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Kate is a Partner in the Employment Team and is also our Notary Public. Kate joined Eaton Smith as a solicitor in May 2010, was promoted to Senior Solicitor in April 2012 and to Associate in April 2013. Kate qualified in 2007 and, prior to joining Eaton Smith, worked with Irwin Mitchell and DWF to build her experience in employment law.

Kate leads our employment team, which is part of our Business Services Team and delivers high quality client-focussed advice with an emphasis on commerciality.

Kate has experience in advising on all areas of employment law, including:

• Drafting contracts of employment, director’s service agreements, consultancy agreements, apprentice agreements, secondment agreements, contracts for casual or temporary workers, employment policies and procedures, and staff handbooks.

• Drafting and advising on the application and enforcement of restrictive covenants.

• Dealing with internal matters such as disciplinary procedures, redundancy programmes, absence management procedures and grievances.

• Advising on the application of legislation and the entitlements of workers, including national minimum wage, working time, statutory maternity, paternity and adoption leave and pay, flexible working requests, and whistleblowing.

• Advising on aspects of discrimination including practical steps to safeguard businesses and advice for workers who have been subject to discrimination.

• Dealing with the employees affected by the sale or transfer or a business or outsourcing of a service, including advising on the implications of TUPE (the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006) and ensuring that businesses have appropriate indemnities in place to protect it going forwards.

• Dealing with the dismissal of staff and the negotiation of termination packages.

• Representing both employers and employees (or former employees) in Employment Tribunal claims.

• Negotiating termination packages (including financial negotiation and amendment of restrictive covenants) and settlement agreements (including compromise agreements and COT3 agreements).

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Kate prepares our email bulletins and seminars on employment law and is always happy to talk about all things employment. To make an appointment or to sign up for our email bulletins and seminars, contact our team using the contact form or contact Kate directly on 01484 821309 or KateBooth@eatonsmith.co.uk

Kate's employment law workshops have been described as:

"Very informative and interactive, made to feel at ease."

"The workshop has helped me have the confidence to deal with situations."

"Very informative, top tips to help me change my approach in this area!"

"Good, relaxed and informal workshop, learnt a lot."

"Informative while being enjoyable."

What do Kate’s clients say about her?

"Thank you for your  guidance and advice today; it was more than I could have hoped for, or expected. This was a new experience for me and you made it stress free and painless, and managed to secure an improved outcome thanks  to your legal-eagle eye." 

"We have been using Kate Booth at Eaton-Smith for the last few years for employment advice and have always found her assistance useful. This year she has helped us greatly with an employment case. Her attention to detail and advice with the issues affecting our business have been invaluable and allowed us to successfully deal with some complex employment problems. It is clear she has an excellent grasp of the law and its implications within employment. In addition her calm reassuring nature and prompt replies to our concerns have allowed us to proceed through the situation with a confidence that we have been in expert hands. I would recommend Kate and her team to any business looking for employment advice and indeed have done so in the past."

"Kate is meticulous and observant in her assessment of all facets of a dispute including the ones you would never think of, and yet somehow manages to respond promptly noting the urgency of every situation."

"Kate has been a ‘god send’ to our company for all our employee issues. Our HR team have learned so much from her which has created immense confidence in being able to deal with any employment issues on a day to day basis. Her approach is pragmatic with a warm, friendly reliable and very supportive attitude. Kate has an excellent understanding of our business and especially the need for a fast turnaround."

"I have worked with Kate for around 4 years now and I have always found her to be very professional, her knowledge and understanding is second to none but as well as this she is a genuinely caring and lovely person who understands the needs of her clients. I would highly recommend her to any potential new business out there."

"Thanks so much for your guidance on this, you’ve made a painful situation become a breath of fresh air!"

“We have been using Kate Booth of Eaton Smith from some years and she adopted the same unfussy and straightforward approach to training members of our management team in conducting fair investigations in Disciplinary matters as she does with her legal advice."

"The training was well-received by our team and  following the training all  who attended felt more confident about the approach to take in this difficult  area for all managers.”   

“Having engaged Kate’s services on employment law, I found she was always professional, efficient and precise in her commitment to the service we asked her to provide. You could not ask for someone more dedicated to assist you in employment law matters and would recommend Kate without hesitation.”

“Well done for all your hard work and strong will with this. We are delighted with the result.”

“Thanks again for all your help in this matter, its nice having you on our side!!!”

“Thank you for all your assistance and guidance over the past year on this unpleasant issue.”

“Thank you for looking through the contract, your thoughts were very helpful and reassuring!”

“I thank you for all your help. I will certainly recommend you to friends and relatives, should they ever be in need of legal assistance relating to their employment.”

 

 

Supporting businesses throughout Yorkshire, the UK and internationally; Eaton Smith's highly regarded Business Services Team advises on starting-out through to high profile corporate and international transactions, helping businesses with trading agreements, internet trading, business structures, reorganisations, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, disposals, intellectual property, sports law, employment law, property, debt collection and disputes. One of our commercial clients has this to say about us:

"We were buying a large private company, who left us with a rather unreasonable timescale. I was therefore deeply impressed with the way you guys picked up the challenge and ran with it like the true professionals you are.

I think I heard a comment from the vendors about 'provincial solicitors' once at the beginning of the matter. I never heard it again. I can sincerely and honestly say, having had some experience of big city solicitors in the past, that I could not conceive how any other firm would have dealt with this in the same expert, expedient and insanely short timescale that you did. This is not flannel – it is a fact and I am humbled by the way you guys responded and looked after my interests and those of my company"

If you need a solicitor, you want to be confident that your interests are properly looked after. Our teams of legal professionals have an extensive range of skills and experience to offer our clients, who also enjoy the added benefit of dealing with a firm that is large enough to provide specialists in the many areas of legal issues that we cover including; family matters, employment problems, house purchases and sales, wills, crime and road traffic offences, personal injury, medical negligence and dispute resolution.