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Sarah has specialised in providing employment law advice within the education sector since 2010. She has extensive experience of the unique challenges that employers face in the sector, ranging from safer recruitment of staff through to dismissals and onward referrals to external bodies.
Sarah has a wide range of experience in both contentious and non-contentious employment work. In addition to providing advice and representation in respect of employment tribunal proceedings, she works closely with clients, advising upon school and trust-based employment processes. She regularly advises upon disciplinary and grievance procedures and redundancy processes.
Prior to joining Browne Jacobson, Sarah led the legal department at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). Sarah has published articles in TES and SecEd and she has regularly spoken at ASCL conferences.
On 20 July 2022, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited judgment in the case of Harpur Trust v Brazel, upholding the decision of the Court of Appeal. For those of you familiar with this case, you will know that it concerns the statutory leave requirements for part-time and part-year workers. For schools and academies whose workforce consists of a variety of types of part-time and part-year workers, this case is one that must be understood before any changes are applied. Come and join Emma Hughes, Head of HR Services as she puts questions to Ian Deakin, Employment Partner, and Sarah Linden, Senior Associate.