Katherine Cooke

Senior Associate - Employment Law

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"I am an employment lawyer acting for both employees and employers in a variety of workplace disputes, day to day HR matters and litigation.”

I joined Higgs in December 2018, becoming a senior associate in 2021. Prior to joining Higgs, I trained and qualified at another large regional law firm, being admitted to the roll in 2013.

I have been advising on all contentious and non-contentious aspects of employment law for the past decade. Typically, I assist employer clients with day to day HR issues, including management of disciplinary and grievance hearings, redundancy processes, sickness absence management, TUPE issues, negotiated exits and data protection issues relating to employee data. I also draft and deliver training to employees on a variety of employment and data protection issues.

I am experienced in both bringing and defending employment tribunal litigation and ACAS Early Conciliation negotiations.

I also assist employees in raising grievances, negotiating exits and submitting data subject access requests and exercise of other data protection rights.

I am recognised as a key lawyer by the Legal 500.

  • Securing a significant settlement for a client of their whistleblowing claims.
  • Assisting a client in the successful defence of a sexual harassment and victimisation claim.
  • Advising and drafting employee data protection notices covering the processing of employee personal data and special category personal data.
  • Drafting detailed contracts of employment reflecting obligations for employees operating in a regulated industry.
  • Assisting a client on the successful resolution of a redundancy consultation exercise.
  • Drafting and delivering training to client staff on equal opportunities and how to manage disciplinary processes.

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Favourite book

Pride and Prejudice

Favourite place

Traigh Beach


Employment Lawyers Association and Higgs LLP Green Champion


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"Great service from Katherine with an employment issue that needed to be dealt with quickly. She was thorough and utterly professional throughout the process and follow up"

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