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Partner and General Counsel
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Beth Hale is a Partner specialising in Employment and Partnership law and also acts as General Counsel for the firm.

Beth is extremely well-regarded and has a particular strength in explaining and simplifying complex legal concepts. Valued by clients for her ability to give “clear and succinct advice” (Chambers and Partners), she has significant experience advising employers and employees on all aspects of employment law. Beth provides day to day advice on HR and management issues, including drafting contracts and restrictive covenants, managing sickness absence, disciplinary and grievance procedures, whistleblowing issues and performance management. She has extensive experience advising corporate clients on the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and outsourcings, including frequently in relation to cross-border issues involving multiple jurisdictions. Beth is often instructed in relation to senior departures by both senior executives and employers. She is also experienced in representing clients in litigation in both the Employment Tribunal and the High Court.

In addition, Beth advises partners, partnerships, LLP members and LLPs on a wide range of issues including partner exits, discrimination, whistleblowing, expulsion and enforcement of restrictive covenants.

She has advised clients in a number of sectors, including financial services, rail, charitable, retail and hospitality, accountancy and legal.

In her role as General Counsel for the firm, Beth is responsible for ensuring technical excellence at the firm and manages training and knowhow as well as compliance. She regularly prepares and delivers training to clients and colleagues in relation to a wide range of issues and also provides training on behalf of the Employment Lawyers’ Association.

Beth also serves on the Advisory Board of the Rights of Women Sexual Harassment at Work legal advice line for women.

Beth was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in February 2004.

Chambers and Partners UK 2022 
ranked Beth in Band 3 for Employment (Senior Executive) and as a “Notable Pracitioner” in both Employment (Senior Executive) and Employment (Employer). She is clear, she is sensible in her advice and she is calm.” “She has built a reputation as a thought leader in employment.”

Legal 500 UK 2022 
recommended Beth as a “Key Lawyer” in  both Employment (Employers) and Employment (Senior Executives). Beth Hale is also an extremely talented lawyer – she has a no-nonsense straightforward approach with clients and always goes the extra mile to get things done. Again, a very knowledgeable and approachable individual to work with.’ She is also described as “…absolutely skilled and intelligent.” 

Beth is recommended as a “Global Leader” by Who’s Who Legal Labour and Employment 2021.

Chambers and Partners UK 2021 ranked Beth as Band 3 for Employment (Senior Executive) and is described as “absolutely excellent”, “fantastically knowledgeable and always able to see the bigger picture” and “very responsive.”

Legal 500 2021 Recommended Lawyer
Legal 500 UK 2021 recognises Beth as a “Key Lawyer” for Employment (Senior Executive).

Beth was noted for her Partnership (Contentious) work by Legal 500 2020. Beth was also recommended as a “Global Leader” by Who’s Who Legal Labour and Employment 2020.

Beth Hale’s client skills are great and she is sharp and bright. (Legal 500 UK 2021)

  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Employment Law Committee of The Law Society
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Rights of Women Sexual Harassment at Work Legal Advice Line