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Diarmuid Deeney, Solicitor, (Also admitted in Northern Ireland) Northern Ireland Services Manager and Settlement Agreements Manager)

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.

 

Maddalena Proctor, Employment Advice Line Manager

Maddalena has worked for Unionline for almost four years, she currently manages the Employment Advice Line team, the Civil Litigation team and the Wills and Probate Team.

 

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.

 

Emily Turner, Solicitor

Emily Turner started employment with Unionline in July 2019 and quickly rose through the company, successfully qualifying as a Solicitor in 2022. Emily studied law with a focus on international law and human rights at Sheffield University and now specialises in Employment Law. Emily has extensive experience advising Union members in relation to the full range of Employment Tribunal claims and is also a GMB Workplace Representative herself, working hard to continually uphold Trade Union values in the world of work.

 

Nicola Roe, Settlements Team

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.

 

Sofhia Ramos, Legal Advisor 

Sofhia completed her undergraduate Law degree at Oxford Brookes University in June 2021. In September 2021, she moved to Sheffield to start her first legal role in a law firm specialising in Wills & Probate whilst beginning the two-year part-time weekend Legal Practice Course with the integrated Masters degree.

Sofhia joined Unionline in October 2022 to gain further experience in a different area of law. She is currently an Employment Legal Advisor advising union members on a variety of employment matters such as dismissals, redundancies, pay disputes and discrimination & also sets up files for merits assessments.

Sofhia recently passed her Legal Practice Course and Masters degree in October 2023. Her goal is to attain a Training Contract and to ultimately qualify as a Solicitor advocate.

 

Katie Brown, Junior Vetter

Katie joined Unionline in March 2021 as an Employment Legal Advisor, where she advised union members on all aspects of employment law. Katie has since been promoted to Trainee Junior Vetter and now carries out merits assessments of a range of employment law cases. Katie is also a member of our Settlement Agreements team and advises members on settlement agreements. Katie completed her undergraduate degree in Law at Nottingham Trent University. She then stayed in Nottingham to complete her Legal Practice Course and LLM. She moved to Sheffield in 2021 from her home town in Suffolk, and she currently lives in Rotherham. Her goal is to become a Solicitor.

 

Lauren Batty, Junior Vetter

Lauren joined Unionline in 2021 as an Employment Legal Advisor and advised on many areas of employment law. Lauren has since been promoted to Trainee Junior Vetter and now carries out merits assessments of various employment law cases and advises on settlement agreements.

Lauren originally studied Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University and then completed a Graduate Diploma in Law alongside a Masters at Sheffield Hallam University. She is now completing her Solicitors Qualifying Examinations with the aim to becoming a Solicitor.

 

Ellie Williamson, Paralegal

Ellie is a Paralegal for the Employment Team. She joined Unionline as a Legal Advisor after graduating from the University of Lincoln in 2022 and was promoted to the Paralegal role in 2023. Her main responsibilities at Unionline include assisting with litigation, setting up case files and allocating them amongst the team for assessment, providing employment law advice to members and officers of the Union, managing case lists and deadlines, managing the Employment Team’s general inboxes, and any other tasks that are required to assist the team. She deals with a variety of employment matters in varying complexities, such as unfair dismissal, discrimination, and unlawful deduction of wages. Ellie’s goal is to qualify as a solicitor, and she is currently studying the LPC with a joint Masters at the University of Law in Sheffield and is due to complete this in 2024.

Tim Page, Paralegal

Tim joined Unionline in 2022 as a Legal Advisor within the employment team and was promoted to the role of Paralegal in 2023. Tim’s responsibilities are wide-ranging and include advising officers of the Union in relation to employment law matters, assisting with litigation and creating and administering case files. Prior to joining Unionline, Tim enjoyed a successful career as a classical musician, performing with many of the UK’s foremost orchestras, opera and ballet companies as well as working to promote music within the education sector. Tim has been interested in law for many years. In 2021 he was awarded a scholarship from the University of Law to study a Graduate Diploma in Law which he successfully passed with commendation in 2022. Tim is aiming to qualify as a solicitor and alongside his role at Unionline is also currently studying the Legal Practice Course.

Billie-Jo Brailsford, Legal Advisor

Billie-jo joined Unionline in May 2022 and graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with an LLB Law Degree.

Billie-jo is a legal advisor on the employment advice line and advises union members on their employment rights, such as unfair dismissal, and sets up case files for assessment. Billie-jo also advises on more complex matters such as interim relief.

Billie-jo has enrolled onto the LPC and will begin her studies in September.