I am Senior Partner at Bevan Brittan and Head of the Employment, Immigration and Pensions team. I have overall responsibility for Bevan Brittan's health and social care employment practice, acting for employers across the independent and voluntary sectors as well as the NHS. I am also a member of the Bevan Brittan board and am the strategic lead for our Wellbeing agenda, which forms part of our wider Responsible Employer focus.
As Senior Partner, I support colleagues and clients across our key markets of health and social care, housing, local government, insurance and finance, higher education, energy and resource management and construction.
With over 20 years' experience as a specialist employment lawyer, my employment practice spans both contentious and advisory work including:
- High value or complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims
- Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team with commercial healthcare, regulatory and litigation colleagues on a broad range of medical workforce issues such as practising privileges and engagement models as well as doctors and dentists' conduct and capability concerns under the Maintaining High Professional Standards (MHPS) Framework for the NHS
- Advising on Covid related workforce issues
- Employment litigation across the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal jurisdictions
- Employee relations matters such as grievances, Dignity at Work, performance and conduct matters, with a particular focus on supporting the Just Culture agenda
- Providing specialist health and social care workforce support on the CQC Well Led agenda, including governance reviews, CQC inspection readiness and preparation
- Organisational change including re-structures and redundancy, joint venture arrangements, TUPE and collective and individual consultation exercises
- Policy and contractual advice, including disputes
Personable service. Jodie Sinclair in particular has always been responsive and supportive.
I regularly support Chief Executives and Chairs in managing strategic and board level workforce issues, including senior executive terminations and breakdown in working relationships. I am increasingly consulted as a sounding board for the management of workforce issues arising from the #Metoo and Black Lives Matter Movement, Health and Wellbeing and “Just and Compassionate Culture” agendas, including the facilitation of cultural reviews, audits and “deep dives” into disciplinary and formal management processes, and the learning arising from same.
I am one of the core partners in the multi-disciplinary healthcare team awarded "Health Investor – Legal Adviser of the Year" (Transactional) in 2020 and 2021, "Legal Adviser of the Year" (Private) in 2019 and for both Public Sector categories in 2017 and 2018.
Clients describe me as "professional, knowledgeable and flexible in her approach" and note that "she can be trusted to deliver solution-focused results".
I chair a Workforce Forum on strategic workforce issues for Workforce Directors within the healthcare sector and I’m a regular contributor to the Independent Healthcare Partners Network HRD Meetings. I speak extensively both in-house and at sector events on a broad range of employment and workforce matters, for example, at Laing Buisson’s Private Acute Healthcare Conference and the Independent Healthcare Providers Network Annual Summit and regularly provide bespoke training workshops to clients on a broad range of employment issues and legislative developments.
I’m a regular contributor to our Employment Eye publications, the HPMA monthly newsletter and have been published in the Care Markets Journal, Health Investor Magazine and Health Service Journal.
Employment Eye April 2022
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for April 2022
Temporary FAQs: Managing the VCOD U-turn as at 11 February
These FAQs are based on information available as at 11 February.
Mandatory vaccination for health and social care workers: Updated FAQs...
These FAQs are based on information available as at 8 December.
Employment Eye November 2021
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for November 2021
Making vaccination a condition of deployment in the health and wider...
Employment Eye August 2021
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for August 2021
Employment Eye February 2021
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for February 2021
Employment Eye November 2020
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for November 2020
Times Best Law Firm Spotlight: Employment, Pensions & Immigration
New Coronavirus Regulations on self-isolation
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020
Employment Eye September 2020
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for September 2020
COVID-19: The Transition Back to Work
COVID-19 - Additional Death in Service Payment for Health and Care...
What's available for the independent and third sectors?
COVID-19: The Transition Back to Work
Government Guidance on Working Safely During Coronavirus and Changes to the Furlough Scheme
Employment Eye May 2020
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for May 2020
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – FAQ’s
Coronavirus: Practical Guidance for Employers
The Paterson Inquiry – key recommendations
Employment Eye January 2020
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for January 2020
Employment Eye October 2019
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for October 2019
Employment Eye June 2019
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for June 2019
Bevan Brittan and One HealthTech Bristol form strategic partnership
Employment Eye April 2019
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for April 2019
Duty of Candour News Bulletin
Employment Eye February 2019
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for February 2019
Mencap / ‘sleep-ins’ decision being appealed
Preparing for a CQC inspection
Employment Eye January 2019
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for January 2019
Employment Eye November 2018
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for November 2018
Employment Eye September 2018
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for September 2018
Employment Eye July 2018
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for July 2018
Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake: 'sleep in' payments and the...
13 July 2018
Employment Eye June 2018
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for June 2018
Employment Eye May 2018
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for May 2018
Employment Eye April 2018
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for April 2018
Employment Eye March 2018
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for March 2018
Employment Eye February 2018
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for February 2018
Employment Eye January 2018
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for January 2018
Employment Eye December 2017
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for December 2017
Employment Eye November 2017
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for November 2017
Employment Eye October 2017
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for October 2017
Employment Eye September 2017
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for September 2017
Employment Eye July 2017
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for July 2017
Employment Eye June 2017
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for June 2017
Employment Eye May 2017
Bevan Brittan's employment law report for May 2017.
Employment Eye - April 2017
Welcome to the April 2017 edition of our employment law report: our monthly round-up of key employment law developments and what...
Employment Eye March 2017
Employment Eye - February 2017
Bevan Brittan on the latest developments in employment law
Employment Eye - January 2017
Bevan Brittan on the latest developments in employment law
Inappropriate final written warnings
Jodie Sinclair looks at how employment tribunals (and, by extension, employers) should deal with dismissal following a manifestly...
Raising the bar on raising concerns
The raising concerns agenda is in the limelight again and its scope is expanding.
Employment news round-up, June 2016
Aside from the EU referendum, what other important developments have affected the employment law world this month?
Working time, minimum wages & travel
How to avoid prosecution and backpay claims in respect of low paid workers - now a particular risk for health & social care.
Free Consultancy Contract review for all our Health clients
How to ensure that Self-employed Workers Arrangements meet both NHS TDA, Monitor and NHS England requirements
Shining a light on service providers and commissioners
New guidance from the Committee on Standards in Public Life
Surprise European ruling on doctors' working time
In an unexpected decision, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has departed from the advice of the Advocate-General (given back in...
Recovery of public sector exit payments
The government is intending to implement new measures to allow public sector exit payments to be recouped where the individual has...
Travel time as "working time"
If you engage workers who need to travel from home in order to carry out their work – for example, community based or care workers...
NHS providers: meeting the efficiency challenge
Bevan Brittan's Jodie Sinclair (Partner, Employment team) comments on Lord Carter's interim report on NHS operational productivity...
What's not to 'like'? Social media and the workplace
The impact of social media on working life has been steadily increasing in recent years, and it is now an issue which employers...
Quality Regulation: Ensuring you are Well-Led - meeting the Governance...
The regulatory burden on NHS providers is ever increasing: From 1 April 2015, in addition to the Duty of Candour and Fit and...
Employment news round-up March 2015
Jodie Sinclair provides our regular monthly edit of the latest workforce law developments of which you need to be aware.
She knows the healthcare sector inside and out, and her clients really value that breadth of understanding.