Charlotte Farrell

Associate - Employment & Immigration

Charlotte Farrell

Associate - Employment & Immigration

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I am an employment specialist with over 8 years’ experience in employment law and HR matters, regularly advising both employers and employees with all areas of employment law and in particular:

  • day to day HR issues and enquiries;
  • grievance and disciplinary processes;
  • performance and absence management processes;
  • protected conversations and settlement agreements;
  • drafting employment contracts and staff handbooks;
  • the enforceability of restrictive covenants;
  • ET and EAT litigation;
  • discrimination and whistleblowing claims;
  • redundancy and restructuring advice;
  • TUPE;
  • advice on employment status;
  • corporate support work during the sale and purchase of a company and to set up directorship arrangements (both non-executive and executive); and
  • GDPR in the employment and HR context.

I have particular expertise in providing corporate support to companies during the due diligence process of buying and selling a company and GDPR in an employment context.

I provide in house training to HR teams and managers and regularly deliver our line manager training programme to small groups of attendees.

I am a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.  

I also advise on a range of business and personal immigration issues.

I regularly support companies navigate the complexities of the immigration system, in particular:

  • advice on becoming a sponsor;
  • assistance with the application process to become a sponsor;
  • advice on sponsoring a specific employee to work in the UK and the process to follow;
  • compliance with sponsor duties and reporting relevant issues to the Home office;
  • conducting appropriate right to work checks; and
  • the rights of EU nationals to work in the UK after Brexit and the steps a business must take.

I also regularly advise individuals on their personal immigration situation and applications, in particular:

  • spousal and dependent applications to come to the UK or extend their right to be in the UK;
  • applications for indefinite leave to remain in the UK;
  • applications to naturalise as a British citizen and gain a British passport; and
  • advice to EU nationals on their options for remaining in the UK after Brexit

I am a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA).

I strongly believe in working alongside our clients to identify their preferred outcome and take steps to achieve that outcome, whilst working within the legal framework available to them. I take time to get to know our clients and their businesses so that the advice I give is tailored specifically to them and their organisation.

I provide practical advice to our clients that they can implement straight away to manage the situation they are handling.  I use my previous experience to give HR managers and business owners the tools they need to identify issues which may become problematic at an early stage and to act proactively to prevent situations escalating.

As all clients have different ways they prefer to receive advice from us, I work with our clients to identify their preferences and then where possible provide advice in this way to them to make the process as seamless as possible for them; whether that be practical advice on the telephone or email, template documents for them to adapt or a detailed legal advice letter.

I use my commercial knowledge and industry expertise to help my clients achieve their aims whilst minimising their risks as much as possible.

Where a situation creates risks for our clients I explain those risks but look for solutions to reduce them as much as possible and give our clients the most straightforward approach to take.

Your advice and guidance on a recent employment matter was extremely helpful, to the point and gratefully appreciated. I would be happy to recommend Paris Smith who were efficient and thorough in the legal service and advice offered. I felt relieved and secure with the support, counsel and your professional manner throughout.

Naz Lewis-Humphrey

I have recently absorbed a new HR role and have needed to get reassurance, advice, confirmation from Paris Smith on a number of different situations over that past 5 months including, redundancies, resignations and terminations, salaries and hourly rates for part time employees, diversity in the workplace. Charlotte and Tabytha have been brilliant and so supportive with me stepping into this role and have reassured me that what I have learnt on my HR studies and what I do on a daily basis, is correct and as advised for best practice. They are quick to respond and happy to help in any way. They are both down to earth but at the same time providing a quality service

High level employee - Construction Industry

PHL have worked with Paris Smith since 2016 who have provided exceptional employment law advice and support over the years. They have provided various advice on employee case management situations, self-employed status, union, TUPE, IR35 and NHS AFC legislation advice to name a few. I find them a professional, friendly, approachable team who provide a quick turnaround on support and advice. They are always quick to respond in a professional manner, breaking down the complexities of employment law and regulations talking through possible options. We also enjoy the regular HR seminars they invite us to which consist of employment law updates, case study examples and a chance to meet the team.

Bobby-Anne Payne, HR Manager - Partnering Health Ltd
Partnering Health Ltd

I needed employment advice regarding a settlement agreement and was recommended by another solicitor. Charlotte offered swift advice within a very challenging time scale. I found the combination of the professionalism, speed and pragmatism shown by Charlotte to be excellent. She really did care about my situation. Charlotte Farrell was simply first class.

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Charlotte has gone well beyond what could reasonably be expected to bring an employment matter to a timely conclusion. Throughout the process she has been very helpful, understanding and friendly, provided clear and succinct advice, and regular updates.

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I was recently made redundant and needed legal representation. I have found Charlotte to be very helpful and hardworking, checking for my understanding throughout and working to ensure she met what was an incredibly tight deadline. Overall this has made a difficult situation much less stressful. I would like to thank Charlotte for her expertise and her personable approach, allowing me to wrap up a difficult time with a satisfactory outcome.

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I have receievd a reliable, professional and value for money service from Paris Smith for a number of years. Paris Smith are able to offer advice, guidance and have assisted me with both my personal and business requirements, and supported me through any necessary action required to be taken. Paris Smith have experts within their team of professionals who have, in their specialism, assisted with my personal and business activities, conveyancing, Will and associated end of life planning, probate, employment issues and tax planning. Their professional advice, suggested course of action, clearly explained and if required quickly executed. I shall continue to use their excellent services in supporting me with my business and any personal issues I may have in the future.

Julie Harrison, MD - The White House (Curdridge) Ltd
The White House (Curdridge) Ltd