sponsor licence under the points based system and complying with their sponsor duties. Olivia can also carry out immigration audits to check employers’ compliance with their sponsor duties.

Olivia works closely with our Corporate & Commercial team to provide TUPE advice on the sale or purchase of a business, including advice on the TUPE complexities of purchasing a business from administration.

Olivia also regularly negotiates exit packages for employees and directors and advises on settlement agreements.

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Employment law issues are always stressful, I aim to try and take away that stress by working closely with my clients to try and resolve the problem.

Olivia Coles

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