Partner, Employment Law & Venue Licensing
- 0118 951 6822
Location: Reading & 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.
An advocate by training, Sue deals primarily with complex employment litigation involving unlawful discrimination, with particular emphasis on mental impairment disability discrimination matters. She advises employers and senior employees and is recommended in the UK's leading guides to law firms, The Legal 500 and Chambers UK.
Sue provides strategic employment law/HR advice to CEOs, MD's, 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.
She actively participates in the firm's annual programme of events, including an Employment law seminar and mock employment tribunal. She 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.
Sue's expertise is recognised by her clients and peers in The Legal 500 and Chambers UK, with the latter naming her a 'leading individual' in the field.
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