Vivienne Reeve

Vivienne has a strong understanding of individual motivators for behaviours in the workplace. She is experienced in getting to the bottom of challenging people issues, to bring them to an amicable resolution where appropriate and raise learning points for improved practice.

Vivienne advises on the whole employment life cycle, from recruitment to talent retention, managing health issues at work, addressing employee disclosures, changing terms and conditions and dismissals. She brings the benefit of successfully representing clients in tribunal claims (including complex whistle-blowing and discrimination claims, unfair dismissal, unlawful deduction of wages and TUPE claims) to advisory work regarding investigations into misconduct, bullying, health management and reasonable adjustments.

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 £1m, 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. Vivienne enjoys the working with clients delivering training on respect at work and managing mental and physical health at work.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

    • Career
      July 2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), principal associate
  • 2016

    • Career
      February 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK), senior associate
  • 2015

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, senior associate
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, associate
  • 2007

    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP
  • 2006

    • Education
      The College of Law, LPC
  • 2002

    • Community
      Pro bono work: former School Governor; Birmingham Legal Advice Clinic Advisor
    • Education
      University of Birmingham, LLB: Law with French