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Gillian is a Managing Associate in the employment team at Ward Hadaway.

Gillian is a trusted employment and immigration specialist who has particular interest in education and immigration who works with a wide range of public, private and third sector clients.


Gillian’s significant experience includes:

  • Employment contracts, collective terms and conditions and policies and procedures
  • Negotiations with both unionised and non-unionised workforces in respect of proposals to change terms and conditions of employment
  • Collective redundancies in the context of a phased restructure of a medical manufacturing and supplier client
  • Equal pay audits
  • Unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, whistleblowing, TUPE, failure to collectively consult and discrimination claims at the Employment Tribunal
  • Equal pay litigation at the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal
  • Enforcement of judgments made in respect of both remedy and costs in favour of her clients at the Employment Tribunal
  • Settlement agreements for high earning employees, dealing with less usual provisions for repatriation and accrued benefits under annual incentive plans and equity award schemes
  • Right to work checks, sponsor licence applications and renewals, and the roles and responsibilities of key personnel
  • Compliant resident labour market tests
  • Requests for information from the UKVI
  • The UK’s new immigration system
  • The EU Settlement Scheme
  • The Frontier Worker Permit
  • Advising non-EEA nationals and their families on their visa options to enter or remain in the UK, to include Global Talent Visa endorsement applications, extension of spousal visas and switching between visa categories

What people say

  • Gillian Burns is also a key contact, her advice is clear and direct whilst always looking to find the most effective solution.

    Legal 500

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