Lara is a solicitor who works with Chris Benson in the employment department. She specialises in equal pay and discrimination claims.
Lara joined Leigh Day in February 2011 when she advised on complex and high value individual employment and discrimination cases, with a particular focus on senior executives. Her particular focus was on advising on severance packages, maternity and pregnancy discrimination, disability discrimination, race discrimination, sexual harassment and employment status claims.
In 2012 she was asked to assist Chris Benson on the Birmingham City Council equal pay claim, a large multi-party case which went to the Supreme Court in a landmark judgment. She managed a large team of paralegals and was instrumental in the success of the case.
Before joining Leigh Day Lara worked at Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP where she advised on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters and acted for individual claimants and respondents. She has experience in:
- Discrimination, victimisation and harassment
- Unfair and wrongful dismissal
- Severance negotiations
- Wages disputes
Having initially started her training as a barrister, Lara qualified as a solicitor in September 2015. As part of her training she undertook work in the human rights department including time spent in the education team.
Lara is experienced in all stages of litigation from commencement to settlement.
Education: Lara has a first class masters in Employment Law, completed the Bar Vocational Course and gained a distinction in her Legal Practice Course.
Lara in the news
- Barnard v Hampshire Fire & Rescue: stable working relationships. This article was firs published in ELA Briefing 1.2.20
- DLA Briefing article – Supreme Court rules judges are protected by whistle-blowing legislation
- Lara has contributed to the Employment Lawyers Association Responses on Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination: Extending redundancy protection for women and new parents
- Good working plan: Support families
- Watchdogs Report on BBC Equal Pay must not quieten the voices of those fighting for equal pay
- Leigh Day Reacts to Cleaning Staff Cuts
- A Step by Step Process to the Supermarket Equal Pay Claims
- The Equal Pay Act is 50 Years Old - But Should we Celebrate or Commiserate?
- Ten Changes That Need To Be Made to Close the Equal Pay Gap
- Equality Act 2010: Five Signs We’re On Our Way To Achieving Equality
- Article on pregnancy discrimination, Welcome to the Jungle