Paula Kathrens

Contact details

07855 752683

029 2068 6213

Paula Kathrens is an expert in her field (health sector) and has great client skills.

Legal 500, 2024

Paula is a partner in the Employment, Pensions, Benefits and Immigration (EPBI) Group, advising key clients in both the public and private sectors including finance services, Welsh Government, further and higher education, housing, health and social care on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law.

Main area of practice

Paula has specific experience in advising clients in relation to employment related litigation at all levels on claims for unfair dismissal, sex, race, age, disability and other discrimination and high value whistleblowing claims. Paula also advises clients on restructures and reorganisations, outsourcing and TUPE.



Paula completed her LL.B Law and Politics degree at Cardiff University before completing her Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice Distinction. Paula qualified as a solicitor in 1997.

Contact details

07855 752683

029 2068 6213


Significant Experience

  • Advised a number of financial institutions on the implementation of the FCA PRA Senior Manager and Certification Regime.
  • Represented a Welsh NHS Trust in a complex and lengthy case involving the dismissal of a consultant, including categorisation of professional/person conduct issues, injunctive action in the High Court and Employment Tribunal proceedings for unfair dismissal, race discrimination, and breach of the Human Rights Act and breach of the Working Time Regulations.
  • Advised a Local Health Board in its successful defence of multiple claims of disability discrimination, race discrimination, discrimination on the grounds of religious belief, unfair dismissal made by a consultant. The case also involved advising in relation to an NCAS assessment and subsequent GMC fitness to practice issues.
  • Led the team on the advice in the Further Education sector on mergers in the sector under the Welsh Government’s Transformation Agenda, including all aspects of legal due diligence, advice on strategy and structure of merger, staff consultation and complex TUPE issues and harmonisation matters post-merger.
  • Represented Higher Education establishments in relation to complex discrimination claims.
  • Advised a number of social housing clients on all employment aspects arising on housing stock transfers from Local Authorities, including consultation, harmonisation and equal pay.
  • Advised an RSL on group structures and employment issues arising from inter group working, non-registered subsidiaries, including secondment advice and advice on shared staff. Advice also covered ensuring compliance with Welsh Government Housing Circulars.

Additional Expertise

Paula was a non executive director of Swansea Building Society for 10 years until her retirement in 2023. She was chair of the remuneration committee (and as such a Senior Manager under SMCR) and had been a member of the audit and risk committees. During that period the total assets under management grew from £225m to £607m, the financial services industry regulation was transformed with SMCR and the FCA consumer Duty.

Paula regularly delivers training programmes and seminars for public and private sector organisations.  She is the Training Principal for the firm and is responsible for our trainees. She is also a trained Menopause Mentor.


"Paula Kathrens is a force to be reckoned with."

Legal 500, 2023

"Paula Kathrens is pragmatic and responsive and always balances legal risk with reality of business needs."

Legal 500, 2022

"She is excellent, professional and well-versed."

Chambers and Partners, 2019

Insights by Paula


31 January - Paula Kathrens

In a surprise announcement on Monday 29 January, the Government launched a consultation exercise on introducing fees in the Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal. Strictly speaking, that should be...

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10 January - Paula Kathrens

Hold on to your hats! Unlike the previous few years, we have a vast amount of new employment legislation coming into effect in 2024. Due to the ever-changing nature of...

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14 November - Paula Kathrens

Keeping up to date with employment law and best practice is crucial for effective management and workforce planning. Lawyers and in-house lawyers have a key role in this regard, writes...

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