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Jennifer Walker, Head of Employment

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. Jennifer heads up the employment department at UnionLine which oversees 4 distinct teams providing employment law services to Union members.


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.


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.


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.