Carmel Sunley offers advice on your employment rights including assistance in the following areas:
- Negotiating a new contract of employment with restrictive covenants and lengthy notice periods
- Facing a disciplinary hearing and/or raising a grievance
- Bullying, stress at work and/or unlawful discrimination claims
- Disability discrimination and ill health claims
- Whistle blowing
- Negotiating exit packages
- Settlement (Compromise) Agreements
- Bringing a complaint to the Employment Tribunal
- Mediation in the workplace
Carmel was recommended to me by a colleague (also a trained and highly experienced legal professional) to help me with an ongoing and increasingly stressful dispute with my employer. While I attended our initial appointment convinced that my situation was unresolvable and that I would somehow just have to learn to put up with it, Carmel quickly and accurately assessed the facts of my case and, much to my surprise and relief, reassured me that I did have options.
Despite only conversing for an hour, I came away from this meeting fully informed of my employment rights and the routes available to me and, for the first time in many months, I slept well that night. With Carmel’s expert guidance and support, I have since left my employer and referred the dispute to an Employment Tribunal and, though the process has been difficult and often delayed by the ongoing pandemic, she has supported me as I have required throughout. Despite now working in Australia and with a busy workload, Carmel always responds promptly to my emails and provides me with the guidance and reassurance I need to manage my case and, even in the darkest times, keep going.
Her professionalism, sage advice and kindness has bolstered me through one of the most difficult periods of my life and, without her, I would not be where I am now. She has given me the courage to stand my ground and work towards a favourable outcome and I will remain eternally grateful to her for all she has done for me. I would certainly use Carmel again, if I ever encountered another employment issue, and would not hesitate in wholeheartedly recommending her.
Clara Heath, January 2022
Carmel has been very helpful dealing with my case. She is a professional and very knowledgeable at what she does. Without her help I would not have been able to resolve my case. I would highly recommend her to everyone.
I previously spent 8 years working in the employment law sector and I can honestly say that Carmel is the best Solicitor I’ve met. I saw her with my daughter, regarding workplace issues, specifically Disability Discrimination and Constructive Dismissal. In all our dealings with Carmel, she remained professional, explained everything fully and in simple terms whilst retaining both empathy and a realistic outlook. She has an unbelievable ability to digest vast amounts of information in a short space of time and subsequently compose impactful letters. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Carmel and Sunley Solicitors and my daughter and I cannot thank her enough.
“Finding yourself needing an Employment Lawyer is an unusual experience for most of us but, when you do, it is important that they are the right one for you and Carmel Sunley is very keen to take the time to get to know and to understand her clients, which I found to be helpful and important.
Carmel also patiently explained all the jargon and was more than happy to discuss options with me, whilst constantly listening to my thoughts and being open to my feelings.
I was very grateful that Carmel’s extensive knowledge and experience was available to me. She works in an area that can be full of emotion and yet her calm professionalism provided me with great support and comfort at what could have been a difficult time.
I am happy that, with her behind me, I have achieved the result that suits me best going forward.”