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Emma Sangeelee

Emma is a Partner in the Employment team advising Senior Executives and Employers across the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Her clients are from a variety of industry sectors including energy, financial services, real estate, media and entertainment, education, hospitality, manufacturing and charities.

Emma has significant expertise advising in relation to complex, high value discrimination and whistleblowing claims. She has a particular interest in working collaboratively with Senior Executives to identify and articulate effectively their claims in order to achieve the best outcome at the earliest possible stage. She is described by her clients as being “an outstanding lawyer providing clear, honest and pragmatic advice coupled with an empathetic and measured approach”. She is “exceptionally perceptive” and “has an excellent grasp of strategy and tactics”.

Emma is “incredibly knowledgeable and supportive” and has “a real depth of knowledge, particularly around disability discrimination”. She understands the stresses her clients face when asserting claims and is able to call on her expertise in this area to provide meaningful support in managing those stresses. She also works closely with businesses to find reasonable and practical solutions to the complex issues that can arise in relation to disabled employees.

Examples of Her Senior Executive Work:

  • Advising a senior executive on their return to work following an extended period of absence due to disability and the duty to make reasonable adjustments, and in respect of claims in the Employment Tribunal for disability discrimination.
  • Advising a senior banker at a major financial institution in respect of complex disability discrimination claims in the context of disciplinary proceedings for gross misconduct with criminal, high court and HMRC issues running in parallel.
  • Advising a senior lawyer at a major financial institution in respect of claims for pregnancy/maternity discrimination in relation to the permanent recruitment of her maternity cover and related disability discrimination claims.
  • Advising a director shareholder in respect of a disability discrimination claim with a view to recovering his shareholding.
  • Advising the Chief Risk Officer of a large insurance company in respect of claims for whistleblowing.

Examples of Her Work For Businesses:

  • Acting for a corporate client in the defence of claims for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal following a TUPE transfer, including successfully obtaining the strike out of disability discrimination claims at a preliminary stage.
  • Representing a corporate client in the defence of a claim for constructive dismissal and sex discrimination following refusal of a request for flexible working on return from maternity leave, including successfully obtaining the strike out of the constructive dismissal claim at a preliminary hearing, and successfully defending the sex discrimination claim both at first instance and in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT).
  • Advising in respect of an institutional race discrimination allegations against a major financial institution.
  • Advising on TUPE acquisitions including undertaking due diligence and negotiating the employment related terms in the APA.
  • Advising on drafting and enforceability of restrictive covenants.
  • Advising a modelling agency in respect of its terms and conditions with its models and end user clients.
  • Advising an umbrella recruitment company in respect of its terms and conditions with workers.
Emma Sangeelee awards

Expertise

  • Employment: Overview

  • Discrimination

  • Whistleblowing

  • Misconduct/Performance Management

  • Severance Negotiations and Settlement Agreements

  • Restrictive Covenants

  • Partnership

Credentials

Quotes

She is an absolutely first-class partner.


Chambers UK 2024

She is an absolutely first-class partner.

Chambers UK 2024

Emma is unparalleled in terms of both her knowledge and attitude.


Chambers UK 2024

Emma is unparalleled in terms of both her knowledge and attitude.

Chambers UK 2024

Emma fights hard for her clients. She is personable, an excellent strategist and easy to work with.


Chambers UK 2024

Emma fights hard for her clients. She is personable, an excellent strategist and easy to work with.

Chambers UK 2024

Emma is a star - she is smart, knowledgeable, precise, hard-working and very diligent on top of being empathetic and ...
Chambers UK 2024

Emma is a star - she is smart, knowledgeable, precise, hard-working and very diligent on top of being empathetic and very understanding.

Chambers UK 2024

Emma Sangeelee is marvellous – knowledgeable, dedicated, strategic and had her client’s back to the bitter end. The Legal 500 UK 2024

Emma Sangeelee is marvellous – knowledgeable, dedicated, strategic and had her client’s back to the bitter end.

The Legal 500 UK 2024

Linky Trott and Emma Sangeelee are highly talented, experienced and dedicated professionals and are supported by a co...
The Legal 500 UK 2024

Linky Trott and Emma Sangeelee are highly talented, experienced and dedicated professionals and are supported by a committed and impressive team.’

