Richard Lozano, Head of Employment
Richard is Head of the Employment Department and has worked for UnionLine since its inception in 2014. Before UnionLine he worked on a Legal Aid funded contract and has extensive experience of claimant employment law since 2007. He qualified as a solicitor in 2012.
Jennifer Walker, Solicitor
Jennifer is a senior solicitor with 20 years’ pre and post qualification experience in employment and discrimination law. She attained a first-class law degree and has worked at a number of high-profile law firms. Jennifer has spent her career conducting high value and complex cases on behalf of claimants including various trade unions and their members. At UnionLine she completes legal assessments and conducts individual and group litigation on all aspects of employment law.
Irfana Abbasi, Solicitor
Irfana is a Solicitor who specialises in Employment Law. Irfana has extensive experience in working with Trade Unions and both advising and representing Union members in relation to Employment Tribunal claims. As part of her role within the Employment Team, Irfana undertakes legal assessments, provides legal advice across a range of employment areas and complexities and litigates cases in the Employment Tribunal.
Lousise Brennan, Solicitor
Louise qualified as a solicitor in July 2010 following completing a law degree at the University of Durham in 2005 and the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, York in 2006. She re-joined Unionline in June 2021 after previously working for the firm from 2015-2020. Louise also has experience of specialising in representing Claimants in employment law matters under the legal help scheme.
Louise currently carries out assessments of the merits of employment law cases and represents union members in Employment Tribunal claims in all areas of employment law including unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.
Adele Dethick, Solicitor
Adele is a qualified solicitor with over 25 years’ experience in employment law and tribunal litigation. Adele has extensive experience of advising and representing clients in matters such as unfair dismissal, terms and conditions of employment, breach of contract, unlawful deductions of wages, whistle blowing and discrimination (including particularly complex disability discrimination clams), and TUPE.
Sian Summers, Employment Paralegal
Sian joined Unionline in June 2020 as a legal advisor on the employment helpline while graduating from the University of Birmingham after studying her LLB with Business Studies. She has a range of employment experience from working in different firms and employment tribunals across the UK.
Sian currently works as a paralegal in the employment team. She currently assists the employment team and offers advice on the helpline on a range of employment tribunal matters to Union members and Legal Officers. She also is part of the employment vetting team, where she undertakes assessment on the reasonable prospect of success for Union member’s claims.
Diarmuid Deeney, Solicitor
After completing an LL.B. at Queens University Belfast, Diarmuid was awarded a scholarship from the Council of Europe to study at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg. After study at the Legal Institute in Belfast he qualified as a Solicitor in Northern Ireland in 1983 and also was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1990.
Diarmuid has extensive experience of litigation in the High Court, County Court and Court of Appeal. He is an experienced tribunal advocate and has appeared in Employment Tribunals throughout the UK and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. A keen linguist Diarmuid has also conducted litigation in several EU jurisdictions and Switzerland. Diarmuid manages our Settlement Agreement team and also looks after Unionline business in Northern Ireland.
Jonah Ddungu, Settlement Agreements Advisor
Jonah joined Unionline in May 2014 after working as an ACAS Helpline Advisor. He began his Unionline career as a Senior Legal Advisor on the previous general legal advice line and then progressed to assessing Employment Tribunal claims. In October 2014, Jonah obtained his current position of Settlement Agreements Advisor. He advises members on the terms and effect of their settlement agreements. Also, he drafts and proposes amendments to settlement agreements which he negotiates with employers on behalf of members.
Jonah graduated from the University of Sheffield with an LLB (Hons) Law Degree. In addition, he completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Sheffield.
Nicola Roe, Employment Solicitor
Nicola joined Unionline in August 2016 after five years at a local law firm. Nicola has over 11 years’ experience in Employment law acting predominantly for Claimant’s in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Her experience includes advising Client’s on settlement agreements, unfair dismissal and discrimination matters.
Vanessa Whitbread, Solicitor
Vanessa has worked in employment law for over 14 years and has been qualified as a solicitor for 11 years. Vanessa has represented both employees and employers across a variety of industries.