Nikita Sonecha

An experienced employment and data protection solicitor

EXPERTISE

I help companies and individuals to resolve employment issues, improve their employment position and prevent issues arising.

For organisations, I provide strategic employment advice to employers of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals. I help HR teams, directors, MDs and CEOs to make commercial decisions that maximise opportunities, minimise risk and prevent dispute situations. I am also experienced in business restructuring, and how to deploy employment strategies that achieve commercial objectives.

I advise on dispute situations that organisations can face, and have particular expertise in dismissals, disciplinary and grievance processes, and post-termination restrictions. Where possible, I attempt to resolve disputes using cost-effective methods such as negotiation and mediation, but am experienced at handling tribunal cases if required.

I also advise many individuals on their employment, from recruitment through to departure, including resolving issues that arise along the way. I have extensive experience in discrimination, particularly race, age, disability and maternity. I also advise many senior executives on complex employment matters such as service agreements, commissions, bonus arrangements and exit provisions.

Away from employment, I have a particular interest in data privacy, and advise on the new UK Data Protection Act that incorporates the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). I help organisations to achieve compliance with the new requirements, including giving in-house seminars.

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My favourite legal drama is Suits
Employment
If I wasn’t a lawyer, I’d like to have been a teacher
The team at SA Law LLP has ‘excellent knowledge of employment law’. Practice head Chris Cook is recommended.
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Getting to the meat of employee choice

Companies must be made aware of discrimination laws when dictating what workers can and can't do, says Keely Rushmore, Partner at SA Law.

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Worker versus Self-Employed

The Gig economy makes more headlines as The Supreme Court agree Mr Smith was a worker and Pimlico plumbers had fallen foul of employment rights.

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Reality TV and the protection of stars' welfare

Head of Employment at SA Law, Chris Cook comments in The Daily Star on the increasing pressure for production companies to ensure the welfare of contestants.

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Chris Cook handles the full range of employment law for both individuals and organisations. He receives particular recognition for his strong TUPE expertise.…
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The Government's guidance on The Trade Union Act 2016

How should employers' implement the Trade Union Act 2016? Head of Employment at SA Law, Chris Cook explains.

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Dress codes and sex discrimination - The Government's response

Read Head of Employment, Chris Cook's analysis of the Government's response to the 2015 Nicola Thorp "wear heels or go home" controversy.

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To ban, or not to ban social media? That is the question

Employment Partner, Keely Rushmore writes for City A.M.

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Reading Borough Council v James and Others

Head of Employment, Chris Cook discusses a recent case and gives some advice about how employers can avoid unlawful sex discrimination.

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Managing your team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup

With the World Cup underway, we've produced some tips to help you manage your team during this years' Tournament.

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