Sue qualified as a solicitor and is a consultant to the firm, helping individuals and businesses with all employment issues. She provides clear and direct advice.
For employees, this includes exit packages and settlement agreements, as well as dealing with unfair dismissal, grievances, redundancy and discrimination, including maternity matters. Mindful of what is often a stressful time, she has a sympathetic and practical approach in looking at the best options.
For employers, she helps with restructuring and redundancies, underperformance or misconduct and day-to-day employment issues. Advising businesses from start-ups to established companies in a range of sectors, Sue helps with all types of contracts, incentive and bonus schemes, handbooks and protections against ex-employees damaging the business and advises on training staff in best practice.
Sue studied law at the University of Warwick. She worked in major central London law firms as a litigator, before specialising in employment law. She was a partner in a niche employment practice prior to joining Peacock & Co as a consultant. She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.
- Alleviating the risk of serious damage to a property company by an ex-employee taking clients
- Obtaining an attractive exit package, through delicate negotiations, for a senior fund raiser in a high-profile charity in a case covering bullying claims and associated medical issues
- Securing a favourable outcome for a minister facing with disciplinary proceedings by his Church, which would have resulted in loss of job, home, pension and reputation
Sue studies history of art and enjoys playing tennis, book club and her family. She lives locally and was a magistrate for many years.
“I was put in touch with Sue Fairbairn who handled my dispute with my firm that rattled on for some weeks. During that time her advice, wise counsel and well-constructed correspondence created a compelling case which was ultimately brought to a favourable conclusion.”
“BCSA Union was formed in 2011. I have known Susan Fairbairn for many years prior to this date. As General Secretary, Susan was the first person I contacted to make sure our union had professional legal back up for our members. During which time we have worked together on many different and sometimes difficult cases. Susan has always made herself available even when she is not on duty which leaves us feeling confident that we can get the employment law advice when we need it.”
“Peacock & Co. and Sue Fairbairn were excellent, professional and friendly in providing expert advice on complicated employment matters. They helped make a complex situation easier and I would turn to Peacock & Co again for any urgent matter requiring expert legal assistance.”