The Legal 500 UK 2024

She has boundless energy and is really on top of the detail of the case. She isn't afraid to question, push and chall...
Chambers UK 2023

She has boundless energy and is really on top of the detail of the case. She isn't afraid to question, push and challenge to get the right outcome for the client.

Chambers UK 2023

She has a very strong human and emotional awareness, making her quite exceptional in the way she handles her job. She...
Chambers UK 2023

She has a very strong human and emotional awareness, making her quite exceptional in the way she handles her job. She is intelligent and has empathy, the best combination for an employment lawyer.

Chambers UK 2023

Emma is absolutely wonderful. She is brilliant to work with, very bright, hard-working and she really tests every ang...
Chambers UK 2023

Emma is absolutely wonderful. She is brilliant to work with, very bright, hard-working and she really tests every angle. She has also got very good commercial awareness and is very realistic.

Chambers UK 2023

I worked with Emma Sangeelee. She was particularly empathetic and patient with the amount of stress I was under. She ...
The Legal 500 UK 2023

I worked with Emma Sangeelee. She was particularly empathetic and patient with the amount of stress I was under. She was also innovative and resourceful with what she was given – she was very competent at constructing a meaningful and actionable narrative for my circumstances. She was also a very effective guide through our negotiation process with my company.

The Legal 500 UK 2023

Emma Sangeelee is in demand for 'her expertise and her brilliance'


The Legal 500 UK 2022

Emma Sangeelee is in demand for 'her expertise and her brilliance'

The Legal 500 UK 2022

She is an exceptionally perceptive and intuitive lawyer who has outstanding client management abilities.


Chambers UK 2022

She is an exceptionally perceptive and intuitive lawyer who has outstanding client management abilities.

Chambers UK 2022

She has a mix of strategic insight, technical expertise and an understanding of human nature and the people that she ...
Chambers UK 2022

She has a mix of strategic insight, technical expertise and an understanding of human nature and the people that she is working with. Her advice is really practical, she gives viable outcomes to
complex and multifaceted issues, and she maintains a very impressive grasp of the detail while managing the wider issues.

Chambers UK 2022

I really appreciated that my experience was not at all corporate or cold, and instead felt personal and catered to my...
The Legal 500 UK 2022

I really appreciated that my experience was not at all corporate or cold, and instead felt personal and catered to my needs. Emma Sangeelee was my lawyer, and I cannot recommend her services enough; by working with her I landed a better outcome than I could have possibly imagined.

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Emma Sangeelee can always analyse difficult matters in a very
sensible and wise way to get exactly the outcome ...
The Legal 500 UK 2022

Emma Sangeelee can always analyse difficult matters in a very
sensible and wise way to get exactly the outcome she intends to
get to. Emma is the best lawyer I know and I have already
recommended her to many friends. I think she is a person I will
always go to for her expertise and her brilliance.’

The Legal 500 UK 2022

She is very knowledgeable, thorough and gives clear, concise and pragmatic advice.


Chambers UK 2021

She is very knowledgeable, thorough and gives clear, concise and pragmatic advice.

Chambers UK 2021

Emma has a real depth of knowledge, particularly around disability discrimination.


Chambers UK 2021

Emma has a real depth of knowledge, particularly around disability discrimination.

Chambers UK 2021

Emma is incredibly knowledgeable and supportive.


Chambers UK 2021

Emma is incredibly knowledgeable and supportive.

Chambers UK 2021

Emma Sangeelee is an exceptional lawyer who utilises a unique mix of strategic insight, technical expertise and a str...
The Legal 500 UK 2021

Emma Sangeelee is an exceptional lawyer who utilises a unique mix of strategic insight, technical expertise and a strong understanding of human nature to secure the best outcomes for her clients. Emma provides outstanding client service and is incredibly dedicated – she sees her client through to the end. Her advice is insightful and practical, and she achieves viable outcomes to complex and multi-faceted issues. She retains an impressive grasp of the detail while keeping sight of the broader issues and is a trusted adviser.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Emma Sangeelee is very knowledgeable and thorough. She gives clear, concise and pragmatic advice.


