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Sophie Whitbread, Senior Associate at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Employment, Technology, Charities


Sophie has specialised in employment law since qualifying as a solicitor in 2002. She joined the firm in 2012 and advises a wide range of employers, including in particular those in the education and technology sectors. She provides commercial and pragmatic advice on day-to-day employment matters, including redundancies and restructuring, TUPE, restrictive covenants and discrimination.

On the contentious side, Sophie has considerable experience in employment tribunals as well as in the appellate courts and High Court, advising on terminations, discrimination and contractual disputes. Sophie also provides advice to senior employees, and has negotiated significant settlement agreements for a number of individual clients.

She is recognised by both Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession and The Legal 500, in which she is described by her clients as 'extremely efficient and punctual' and 'clear in her communication, extremely diligent and very timely'.

Recent work highlights

  • Representing a broadcast journalist in the High Court to recover significant damages in a claim against his former employer for a failure to award him an equity stake in the company.
  • Advising a firm of accountants on all aspects of a redundancy exercise, providing relevant documentation and advice at every stage of the process.
  • Providing advice to an employer client on a potentially significant TUPE and discrimination claim, resulting in the claim being settled to the advantage of the employer.

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