Experienced, qualified employment lawyers

Our services are provided by experienced, qualified and specialist employment solicitors, who give practical and commercial advice.

This distinguishes us from many other similar services, where advice is provided by ‘advisors’ with no legal qualifications or experience of providing commercially-focused employment advice.

Many of our rockhopper lawyers have worked for several years within Lewis Silkin's market leading employment practice before transferring to rockhopper , and others have joined after many years of experience at other leading firms.

This means clients get the highest quality support but at a low cost .

Meet some of the team


I joined Lewis Silkin in 2010 after training in-house with a well-known luxury retailer. My training gave me an excellent insight into the retail sector and I have since worked with several retail and hospitality employers on the full range of employment issues. I regularly advise all types of employers on disciplinary and grievance processes, redundancies, contracts of employment, HR policies and discrimination issues. I have a particular interest in all issues related to disability and ill health.

As an experienced litigator, I have handled many Employment Tribunal claims, including claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal, as well as discrimination claims on grounds of age, sex, religion and belief, race and disability.


I joined Lewis Silkin in 2009. I provide ad hoc HR advice to employers and also deal with Employment Tribunal claims – from unfair dismissal cases to more complex claims such as those involving discrimination and whistle-blowing.

My clients vary but include advertising/publishing agencies, retailers and charities. A previous secondment working at a multi-national professional services firm, in the role of in-house employment counsel has given me  a broad understanding of the legal and commercial aspects of HR matters that employers face.


I joined Lewis Silkin in 2008. I advise employers on all employment related matters and have a particular interest in working arrangements that differ from the standard employer/employee relationship (for example, agency workers, apprentices and self-employed contractors). My day to day work includes dealing with ad hoc HR queries, drafting contracts and policies and advising on grievances, disciplinaries and dismissals of all kinds. I also act on all types of Employment Tribunal claims, such as unfair dismissal and discrimination cases.

Recent examples of my work include successfully defending a claim of unfair dismissal against a well-known restaurant chain, advising employers on the requirements of the Agency Worker Regulations 2010 and reviewing the employment contracts and policies of a major communications company.  


Since joining Lewis Silkin in 2005 I have worked with a wide range of employers, including those in the retail, hospitality, advertising and manufacturing sectors. I advise employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, whether that relationship is going well (or not so well!) and whether it is a traditional employment relationship or some other arrangement. 

A typical day’s work may include providing HR help to employers issues such as disciplinary or grievance hearings, drafting contractual documentation, advising clients in relation to atypical working arrangements such as the use of contractors or agency staff, and regularly acting for employers defending Employment Tribunal claims. 

anna dawson


I initially joined Lewis Silkin in 2000 and worked in the employment team for a number of years, including time as a partner. I have recently returned to the team, having moved overseas for some time where I continued to practice employment law and sat as a Chairman of the local Employment Tribunal.

I advise employers on all employment law and HR issues they face from the day to day to the more trickier and difficult issues. I have advised a number of employers in the hospitality and leisure sectors including high street restaurants, a cinema chain and a group of pubs as well as employers in other sectors including IT and media. Some of my notable work includes negotiating a favourable settlement for an IT company on a long and complex sex and disability discrimination case as well as guiding many clients though both individual and collective redundancy exercises.  


I joined Lewis Silkin in 2013 and advise employers on a wide range of contentious and non contentious employment law issues. On a day to day basis, I advise clients on issues such as disciplinary and grievance processes, dismissals, reviewing contracts of employment and all aspects of Employment Tribunal claims and enjoy drafting documents such as Tribunal pleadings and witness statements.

I also advise clients on TUPE and have drafted TUPE clauses within commercial contracts. I have particular experience advising clients in the media, manufacturing and energy sectors.


jenny harryman employment lawyer


I joined Lewis Silkin in 2007. My daily work includes drafting employment contracts and policies, negotiating the terms of compromise agreements, and defending Employment Tribunal claims. I also regularly advise on a wide range of employment law issues, such as redundancy, unfair dismissal, discrimination, bonuses and disciplinary and grievance procedures. I have a particular interest in family rights such as the implementation of family-friendly policies and flexible working requests.

An eight month secondment at a major company to assist with the employment issues they faced as a result of very difficult market conditions gave me invaluable first-hand experience of the pressures that companies face on a day to day basis; for example, how commercial and financial demands faced by employers affect HR operations and decision-making.  

rebecca jobling


I joined Lewis Silkin in 2007. I advise on the full range of day to day employment issues across a range of sectors and my experience covers, in particular, the hospitality and retail industry. For many years I have advised a national restaurant chain in relation to their day to day employment issues and also defending their Employment Tribunal claims. I also gained valuable experience on a secondment to the in house legal team at a major UK retailer, where I advised HR clients on policy and strategy, ran Tribunal claims and provided advice on a wide range of matters.  

Recently I have advised on a TUPE transfer and redundancy programme, undertaken contract and policy reviews, defended a complex discrimination claim and advised on a performance management process. I have a particular interest in the employment issues surrounding disability and ill health, regularly advising on managing ill health issues and avoiding the pit falls of disability discrimination.