The Legal 500 UK 2021

Emma Sangeelee is very knowledgeable and thorough. She gives clear, concise and pragmatic advice.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Linky Trott and Emma Sangeelee, individually and as a team, are outstanding. They are smart, talented, hardworking an...
The Legal 500 UK 2020

Linky Trott and Emma Sangeelee, individually and as a team, are outstanding. They are smart, talented, hardworking and dedicated professionals who care for their clients. Both think laterally and comprehensively about solutions to issues and retain an excellent grasp of the detail and of technical issues, while also maintaining professional objectivity and a broad and solid understanding of prevailing market trends. Linky and Emma are two of the most talented individuals with whom I have had the pleasure of working.

The Legal 500 UK 2020

Emma's advice was second to none - she has an excellent grasp of strategy and tactics.


Client feedback

Emma's advice was second to none - she has an excellent grasp of strategy and tactics.

Client feedback

Emma always took my calls, responded quickly and kept me fully informed, I felt like I was in very good hands and was...
Client feedback

Emma always took my calls, responded quickly and kept me fully informed, I felt like I was in very good hands and was delighted with the outcome.

Client feedback

I have no hesitation in recommending Emma, she quickly understood the issues I sought advice on, was incredibly suppo...
Client feedback

I have no hesitation in recommending Emma, she quickly understood the issues I sought advice on, was incredibly supportive throughout and always had my best interests in mind.

Client feedback

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Emma Sangeelee

Partner

Emma is a Partner in the Employment team advising Senior Executives and Employers across the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Her clients are from a variety of industry sectors including energy, financial services, real estate, media and entertainment, education, hospitality, manufacturing and charities.

Emma has significant expertise advising in relation to complex, high value discrimination and whistleblowing claims. She has a particular interest in working collaboratively with Senior Executives to identify and articulate effectively their claims in order to achieve the best outcome at the earliest possible stage. She is described by her clients as being “an outstanding lawyer providing clear, honest and pragmatic advice coupled with an empathetic and measured approach”. She is “exceptionally perceptive” and “has an excellent grasp of strategy and tactics”.

Emma is “incredibly knowledgeable and supportive” and has “a real depth of knowledge, particularly around disability discrimination”. She understands the stresses her clients face when asserting claims and is able to call on her expertise in this area to provide meaningful support in managing those stresses. She also works closely with businesses to find reasonable and practical solutions to the complex issues that can arise in relation to disabled employees.

Expertise

  • Employment: Overview
  • Discrimination
  • Whistleblowing
  • Misconduct/Performance Management
  • Severance Negotiations and Settlement Agreements
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Partnership

Experience

Examples of Her Senior Executive Work:

  • Advising a senior executive on their return to work following an extended period of absence due to disability and the duty to make reasonable adjustments, and in respect of claims in the Employment Tribunal for disability discrimination.
  • Advising a senior banker at a major financial institution in respect of complex disability discrimination claims in the context of disciplinary proceedings for gross misconduct with criminal, high court and HMRC issues running in parallel.
  • Advising a senior lawyer at a major financial institution in respect of claims for pregnancy/maternity discrimination in relation to the permanent recruitment of her maternity cover and related disability discrimination claims.
  • Advising a director shareholder in respect of a disability discrimination claim with a view to recovering his shareholding.
  • Advising the Chief Risk Officer of a large insurance company in respect of claims for whistleblowing.

Examples of Her Work For Businesses:

  • Acting for a corporate client in the defence of claims for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal following a TUPE transfer, including successfully obtaining the strike out of disability discrimination claims at a preliminary stage.
  • Representing a corporate client in the defence of a claim for constructive dismissal and sex discrimination following refusal of a request for flexible working on return from maternity leave, including successfully obtaining the strike out of the constructive dismissal claim at a preliminary hearing, and successfully defending the sex discrimination claim both at first instance and in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT).
  • Advising in respect of an institutional race discrimination allegations against a major financial institution.
  • Advising on TUPE acquisitions including undertaking due diligence and negotiating the employment related terms in the APA.
  • Advising on drafting and enforceability of restrictive covenants.
  • Advising a modelling agency in respect of its terms and conditions with its models and end user clients.
  • Advising an umbrella recruitment company in respect of its terms and conditions with workers.

Credentials

Contact

Telephone:
+44 20 7691 4079

Email:
emma.sangeelee@edwincoe.com

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