Senior Associate


Louise joined the Employment department at Bates Wells Braithwaite in January 2014. She acts for a wide range of national and international charities, educational establishments, regulators and SMEs and also advises individuals. Louise has considerable experience supporting clients with TUPE transfers, effecting large scale restructures, redundancies and making changes to terms and conditions. She regularly assists with complex discriplinary and grievance processes and how these are impacted by safeguarding obligations, parallel criminal proceedings, data protection requirements and public interest disclosures. Louise is a skilled employment tribunal advocate and has significant experience as a legal trainer.

Examples of recent work

  • Advised on the TUPE and employment aspects of the transfer of the four Perry Beeches (PBAT) brokeraged transfers to our client CORE Education Trust
  • Conducted a large scale redundancy consultation process for a Commonwealth organisation
  • Successfully defended a MAT against unfair dismissal and TUPE claims
  • Assisting on a £10million Tribunal claim bought by 80+ claimants
  • Defending a national charity against an appeal to the EAT on religious discrimination
  • Secondment to a healthcare regulator to assist with a restructure
  • Assisting a US client carrying out redundancy consultation at its UK subsidiary
  • Successfully resolving a sexual orientation discrimination claim
  • Securing strike out of an employee status claim at preliminary hearing
  • Successfully resolving a complex disability discrimination claim brought against a national disability charity
  • Advised FM Conway Limited on the employment law aspects of its acquisition of Berkshire Macadams Limited
  • Advised FM Conway Limited on its acquisition of United Asphalt.
  • Advised FM Conway Limited on its acquisition of a minority interest in Toppesfield Ltd

Qualifications and career

  • Kings College London, LLB (Hons) Law
  • BPP Law School, Legal Practice Course
  • Qualified 6 January 2009
  • DLA Piper LLP
  • Gordons LLP
  • Bates Wells Braithwaite

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Trustee and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee of Compass Partnership
  • Executive Committee member of the Industrial Law Society
  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association
  • Advisor for the South West London Law Centre

Employment knowhow from Louise Rea