Philippa Wood is a solicitor with many years’ experience advising on all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment law. Her clients include individuals and companies of all sizes from entrepreneurs to global brands. Philippa qualified as a solicitor in 2005 after working for 13 years in the media, most notably being part of the start-up team for two national cable television stations in the 1980s and 90s. This business experience has been invaluable to Philippa, whose clients appreciate her practical approach to employment situations. Philippa forwent city firms in favour of the hands-on training and experience of a small, boutique, West End firm, Collins Benson Goldhill, where she spent eight years advising clients on the full range of contentious and non–contentious employment issues, followed by eight years as a partner level consultant solicitor at Keystone Law. Coupled with her business background, Philippa has developed the skills to be able to cut through any issue presented to her, has developed an expertise in negotiating settlements as favourably to the client as possible before the need for issuing proceedings arises, and summarises and advises on the full range of employment issues: defending all types of discrimination claims including maternity, stress & bullying; unfair and wrongful dismissal; directors’ disputes; whistleblowing; agents and agency regulations; redundancy, restructuring and outsourcing including TUPE claims; remedies hearings and contributory costs; collective bargaining; arranging and heading up employer and employee training days and sessions; drafting executive service, consultancy and fixed term and permanent contracts of employment, staff handbooks and sickness policies; advising on how to implement service provision changes; flexible working and statutory leave requests; and employee monitoring and data protection issues.