I am the Head of Bevan Brittan’s Employment, Immigration and Pensions Team, with nearly 20 years' experience as a specialist employment lawyer. I act primarily for healthcare employers on the various employment issues they face, including the NHS as well as independent and third sector health and social care organisations who operate in this market. I also have considerable experience advising employer organisations in a range of other industry sectors including financial services, hospitality and manufacturing.
My practice covers both contentious and non-contentious work including workforce reorganisation and organisational change including, contractual advice and disputes, employer relations matters such as grievance and disciplinary processes and drafting policies and procedures, high value or complex discrimination claims, joint venture arrangements, TUPE and collective and individual consultation exercises. I have a particular interest in high-value or complex discrimination claims, the Raising Concerns and whistleblowing agenda and doctors’ capability and disciplinary cases, including those that lead to High Court proceedings.
I am a regular sounding board to management and executive teams, including Boards, on strategic workforce issues and have provided legal support on driving efficiencies, workforce productivity as well as initiatives to implement the principles and recommendations of the Francis Report, for example the Fit and Proper Person Test.
I chair a Workforce Forum on strategic workforce issues for Workforce Directors within the healthcare sector and I actively support and attend the AIHO/NHS Partners HRD Network. I speak extensively both in-house and externally on a broad range of employment and workforce matters and regularly provide bespoke training workshops to clients on a broad range of employment issues and legislative developments.
By working proactively with clients on a knowledge and skills transfer providing risk based advice, I help them manage their workforce legal spend.
I regularly contribute to our Employment Eye publications as well as the HPMA monthly newsletter and have been published in the Health Investor Magazine and Health Service Journal.
I represented St George's Healthcare NHS Trust in the seminal SOSR case of Perkin v St George's Healthcare NHS Trust  IRLR 93.
Jodie Sinclair takes a very pragmatic approach in some very complex cases and is great to work with, I have nothing but high regard for her.