Senior Employment Solicitor
I provide clear, pragmatic and timely advice, enabling you to move on with the best outcome and as smoothly as possible. I have also co-authored the book ‘Employment Law Practice: Strategies for Success.
About Harriet Bowtell
Being badly treated at work can be an incredibly difficult time making you feel isolated and at times vulnerable. I am passionate about making sure that people understand their employment rights and their options to try and resolve their situation. I am an expert in employment law with 17 years’ experience of helping individuals, and previously employers, with workplace issues.
I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual and so I am genuinely interested in the outcome you want to achieve and will help you build a road map to reach it. I provide clear, pragmatic and timely advice, enabling you to move on with the best outcome and as smoothly as possible.
I can help guide you through any process with your employer to find a resolution or if one can’t be reached, with a legal claim. However, I will always try and avoid litigation and the time, stress and cost which that can involve. Most situations do result in a settlement and I will therefore help you secure the best possible compensation package. I find a reasoned and measured approach whilst being tenacious and firm to be effective at resolving workplace disputes.
I have particular expertise in unfair dismissal and redundancy, negotiating exits (settlement agreements), discrimination (particularly pregnancy/maternity and sex discrimination) and post termination restrictive covenants. However, I can advise on any areas of employment law, including reviewing a new employment contract you may be entering into.
I have written many articles, given presentations and commentated in the media providing legal advice about employee rights at work on a variety of employment law issues. I am co-author of the book ‘Employment Law Practice: Strategies for Success’ published in September 2009. I am also a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and sit on their Training Committee.
Notable cases/Key achievements
- Achieving a settlement of a maternity/sex discrimination tribunal claim of several hundred thousand pounds for a female senior executive who was made redundant on return from maternity leave.
- Resolving by way of mediation a disability discrimination claim for a senior executive who was denied opportunities due to his medical condition, avoiding the stress of further litigation.
- Advising on hundreds of settlement agreements over many years often achieving a significantly better outcome for my client than the original offer made – with minimal time and fuss.
- Acting for a former senior executive of Chelsea Football club in both high court and employment tribunal proceedings following his dismissal, settling with a six figure sum.
- Winning a high court claim for breach of contract for a senior civil servant in relation to contractual redundancy pay entitlement.
- Monaco solicitors: Senior Associate Solicitor, June 2018 – Present
- Slater and Gordon Lawyers: Solicitor then Partner, September 2006 – June 2018
- DLA Piper: Professional Support Lawyer, 2005-2006
- Stephenson Harwood: Trainee then Solicitor, 1999 - 2004
More about Harriet Bowtell
Harriet cowrote this book
What our clients say…
"She knew exactly what needed to be done"
Harriet was incredibly understanding and helpful from the first phone call. She managed to demonstrate her knowledge in terms of my case quickly and without elongating the process. Every point throughout my case, she knew exactly what needed to be done and clearly communicated this without having to increase the amount of time and, therefore, costs I would incur. I'm incredibly grateful to Harriet for help and so glad that I instructed her to work on my behalf. Monaco are great because they do not look at your case in terms of how much money they can receive but actually only the minimum time it would take to achieve success. Thank you Harriet - I will definitely use again and/or recommend her and the company to anyone I know! All the best :)
"An absolute pleasure to work with"
It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Harriet Bowtell. She made a very difficult situation (negotiating my exit from a company) easier to manage and negotiated a great settlement for me. She valued my opinion, listened to me and together we worked towards a resolution that I am very happy with, and most of all she understood how mentally exhausting going through past events was for me. I recommend her highly.
"Harriet is highly efficient and always to the point"
I turned to Harriet Bowtell, of Monaco Solicitors, for legal advice on a redundancy settlement proposal. Harriet is very accommodating towards her clients, an excellent communicator, highly efficient and always to the point. Her expertise on settlement processes and negotiations provided the legal guidance and support I so evidently needed through all phases. As a result, I came out on significantly better terms than what I had initially expected - all thanks to Harriet and the exceptional service I received. To anyone seeking an employment law specialist, I would highly recommend Harriet Bowtell and Monaco Solicitors.
"Harriet surpassed expectations"
From our first call on my redundancy case, Harriet Bowtell gave me great peace of mind that this chapter in my work life could be firmly shut, with no regrets. Monaco Solicitors' website makes lots of promises, yet Harriet surpassed expectations. She took in quite a bit of written detail and talked with me to boil it down to a simple strategy. She responded swiftly and fully to every communication, often outside of 9-5. All told she doubled my ex gratia amount, smoothly handling an emotional counter party. I can't thank Harriet enough for her dedication and positive results.
"I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to others"
Harriet Bowtell gave me fantastic support - from an initial 10 minute short sharp clear piece of advice right through to guiding me through the formal process of negotiating an agreement. She was prompt and clear in all her dealings and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to others. (In fact I already have recommended her!)
"Harriet Bowtell was absolute fantastic in handling my case"
Harriet Bowtell was absolute fantastic in handling my case. From the first initial phone call, she was professional yet caring and empathetic about my situation and went well beyond to obtain a very good result in what were difficult circumstances. Harriet is an extremely talented employment lawyer who fully understands her specialism yet has a definite human touch, and for that she comes highly recommended. As a whole, the experience with Monaco solicitors was first rate and their website contains no end of useful information to help you understand what can be a very difficult and traumatic experience when face with a settlement agreement.