Louise Clifford helps clients to deliver structural change, with robust workforce solutions.
She has over 17 years' employment law experience, with a particular focus on large-scale, strategic projects. In employment situations which are complex and multi-faceted, Louise draws on this experience to give clients a clear, pragmatic steer. She quickly helps clients to spot issues which may affect the success of their project and works with them to find a resolution to ensure that the project completes on time and to budget.
Employment issues will generally be at the heart of organisational change, whether it's a significant outsourcing project, a business-wide pay and grading review or a proposal to introduce new ways of working. By working closely with the in-house team, Louise ensures that she understands the broader business context and the various complexities of employee and union relations. That allows her to provide workable and commercially focused solutions which balance the client's need to achieve change with the need to maintain strong employee relationships with staff and their representatives.
Louise played a key role in the award winning team which advised a local authority on the implementation of new terms and conditions and a new pay and grading system for over 10,000 employees. This was in conjunction with defending mass equal pay litigation, including in the appellate courts. It was a complex project from the outset requiring a clear strategy and a clear understanding of the Council and its priorities.
Louise has provided assistance to a range of charities and not for profit organisations, including pro bono assistance to an international aid and development charity. This included successfully defending a claim brought by one of its volunteers.
When CBRE needed help with the workforce aspects of the Prupim property management outsourcing, Louise used her expertise to help advise longstanding client CBRE. This deal was significant since, at the time, it was Europe's biggest ever property management outsourcing relating to more than 800 properties and an estimated value of approximately £12 bn.
As part of if it's successful bid to deliver pathology services to two NHS Trusts, Louise advised a private healthcare organisation on handling the TUPE and workforce issues, relying on her extensive experience of public sector transfers and her knowledge of the health sector. Louise assisted a local authority in addressing the impact of budget cuts necessitated by a government spending review by advising on the successful implementation of an organisation wide project to change terms and conditions. Louise uses her broad experience of employment law issues and her public sector knowledge to advise a regulatory client on the handling of a broad range of both strategic and day to day employment matters;
Louise has advises Clinical Commissioning Groups on the TUPE and equalities aspects of the procurement of community services and integrated care, to enable the CCGs to appropriately manage the workforce issues and comply with public sector equality duties.
When a client in the defence industry identified a potential conflict between UK discrimination laws and US export regulations, compliance with which was critical to the business, Louise helped them to devise a solution which would allow them to achieve their business objectives while mitigating any employment law risks.