Holly Cudbill Associate

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“Associate Holly Cudbill ‘understands clients’ needs.”

Legal 500 2016
Holly is an experienced employment lawyer who uses her technical expertise and academic legal knowledge to find pragmatic and commercial solutions for clients.

Main areas of practice

Holly works in all areas of employment law, including contentious and non-contentious, as well as working with our Corporate team on the employment aspects of sales and acquisitions. Holly's particular areas of expertise include:

  • Handling Employment Tribunal cases from initiation of proceedings through to hearings, including preparation of responses, witness statements and bundles of documents and conducting settlement negotiations. Holly has particular expertise in discrimination, unfair dismissal and employment status claims.
  • Carrying out due diligence and advising SMEs and large multi-national companies on drafting and negotiating employment-related terms in BPAs, SPAs and warranties in corporate acquisitions.
  • Providing day-to-day advice on employment relations, including managing sickness absence, performance improvement, dealing with disciplinary matters and grievances.


Holly acts for all types of employers, from family-run and owner-managed businesses to SMEs and global organisations with tens of thousands of employees.  Holly has a particular expertise in the media sector and has also worked with employers in the private and third sectors, along with schools and housing associations. 

Significant experience

  • Successfully defending the most-visited English-language news website in the world against claims of unfair dismissal, race discrimination and harassment on the grounds of race, including conducting the advocacy over the 4 day Hearing.
  • Advising a well-known international app-based food delivery organisation on the decision to close a subsidiary, including attending the premises on-site for three days in order to liaise with the appointed administrator, employees and delivery agents.
  • Carrying out a full redundancy collective consultation with 65+ employees of an independent school, including holding staff meetings with all employees, three rounds of consultation with representatives of 5 trade unions and handling all communications.  No claims were issued against the employer.
  • Successfully defending a regional newspaper against claims of constructive dismissal, sex discrimination and sexual harassment.  The case was reported in national newspapers.

Other expertise

  • Holly prepares and delivers seminars and provides training to companies in-house and is consistently rated as excellent by attendees. 
  • Holly has specific experience in Data Protection, having previously held the role of Data Protection Officer; liaising with HR and staff and providing training to ensure compliance with Data Protection.
  • Holly is experienced in practical HR having working as in-house employment and HR support, so she is used to implementing her own advice and conducting difficult meetings with employees.
  • Holly has appeared on various BBC television and radio programmes to provide expert commentary on employment law related news stories.

“Holly Cudbill is noted for her expertise in unfair dismissals, diversity and discrimination issues, employment contracts and compromise agreements. Clients appreciate her "pragmatic, straightforward advice with a clear focus on the business requirements.”

Chambers & Partners UK 2015


Articles by Holly

GDPR one week to go…are you GDPR-compliant when it comes to your own staff?


Whilst many organisations have focussed on what the GDPR means for customer/client/supplier data from 25 May, have you taken the right actions with regard to your staff?

When will an employee working abroad be protected by UK employment laws?


Holly Cudbill, Associate in our Employment Law team, discusses the recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case of Green v SIG Trading.

Do sleep-in shifts qualify for the minimum wage?


In HR Magazine, Holly Cudbill, considers the vexed question of whether employees who undertake sleep-in shifts are entitled to the national minimum wage (NMW) throughout the entire time they are asleep, or only when they are awake to carry out duties.

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