Clare is an experienced Employment Law solicitor, having qualified in 2000. She advises on a wide range of employment matters, acting for both employer/respondent clients and individuals, in particular senior executives. She also has experience in advising employers of domestic staff.
Clare has been described as “solutions-focussed”, as having a “calm, practical and robust approach, combined with an ability to explain employment legislation in layman terms”, and a “very capable and safe pair of hands”.
Her employment law expertise ranges from recruitment to termination and beyond, including drafting and negotiating contractual documentation and staff handbooks; advising on disciplinary and grievance procedures, performance management procedures, redundancy, severance terms and negotiating settlement agreements; advising on restrictive covenants and confidentiality issues; and dealing with Employment Tribunal claims. She also provides advice in relation to corporate transactions including TUPE matters, and certain business immigration issues.
Clare is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.
Clare studied Law at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 1996. She took the Legal Practice Course at the University of Birmingham and, after training at a firm based in Kent and London, qualified as a solicitor in September 2000.
Clare spent a number of years working in a small City firm, and ultimately moved to a major Surrey firm in 2010. Clare joined Peacock & Co in November 2018 and is developing her practice across our Wimbledon and Epsom offices.
- Obtaining a successful result for the client – whatever that amounts to in their particular circumstances
- Successfully achieving a settlement deal for Respondent client just prior to commencement of final Employment Tribunal hearing
- Minimising risk for employer clients by advising on consultation and dismissal procedures, including use of Settlement Agreements
Clare grew up in Gloucestershire, moving to south west London after university. She now lives in Epsom Downs with her husband and two young children. If she had any spare time, she would enjoy going to the cinema, eating out and sampling red wine.
“Fantastic service from Clare and the team at Peacock. Really fast turnaround on my queries and very clearly broke down legal complexities into straightforward terms. I would highly recommend Clare to anyone looking for advice or support on employment law matters.”
“I engaged the services of Clare Chappell to assist with an employment matter and I was delighted with the service I received. Clare was very reactive to my needs which was very much appreciated as we were up against a tight time constraint. She provided good, practical advice and looked after my best interests throughout. Best of all, she was quick to simply pick up the phone and talk things through – her manner was professional but also very down to earth and matter of fact which I found reassuring.
“I highly recommend Clare and Peacock & Co – a firm I had no previous connection with, incidentally, I simply found them online because they were local to me. Sometimes you get lucky, as I was in this case.”
“I engaged Clare Chappell to help me with an employment settlement agreement. She was very thorough in her review of the documentation raising a number of valid points. She was professional at all times but was also able to explain challenges in easy to understand non-legalese. Overall she did a very good, efficient job, working to some very tight timescales. I would have no hesitation in recommending Clare for any employment contract matters.”
“I have used Clare at Peacock & Co Solicitors twice now in a short space of time to assist with employee matters and both times have been incredibly prompt at delivering first class service at a very reasonable rate. I would not hesitate to use this firm again for my business requirements and will look forward to a continued professional relationship.”