Helen Scott

Associate Solicitor

Helen is an Associate Solicitor at Collingwood Legal, she is a highly experienced and skilled employment solicitor, recognised as a “recommended lawyer” by the Legal 500. Helen qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and spent 9 years specialising in employment law in a large commercial firm in Newcastle upon Tyne before joining Collingwood Legal in 2018.

Experience

Examples of Helen’s experience include:

  • Advising and acting for a broad range of clients, ranging from individuals and small start-up businesses to multi-national public limited companies.

  • Representing clients in numerous Employment Tribunal cases involving claims of unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, discrimination, TUPE transfers and contractual disputes.

  • Supporting and advising clients through disciplinary and grievance matters.

  • Providing practical day to day advice to employers on statutory and contractual obligations in the workplace.

  • Providing comprehensive and tailored advice to employers on their TUPE obligations upon transfer of a business or contract.

  • Advising upon and negotiating numerous settlement exit deals and agreements.

Noteworthy cases

  • PLC Software Company (2007-2013) – successfully managed a long running procedurally complex unfair dismissal claim by the former Group Financial Accountant.

  • Retail sector Respondent (2010) – redundancy case – successfully defended the claim and achieving a costs order against the Claimant.

Outside of work

Helen enjoys spending time with her family, doing crafts and baking with her daughters, and likes to wind down with a good film or box set, and nice glass of wine.

Accreditations

The firm offers a tight, professional, exemplary service. It's enthusiastic, sympathetic and reassuring.

Chambers and Partners

Small enough to care, large enough to battle.

Chambers and Partners

The firm is outstanding; they always go the extra mile to ensure the information given is accurate, informative and can be administered with as much ease as possible.

Chambers and Partners

The team is always pragmatic and looks at the wider issues. They keep me calm, playing the long game and considering all the tactics and policies. They work as a team and everybody is always fully briefed. Good value for money.

Chambers and Partners

A very efficient, responsive, knowledgeable and flexible team. They are keen to accommodate our specific needs, like delivering training sessions targeting our requirements. They provide reliable service.

Chambers and Partners

The team is very efficient, quick to react and respond, and they are excellent communicators.

Chambers and Partners 2018/19

Collingwood Legal have worked closely with the College on a number of key projects. The Collingwood Legal team have consistently provided valuable advice and I would highly recommend their personable and candid approach.

Principal at Leading FE College

Boutique employment law firm Collingwood Legal is recognised for its 'expertise in dealing with complex, high-end disputes'.

Legal 500 2020

Collingwood Legal stands out for its 'excellent response times' and 'business acumen' alongside its 'pragmatic and practical' advice.

Legal 500 2019

the 'efficient, polite and responsive' practice

Legal 500 2019

Comprehensive advice tailored to practical situations. Collingwood Legal demonstrate a real understanding of the employers perspective. Would have no hesitation in recommending to other businesses.

HR Director – Construction firm

We could not be happier with the firm. They are local, responsive, incredibly knowledgeable and enabling.

Chambers and Partners 2020

Offers experience in handling whistle-blowing issues and advises on restraint of trade and business protection, while also winning praise for its advice on disciplinary proceedings.

Chambers and Partners 2020

I was in touch with several members of the team and all were polite, professional and extremely honest.

Chambers and Partners 2020

Strong choice for collective redundancies, restructurings and TUPE matters, particularly in the education and not-for-profit sectors. Noted for expertise in equality, diversity and discrimination issues, and able to advise on GDPR.

Chambers and Partners 2020

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Boutique employment law firm Collingwood Legal is recognised for its 'expertise in dealing with complex, high-end disputes'.

Legal 500 2020