Vivienne Reeve leads our employment equalities practice, focusing lately on mental health, non-visible conditions and the menopause.
Vivienne advises on the whole employment life cycle, from recruitment to talent retention, managing health issues at work, reasonable adjustments, complex grievances, change programmes and equalities learning. She brings experience from having successfully represented clients in complex multi-party tribunal claims over the last ten years (most frequently including complex whistle-blowing and discrimination claims) to her advisory work, to capture and improve best practice.
Vivienne has a strong understanding of individual motivators for behaviours in the workplace and works closely with her clients to understand what sits behind a dispute, to bring about pragmatic outcomes in difficult situations, successfully resolving complex discrimination claims through Judicial Mediation, ACAS and directly.
Her diverse client base incorporates both the public and private sector, from social housing, police authorities, manufacturing, aviation, to environmental, both UK based and international.
Vivienne's specialist interest is equality, particularly managing staff mental health well at work and helping employers become disability confident. Vivienne's relevant experience includes advising:
- A large housing and care provider with operational HR queries, change programmes, streamlining disparate contracts, equality issues and defending mixed tribunal claims.
- Business protection advice to international private sector clients, managing senior exits.
- Police authorities, successfully steering clients through judicial mediation to positive outcomes and defending complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Recently this included a positive settlement of a claim of over £1 million, for less than £25,000.
- An international transport sector client, successfully defending a complex contractual dispute in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, supporting the business in managing union relations and wider issues, whilst resolving the matter.