Partner, Employment Law & Venue Licensing
- 0118 951 6822
Location: Reading, Henley-on-Thames, Wokingham & London
Qualified as a solicitor: 1988
Partner Sue Dowling is head of our Employment Law team and also a nationally recognised expert in venue licensing. She advises clients from our Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Wokingham offices, as well as remotely.
An advocate by training, Sue specialisies in dealing with complex employment litigation involving unlawful discrimination, with a particular emphasis on mental impairment disability discrimination matters. She also advises employers and senior employees on a wider range of Employment Law issues.
Sue provides strategic Employment Law and HR advice to CEOs, MDs, finance directors and HR directors, assisting them in their business decisions and with a view to minimising the risk of employment litigation.
She frequently assists company clients in handling the restructuring of management tiers/teams and, where necessary, the departure of high-level executives – adopting a business, no-nonsense, pragmatic approach. Sue is an expert in the tax aspects of exiting arrangements (through settlement agreements or otherwise). She also advises clients regarding business immigration matters, including intra-company tier 2 transfers and ‘business visitors’ criteria.
Sue actively participates in the firm's annual programme of events, including Employment Law updates and a mock employment tribunal. She is recommended in the UK's leading guides to law firms, Chambers UK and The Legal 500, and has appeared on BBC Radio as a legal expert.
Through her advocacy training, Sue developed expertise in the field of venue licensing (originally before the Magistrates Court and now before licensing committees). In particular, she advises major sports grounds, entertainment venues and hotels on alcohol and regulated entertainment licensing. She also provides advice in relation to general safety and special safety certification of sports grounds; gambling (including track betting licences); PPL; PRS and wedding licences.
She is often instructed by/works in conjunction with City lawyers when their clients have particular venue licensing requirements.
Sue is an experienced advocate, appearing regularly in committees and employment tribunals, in London and across the country.
Member, Employment Lawyers Association
Member, Immigration Law Practitioners Association
Member, UK Venue Managers Association
Member, The Law Society
College of Law (Guildford), LPC
University of Coventry, LLB (Hons) Business Law
Accreditations & Awards:
Recommended, Chambers UK
Recommended, The Legal 500