Sarah Peacock Partner

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Contact Details

“Sarah Peacock is commended for her detailed advice in the education sector and is also a prominent name in the charity, retail and leisure areas. One client comments: "Sarah understands our organisation and ethos; she responds very quickly to any initial query and assists with putting a time-frame in place to assist us with working through issues such as a settlement agreement."”

Chambers and Partners 2019
Sarah has practised exclusively in the field of employment law since 2000 and specialises in all aspects, including health and safety, offering comprehensive and pragmatic commercial advice. Sarah is a supervisor of Employment Tribunal work amongst other matters.

Main areas of practice

Sarah advises on all areas of employment law, contentious and non-contentious.  She regularly advises on business restructuring, changes to terms and conditions of employment, redundancy and reorganisations. 

Sarah also plays an active role in the firm's Retail and leisure sector and Charity sector.

Clients

She represents a wide range of employers in private, public and charity sectors.

Significant experience

Vigil: Sarah is the partner with responsibility for the firm's employment law risk management service, Vigil, that provides HR support to a broad range of clients for a fixed price.

Other expertise

Employment tribunals: Particular expertise in employment tribunal claims and is an experienced advocate. Her first career in healthcare has given her valuable insight into and understanding of disability discrimination and psychiatric injury claims.  Sarah has been praised, not only for her attention to detail and outstanding cross examination, but also for the support she provides to her clients and their witnesses throughout. 

Seminars/training: provides in-house training to clients and is a regular presenter at seminars.

“She is very responsive, well informed and looks for solutions that work best for organisations.”

Chambers UK 2018

Expertise

Articles by Sarah

Self-employed "worker" entitled to 13 years' backdated holiday pay for untaken leave

Article

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled in the case of King v Sash Windows & another that a "self-employed" salesman who established worker status is able to claim holiday pay...

Monitoring private messages

Article

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has reversed its decision that an employer was permitted to read an employee's private communications on a work messenger account.

Employment Tribunal compensation changes

News

We look at some changes to ET compensation, including a recent ruling that "a week's pay" incorporates an employer's pension contributions, potentially affecting redundancy payments, amongst others.

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