David was an employment lawyer with DAC Beachcroft LLP prior to setting up Workforce Relations Services in 2011. In addition to his 10 years at the employment law coalface, David is an accomplished trainer, has conducted a wide range of complex and sensitive workplace investigations across a variety of sectors, and has worked in partnership with both employers and law firms on a broad portfolio of HR projects, including large-scale restructuring, redundancy and TUPE exercises.
He has experience across a range of public and private sectors, with particularly extensive experience of working with NHS employers. David was the Employment Lawyers Association representative in the South West from 2009 until 2012.
Felicity has 10 years experience as an employment lawyer, having trained with Osborne Clarke and spent a number of years at Veale Wasbrough Vizards, latterly as a Senior Associate. As a lawyer, Felicity worked with clients to deliver on their strategic human resource management objectives. She regularly provided clients with HR project support and has a wealth of experience of crafting and delivering learning and development programmes, notably the Safer Recruitment Training Programme in response to DCSF statutory guidance arising from the Bichard inquiry into recruitment practices and procedures in education settings. This programme has been delivered nationally to over 500 independent schools. Felicity has experience across a range of sectors, with a particular focus on education and local authority clients.
As an Associate at Veale Wasbrough Vizards, Rachel provided advice to clients, particularly those within the education and charity sectors, across the full range of employment law issues, including strategic restructuring processes involving collective redundancies and TUPE transfers. Since joining Workforce Relations Services she has successfully conducted a number of sensitive and demanding investigations.
Alison is an experienced barrister but acts solely as a mediator, mentor and trainer for us. She studied law at Bristol University between 1993 and 1996 before going on to complete an LLM in Commercial Law, specialising in employment. In 2000 Alison joined Queen Square Chambers in Bristol where she has developed her practice as a barrister in the fields of family and employment law.
Alison is accredited as a Mediator by the London School of Mediation and is therefore trained in facilitative mediation. She is on the Bar Council List of Mediators.
A creative and flexible thinker with a great deal of insight, Alison has used both her personal and professional experience to develop the C.L.E.A.R Process, a transformative dispute resolution model. She has the ability to bring a greater level of understanding and awareness to people at times of crisis. Although participants will find her supportive and non-judgemental, she does not shy away from asking some tough questions if this is what is needed to help move things on.