Sophie is an experienced solicitor. She qualified in 2004 and has practised as an employment lawyer since then, primarily acting for individuals. She spent 10 years at a leading trade union firm, representing trade unions and their members. She joined us in 2019.
Sophie studied Politics and Philosophy at Bristol University, graduating with a 2:1. She then undertook her PGDP and LPC at the College of Law in London, before training at a City firm.
Sophie cares deeply about the importance of individuals having access to legal advice and support. She is currently a trustee of Citizens Advice Lewisham. She has also worked as an adviser for Maternity Action and volunteered for ATLEU, a specialist law centre providing representation to victims of trafficking and labour exploitation.
She is experienced in advising in all areas of employment law and has successfully represented claimants in the Tribunal in a wide variety of claims, including discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal. She also represents individuals who are facing disciplinary proceedings brought by their professional regulatory bodies, including the NMC and HCPC.
Alex studied Geography at the University of Leicester and graduated with a First Class Honours degree before embarking on a career in HR for a national transport organisation. This sparked her passion for employment law and gave her a unique insight into the role of trade unions and how they support workers on a wide variety of issues.
She therefore set about becoming an employment lawyer, obtaining Distinctions in both her GDL and LPC at the College of Law, York and then training with a top firm in Leeds, qualifying in 2017, before we poached her to join P&B’s employment team in early 2018. Creative, smart and client focussed, Alex regularly obtains great results for her clients and has a comprehensive knowledge of employment law and litigation.
Alex has a particular interest in discrimination (particularly disability and maternity/pregnancy), equal pay and flexible working. She also regularly acts for clients in unfair dismissal, redundancy, whistleblowing, and holiday pay claims.
When not at the office, Alex is kept busy with her young daughter and is happiest with a hot cup of coffee.
Jamie Hanley specialises in representing Trade Unions and their members. He has only ever acted for victims, never for employers or insurance companies.
Jamie has acted for a very diverse range of clients, from victims of major incidents such as the Selby Rail crash to the families of those killed in workplace accidents, and from those injured by asbestos to the victims of violent crime. He has pursued claims across many different sectors, from passenger transport to construction and from education to local government. Jamie has acted for a number of high profile members of the sporting and entertainment sectors.
Jamie is very active in the wider Labour Movement. He fought his home seat of Pudsey for the Labour Party at the 2010 and 2015 General Elections, and he has represented the Labour Party locally and nationally. His keen interest in international affairs has led him to work and tutor in places such as Palestine, Cuba and Serbia, and he has had the privilege of working with President Jimmy Carter as well as a number of international and domestic Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers.
He is an active and committed member of his chosen Trade Union, both as a local Branch chair and sitting on regional and national committees.
Jamie is a fierce defender of workplace rights. His many articles and commentaries have been published in regional, national and Trade Union press on issues, ranging from fighting for justice for asbestos victims, to the importance of maintaining high health & safety standards. He has also voiced his views on the shameful erosion of workplace rights under the recent Coalition Government and the current Conservative one. Jamie has been closely involved with a number of national high profile campaigns, including defending the link between Trade Unions and the Labour Party.
Jamie joined Pattinson & Brewer in 2012, following 16 years at another firm, much of which time was spent as a Partner and Head of their Trade Union department.
Jamie and his wife have two sons. He is a keen supporter of Leeds Rhinos RL and Leeds United FC. He used to be a half decent squash player, but his love of good food, wine, and Tetley’s bitter, has ended any dream of playing competitively.