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From me to you: Clare Gilroy-Scott celebrates International Women's Day 2021

Clare Gilroy-Scott joined Goodman Derrick as a trainee in 2001 following a 3 year HR role in a recruitment business. Clare qualified into the Employment Team in 2003 and became a partner in 2017. She is also the firm’s Training Principal. She advises in both contentious and non-contentious employment matters including restructurings, redundancies, TUPE and drafting employment documentation as well as representation in Tribunal proceedings. Her specialisms include employment status, off-payroll working/IR35 implications and complex holiday pay matters. Career highlights include acting largely pro bono for the Claimant in the high profile holiday pay case King v The Sash Window Workshop Limited in the EAT, Court of Appeal and the European Court of Justice. Clare was named The Times Lawyer of the Week in December 2017 for her work in this case.

Q&A

What inspired you to become a lawyer? And where did you find personal drive to commit to the study and a life of learning and advising?  

Having dealt with employee relations when I worked in HR, I developed an interest in employment law and worked with the company’s external solicitors regularly. During one particular contentious matter, I found myself thinking that I would prefer to do their role so I went back to college to do the CPE (PGDL).

Let’s be honest, the profession can be tough and the recent pandemic has made some things even tougher, have you found resilience hard to come by? You have probably surprised yourself too... 

It hasn’t been an easy year for anyone and clients have relied more than ever on employment lawyers, trusting us to be able to effectively advise them on entirely new employment law principles, such as “furlough” which did not exist as a concept before 20 March 2020 in UK employment law. The last year has certainly been a challenge but we have all had to adapt very quickly to new ways of working.

If you were to advise the young woman that walked through the door for your first work experience job, what would you say?  

Don’t under-estimate the value of bouncing ideas off colleagues and working collaboratively. Often there are multiple solutions to a situation – acknowledging this and ensuring that your clients understand their options clearly is essential. If you aren’t sure about something – ask.  

And finally do you have any advice for the young lawyers starting out today, have things truly changed? 

I started my career with Goodman Derrick LLP as a trainee and I am now the Training Principal. I enjoy seeing our trainee solicitors develop their practical skills, building on their years of academic learning and gaining the confidence needed to practice law. I had a great training experience and I encourage those starting out to make the most of the valuable opportunity to shadow and work with experienced lawyers and counsel.

From me to you: Goodman Derrick’s female lawyers celebrate International Women’s Day

Goodman Derrick are celebrating International Women’s Day with a series of interviews with senior associates and partners.

Reflecting upon a career in law, Goodman Derrick’ senior associates and partners have shared their early career stories and their experiences of working through the pandemic, providing guidance for the younger generation at the start of their careers.

Our lawyers’ interviews are available to read by clicking here.

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