Senior Employment Solicitor
I understand that engaging in discussions with an employer can be very stressful. I draw on 15 years of employment law experience to redress the power imbalance between my client and their employer to help them achieve their desired outcome.
About Garvey Hanchard
I have practised as a solicitor for over 15 years, specialising in employment law. In that time, I have acted for a wide range of clients, across a number of sectors, from international, national and household-name companies to SME’s, senior executives and employees. Now, acting exclusively for individuals at Monaco Solicitors, I am able to draw on my extensive experience working for organisations to be able to understand how best to navigate through negotiations with them to achieve the best outcomes for clients.
I am a strong believer in alternative dispute resolution and achieving solutions without having to resort to contentious employment tribunal or court proceedings, where possible. I am an accredited workplace mediator with experience both in chairing mediations and representing parties in a mediation setting.
Whilst the primary goal of negotiation is to avoid tribunal proceedings, there will be occasions where litigation is necessary, and I have extensive advocacy experience representing clients in employment and professional regulation tribunals.
I understand that engaging in discussions with employers about your employment can be a very stressful time, particularly as you are unlikely to have the same experience of similar situations as your employer will have or their resources. Instructing an experienced solicitor can help to redress that imbalance and provide confidence, and I will always try to be available and responsive to my clients and work with them to best achieve their desired outcomes.
I have lectured extensively on employment law matters to clients, companies, HR professionals, academic institutions and to other legal professionals.
Notable cases/Key achievements
- Providing legal and strategic advice on the employment aspects of a phase change in a major rail development programme across London
- Acting for the head physio at a Premier League football club in a contentious exit, and successfully negotiating a severance package
- Acting successfully in an IT consultancy firm dispute in a £1.7 million constructive dismissal, breach of contract (shares) claim
- Acting in a train operating company dispute, successfully defending a multiple-claimant claim about overtime rates of pay
- Successfully acting in a high profile race discrimination / harassment claim against a police authority
- Monaco Solicitors: Senior Associate Solicitor, August 2018 – Present
- Bircham Dyson Bell LLP: Senior Associate Solicitor, 2008 – 2018
- Chartered Institute of Legal Services: Director of Legal Services (Secondment), 2014
- Pannone LLP (now Slater & Gordon): Employment Solicitor, 2004 – 2007
- Goodman Derrick LLP: Trainee Solicitor then Employment Solicitor, 2001 – 2004
- Hogan Lovells: Litigation Paralegal, 2001
What our clients say…
"Going up against a big corporate company alone would have been hard but Monaco really helped"
Monaco Solicitors really helped me with my case, after the initial assessment and review they advised the course of actions and detailed steps. Going up against a big corporate company alone would have been hard but Monaco really helped me through the process to obtain what was the right outcome.
"I could not have asked for a better experience from Garvey Hanchard"
I could not have asked for a better experience from Garvey Hanchard, thank you. Garvey often worked late into the evening to meet tight constraints I had in my case, especially at the beginning and clearly acted in my interest at all times, providing excellent advise and pragmatism the ultimately resulted in a great outcome. I would recommend Monaco Solicitor every time.
"Monaco Solicitors, in particular Garvey Hanchard, were a huge help to me- they were professional and efficient.
Monaco Solicitors, in particular Garvey Hanchard, were a huge help to me- they were professional and efficient. I'm glad I was put in contact with them and would use them again in a heartbeat.
"not once did I have to repeat myself during subsequent conversations"
I had the great pleasure of dealing with Monaco solicitors, namely Garvey Hanchard. He made a very stressful situation much easier to deal with. He listened to what I had to say and not once did I have to repeat myself during subsequent conversations. He understood what had happened and advised accordingly, I would definitely recommend these solicitors to resolve employment issues.
"Garvey went above and beyond listening to and considering the information that we provided him"
Garvey Hanchard took time to consider a problem that a member of my family had regarding workplace bullying arising out of a whistle blowing incident. Garvey went above and beyond listening to and considering the information that we provided him with and made suggestions about the best way forward, and what was in my relatives interest. Prior to speaking to Garvey, I was extremely mistrustful of solicitors. I was really surprised by his approach and my faith has been restored! Based on our experience with Monaco Solicitors, I’d say that they are an ‘ethical’ organisation and a firm that you can trust. In my opinion, when you’re ringing around for help, make Monaco Solicitors your first choice.
"Under extreme circumstances at times, Garvey remained focus and was always there for a call."
I have to say from the first telephone conversation with Garvey, he was able to let me speak freely about the situation without any pressure or time constraints. Over the course of the next 5 weeks Garvey gave me valuable insight into the process and gave me confidence to stand up for what we considered a fair settlement, after over 10 years of service with one company. Under extreme circumstances at times, Garvey remained focus and was always there for a call. I was kept upto date with how negotiations were going and I was very pleased with the outcome. This could have been a period of long uncertainty but Garvey helped immensely to reach the right conclusion for me and I am very grateful for this.