Louise Bloomfield - DAC Beachcroft
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Louise Bloomfield

Louise specialises in employment law, and also industrial relations issues.

She has over 15 years’ experience advising clients across a range of sectors including household name clients in the retail and hospitality sector, as well as significant businesses in the insurance, logistics and health care sectors. Her key clients include many high street brands, well known private health care providers and globally recognised insurance businesses.

Louise regularly advises businesses on their most sensitive employment law issues, including senior hires and exits, restrictive covenant disputes, trade union matters, complex discrimination and whistleblowing issues, and also effecting change management. She is able to draw on her experience of lengthy secondments at both Asda and Royal Mail to ensure that her advice and support, and that of the teams she leads, is business and commercially focussed.

Relevant experience includes advising:

  • Royal Mail on industrial relations issues, in particular in relation to strike activity, including wildcat action. Louise was part of the team which was successful in the High Court and Court of Appeal in preventing the CWU calling its members out on national strike around Christmas and the General Election 2019.
  • A global restaurant chain on all of its UK employment law issues, which includes supporting its People Team on a daily basis on issues ranging from disciplinaries’ and grievances to more strategic matters such as senior exits, TUPE transfers and changing terms and conditions.
  • A private healthcare provider on the exit of a Board level Executive, including advice on LTIP issues, pensions and negotiating a complex settlement agreement to ensure all parties’ interests were protected.

Louise is recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners, and Legal 500 which state:

Louise Bloomfield handles a broad spread of employment work as well as advising on industrial relations issues. She regularly handles sensitive contentious matters relating to discrimination claims and managerial exits. Her clients include leading companies in the technology, healthcare and restaurant industries.” (Chambers and Partners 2020).

“The employment team in DAC Beachcroft LLP's Leeds office is one of the largest specialist employment team in the region. Louise Bloomfield, who heads up the practice, advises major corporates.” (Legal 500 2020)

In addition, Louise is an active member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association, having previously served as the elected representative for the north east from 2009-12.

 

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