About Sunley Solicitors
Sunley Solicitors was set up by Carmel Sunley to offer clients specialist legal advice, delivered personally by an experienced lawyer, at reasonable costs. In delivering this bespoke service, Carmel aims to build long-lasting business relationships with her clients whereupon she can provide proactive and not simply reactive legal advice.
Carmel is a qualified Solicitor in both the UK and Australia and an accredited Mediator
Carmel has specialised in the practice of employment law for over 20 years acting for both employees and employers. Throughout this time she has also lectured at a leading UK University and written numerous articles on the subject of employment law. She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, the Industrial Law Society and the Association of Women Solicitors.
Carmel commenced her career as an in-house employment lawyer for George Wimpey PLC where for many years she acted for the whole of the Wimpey group of companies throughout the UK dealing with the full range of employment issues that arose in respect of 13, 000 employees.
From working in a senior capacity in-house, Carmel then moved to private practice where she became a partner and head of department for the law firm Steeles LLP in London.
Carmel also undertakes pro bono work for the Kent Law Clinic at the University of Kent where in collaboration with the University’s lawyers and law under-graduates she is part of a network of employment law specialists across the county who offer pro bono services to the local community as part of a conscious movement towards access to justice.
Carmel’s broad commercial experience has led to her being instructed by PLCs, Charities, NGO’s, a national Trade Union, NHS Trusts, SMEs, directors, senior executives, employees and self-employed contractors across the full range of employment law matters.
Carmel is an experienced advocate having represented parties across the full range of employment disputes at Employment Tribunals throughout the Country and at the Employment Appeal Tribunal in London Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Carmel advises on the full range of human resources and employment law issues including the following:
• Drafting contracts of employment, policies, procedures and employee handbooks
• Directors service agreements
• Self-employed contractor agreements and atypical worker agreements
• Recruitment and screening procedures
• Illegal workers and obtaining work permitsv
• Data protection
• Disciplinary and grievance issues
• Managing employees in the workplace
• Business re-organisations and restructurings
• Mergers and acquisitions
• Information and consultation obligations
• Dealing with industrial disputes with Trade Unions
• Restrictive covenants and protecting confidential information and trade secrets
• Unfair dismissal and staff exits
• Settlement (compromise) agreements
• Workplace mediation
• Training in employment law for managers of people in business.