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.
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 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.