Charmaine combines technical employment law advice with commercially minded pragmatism and a strong sense of warmth and empathy. This enables her to work collaboratively with clients to fully understand their needs, and to help them select an approach which best suits their objectives.
Charmaine advises clients on all aspects of employment law, including employment disputes and litigation, general advisory work on redundancy and restructuring exercises, performance and absence management processes, Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE), and corporate transactions.
Charmaine is also experienced in conducting independent investigations into grievances and potential disciplinary matters.
It is important and rewarding for Charmaine to work closely alongside her clients and to problem-solve jointly, so that the solution reached addresses not only the legal considerations, but also the commercial and personal impacts.
Throughout her career, Charmaine has undertaken a number of secondments, allowing her to understand clients’ pressures and priorities from within.
Charmaine qualified in 2010 and joined the Employment team at Farrer & Co in September 2020.
Charmaine advises clients on employment law across all sectors, with particular experience in the areas of tech and media. Recent experience includes:
- providing on-going advice to a highly acquisitive technology company on all aspects of their employment law needs, including advice on hiving up and harmonising terms within newly acquired businesses, day to day advice on disciplinary and grievance procedures and absences, and workforce restructuring and redundancies;
- advising a television broadcaster on the employment aspects of structuring a complex second-generation outsourcing of media services, and drafting and negotiating TUPE provisions in the relevant outsourcing agreements; and
- conducting external investigations for multiple clients, in particular in relation to #MeToo allegations.
"I always value the pragmatic perspective Charmaine provides. She helps get to the heart of the issue quickly and balances commercially driven consideration with a legal perspective I trust." (Client)
"Charmaine is invaluable – she understands our business, its objectives and vision, works collaboratively on producing best solutions and she’s on hand when needed. Always a pleasure to speak to her." (Client)
"Charmaine is professional, timely and knowledgeable – all qualities I’m sure we would look for in any solicitor. However, what sets her apart is the care and kindness she shows to her clients. She is always willing to go the extra mile and shows great empathy in how she carries out her work." (Client)