Elizabeth Hodgetts Employment

Call: 1998

Introduction

Consistently ranked as a Leading Junior in Chambers and Partners UK Legal Directory since 2008, Elizabeth practices exclusively in Employment Law. She is described as follows: 

“Her client care skills are second to none” – Chambers & Partners 2020

“She has extremely good advocacy skills and a good level of expertise in public sector work, and is able to build a strong rapport with all of our clients.” “She is technically fantastic.” – Chambers & Partners 2015

‘continues to impress with her savvy and strategic cross-examination style. Highly regarded by lay and professional clients, she is tough and always ready to do the nitty-gritty work‘ – Chambers and Partners, 2013 

‘a ferocious litigator with many a fan amongst instructing solicitors due to her no-nonsense approach and extensive knowledge of respondent employment law litigation’ – Chambers and Partners, 2012

‘highly rated with a large amount of public sector respondent work’ – Chambers and Partners, 2011

‘forthright, meticulous and attentive, she is well known for getting the job done’ – Chambers and Partners, 2009 

Qualifications and Appointments:

  • University of Oxford (Mansfield College) : BA Hons, Exhibitioner, MA
  • Harmsworth Scholar and Exhibitioner of Middle Temple
  • Attorney General’s Panel of Regional Counsel

Employment

Elizabeth has a busy practice, both representing and advising; she regularly undertakes high value cases and represents in multi-week hearings. Her practice includes:

  • The full range of discrimination claims
  • Whistleblowing claims
  • Equal pay
  • Collective consultation work including s. 189 TULRCA claims
  • Industrial action disputes
  • TUPE disputes
  • Holiday pay claims
  • Working time claims
  • Significant unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal claims
  • Breach of contract claims including those requiring navigation of the Johnson exclusion zone

She has a significant amount of public sector respondent work, on behalf of local authorities, Government bodies and NHS Trusts in particular; and is also frequently instructed on behalf of corporate clients including nationally recognised companies. In addition she welcomes instructions from claimants.

Her recent appearances in the Employment Tribunal include:

  • Representing the Secretary of State defending a claim of disability discrimination (the claimant relying on a hearing condition)
  • Representing a solicitor pursuing claims of unfair dismissal, pregnancy and maternity leave discrimination, and equal pay
  • Representing a local authority defending claims of disability discrimination (relying on a mental health condition) and constructive unfair dismissal
  • Representing a national supermarket chain defending claims of disability discrimination (relying on a mental health condition) and constructive unfair dismissal
  • Representing a Government body defending claims of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination (relying on dyslexia)
  • Representing a banker pursuing claims of detriment on the ground of protected disclosures and disability discrimination (relying on a mental health condition)
  • Representing a Senior Commercial Manager formerly employed by an internationally recognised company pursuing claims for unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, breach of contract and sex discrimination
  • Representing a university professor pursuing claims for unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal
    Representing a small company defending claims of pregnancy discrimination and automatically unfair dismissal
  • Representing a local authority defending claims of race discrimination, victimisation and unfair dismissal in respect of an alleged lengthy course of conduct culminating in the dismissal

Cases are anonymised to preserve client confidentiality.

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