Debra Cottam

Principal Associate - Employment Law

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"I am an employment lawyer with over 20 years’ experience of advising on all aspects of employment law”

I am a Principal Associate in the employment team, having joined Higgs in February 2006. Prior to joining Higgs I was an associate in another large regional law firm.

I have been advising on all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious, for over 20 years.

I am particularly experienced in the drafting of contracts of employment and HR policies and procedures. I advise clients on day-to-day HR issues including disciplinary, grievance and performance management, redundancy, discrimination and atypical working.  I have expertise in managing Employment Tribunal litigation and I regularly train clients on all HR and employment related matters.

I am a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

  • Successfully defending employment tribunal proceedings for unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and disability discrimination.
  • Providing in-house bespoke training courses tailored to client needs/sector.
  • Securing a large compensation/exit payment under a settlement agreement for a senior member of a large organisation.
  • Providing ongoing advice to a number of regional, national and multi-national companies in all aspects of their employment and HR needs, including day to day employee management.

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"extremely professional and supportive during, what was for me, a very difficult time”

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