Just Employment


8 August 2016

Sophie Parris leaves for a new role in London.

13 July 2015

Sophie Parris joins us as our Paralegal, whilst undertaking the LPC Course in Guildford.

1 September 2014

Geoffrey Bignell and Peter Wilford presented a workshop on recruitment to senior managers at the Bevern View Care Home.

Feedback comments included ‘very thorough and informative’ and ‘great stuff – very helpful’.

8 May 2013

Rachel O’Connell and Geoffrey Bignell provided a workshop on employment law for solicitors at Denbies Wine Estate organised by Surrey Law Society.

10 August 2012

Cara Hughes leaves us for a training contract with another law firm.

8 August 2012

Claire Abraham joins us as a paralegal.

25 June 2012

Alex Uden joins us for a week of work experience. Alex did a wide variety of jobs before choosing to become a solicitor. See his Blogs here:



18 June 2012

Emma Robinson joins us for a week of work experience. See her blog here:


24 May 2012

Geoffrey Bignell and Rachel O’Connell attend the Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference in London.

22 May 2012

Just Employment is awarded the coveted ‘Lexcel’ quality accreditation by The Law Society. Less than 10% of legal practices in England and Wales have achieved Lexcel accreditation. Lexcel gives assurance that a practice meets high client care and business management standards. The President of The Law Society, John Wotton, said: “Lexcel acts as a beacon of quality to clients and potential clients alike”.

 1 May 2012

Rachel represented our successful claimant in an employment tribunal remedy hearing, dealing with a whistleblowing claim.

13 April 2012

Helen Phillips attended an employment tribunal Case Management Conference in a class action, where we represent all 27 claimants.

11 April 2012

Rachel O’Connell has settled a disability discrimination tribunal claim for a seven-figure sum for a claimant client; and a sex discrimination claim for a six figure sum.

23 February 2012

In a reserved judgement one of Rachel O’Connell’s cases involving a whistleblower succeeds on all counts including automatically unfair dismissal. Remedy hearing to be held in May.

31 January 2012

One of Rachel O’Connell’s clients is awarded compensation of £85,000 for a disability discrimination claim.

4 January 2012

Geoffrey Bignell is interviewed on BBC Radio Surrey about police convictions.

12 December 2011

Rachel O’Connell represents a claimant at a remedies hearing and secures an award of £45,000 plus £5,000 towards legal costs.

11 November 2011

Helen Phillips settled claims for unlawful deduction from wages, minimum wage and holiday pay on behalf of a care worker.

27-28 October 2011

Rachel O’Connell represented a successful claimant in the London South Employment Tribunal. The Tribunal found that the Claimant suffered pregnancy-related sex discrimination. A remedy hearing is in December.

24 October 2011

Geoffrey Bignell is interviewed by Mark Carter on BBC Radio Surrey about redundancy reorganisations, referring to Epsom NHS proposals.

Rachel O’Connell represents a claimant at mediation, winning a settlement of £44,000.

16 October 2011

A video scripted and presented by Geoffrey Bignell launches an appeal at St Joseph’s Church, Guildford.
The link is www.stjo-guildford.co.uk  

13 October 2011

Geoffrey Bignell presents a seminar at the County Club, Guildford, on ‘Managing Dismissals in a Recession’

2 October 2011

Geoffrey Bignell delivers Surrey Law Society’s ‘Hot Topics in Employment Law’ course at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

29 April 2011

Rachel O’Connell settles an employee’s claim for £152,000 against a construction company

11 August 2011

Cara Hughes joins us as a paralegal.

10 to 12 August 2011

Alice Edwards joins us for work experience.

She writes ‘Thank you for such an interesting few days. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It has really given me an insight into employment law and the legal world in practice. Thank you also for making me feel so welcome!’

14-15 July 2011

Geoffrey Bignell represented the successful claimant, a bank nurse, in London South Employment Tribunal. The Tribunal found that the Claimant was an employee, and not self-employed as the respondent argued. Her claims for unlawful deduction from wages, holiday pay and notice pay were successful.

5 to 8 July 2011

Jo Watson, who was educated at George Abbot School and Exeter University, is with us for  4 days’ work experience. Her thank you card comments: : ‘I have enjoyed a varied and interesting workload and it has been great to experience an efficient firm; passionate and enthusiastic about their work’

12 May 2011

Rachel O’Connell and Karen Bouch inaugurate our new evening Employment Law Clinic for the Surrey Law Centre.

8 May 2011

Geoffrey Bignell visits Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and dines on High Table.

7 May 2011

Geoffrey Bignell presents a paper on employment law to the Law Society’s Conference in Harrogate.

5 May 2011

Geoffrey Bignell presents a half-day workshop to the directors of a manufacturing company in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

3 May 2011

Rachel O’Connell settles an Employment Tribunal claim on behalf of a school for a small fraction of the sum the School’s previous non-solicitor adviser recommended for a settlement.

18 April 2011

Simon Mcllroy, a Graduate Diploma in Law student at BPP Law School in London, joins us for a week’s work experience. See his blog article: www.justemployment.com

23 March 2011

The team meet at Surrey Law Centre to plan free monthly employment law clinics, starting on 12 May.

15/16 March 2011

Rachel O’Connell spends two days shadowing the judges at Reading Employment Tribunal.

8 March 2011

Helen Phillips represents a claimant in a successful judicial mediation at London Central Employment Tribunal.

5 March 2011

Geoff Bignell and Clare McDairmant present at another workshop for GPs on NHS Commissioning and the Health and Social Care Bill 2011 at the Royal College of General Practitioners in London.

2 March 2011

Karen Bouch joins us as a paralegal, whilst completing her LPC course at the College of Law in London.

28 February 2011

The team decides to launch a free monthly employment law clinic at Surrey Law Centre, starting on 12 May.

24 February 2011

Geoff Bignell attends meeting to start an appeal aimed at doubling the income of St Joseph’s RC Church in Guildford.

22 February 2011

James Haley attends a Law Society management course.

16 February 2011

Geoff Bignell visits Kirkpatrick & Hopes, chartered accountants, in Theale, with an ‘onsight visit’ looking at marketing, leadership and people issues.

5 February 2011

Geoff Bignell and Clare McDairmant run three workshops for GPs on NHS Commissioning and the Health and Social Care Bill 2011 at the Royal College of General Practitioners in London.

31 January 2011

Rachel O’Connell represents a claimant at a successful judicial mediation at London Central Employment Tribunal.

27 January 2011

Geoff Bignell and Peter Wilford record videos on ‘Interview Coaching’ and ‘Top 10 Tips for Coping with Redundancy’.

To view the videos click on the below links:



26 January 2011

Geoff Bignell does a live interview with BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey on the topic of the Andy Gray dismissal, direct sex discrimination and harassment.

1 January 2011

Helen Phillips is enrolled as a Solicitor. Congratulation Helen!

Just Employment Offices


St Mary’s Chambers,
59 Quarry Street,
Guildford, Surrey

Tel: 01483 303 636


Kemp House,
152 City Road,

Tel: 0203 326 5000


Werks Central
15-17 Middle Street
Brighton, East Sussex

Tel: 01273 020 796

Wokingham, Reading

2 The Courtyard,
Denmark Street,
Wokingham, Berkshire,
RG40 2AZ

Tel: 01189 639 328