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Rachel Giles

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Solicitor

Rachel joined Bermans in July 2019 and is currently working in our Employment team as a Solicitor.

Rachel studied History & Politics at the University of Manchester before deciding to pursue a career in law.

Rachel qualified as an Employment Solicitor at a commercial firm in 2009 and brings a wealth of experience, having also worked in the HR head office of a major UK retailer and in-house at a TV and film finance and production company based in Montreal, Canada.

She has worked with clients across a range of sectors but has a particular interest in the creative industries and national retailers and having worked in-house, has extensive knowledge of the commercial contexts in which our clients operate.

Rachel has represented clients in tribunal cases including those relating to unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal and all forms of discrimination.

Rachel has a particular interest in guiding her client’s through absence management processes and avoiding disability discrimination claims (in particular those relating to mental health impairments.)  Her non contentious work includes drafting contracts, policies, restrictive covenants and settlement agreements.


Email: Rachel.giles@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0151 224 0534

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Robert Maddocks

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Senior Associate

Robert qualified as Solicitor in 2008 and joined Bermans in July 2019 as a Senior Associate in the Employment team.

He has previously worked for industry recognised legal providers, including an employment boutique firm in Manchester.

He is known for delivering strategic and commercial advice to clients and advises clients in different sectors. He has also contributed to industry journals and national press with articles on employment law issues.

Robert has acted for a wide range of clients ranging from OMB’s to large national and international companies, however he has a particular focus on owner managed SME’s.

Robert regularly advises on complex internal HR and employment law issues as well as business re-organisations, restructures and TUPE transactions. He is particularly experienced at representing clients in the Employment Tribunal and regularly appears as an advocate.


Email: Robert.maddocks@bermans.co.uk

Tel:  0161 827 4617

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Rob Eakins

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Solicitor

Rob is a solicitor in the Commercial team, having joined Bermans in July 2019.

Rob trained at a firm in Manchester, with seats in the corporate and commercial department, wills and trusts, and business crime and regulation.

Rob advises on all types of commercial contracts, with particular expertise in agreements for the creative industries. He also has a growing number of clients in the developing blockchain and cryptocurrency sector.

Before deciding to train in law, Rob gained an MA in Music Industry Studies from the University of Liverpool. This included a dissertation based on his own original research, studying levels of understanding of relevant intellectual property issues amongst musicians in Liverpool.

Since then, Rob has had a number of commercially-focused roles, including creative industries business adviser, project manager, and owner of a record label. Rob’s frequent dealings with commercial contracts inspired him to train as a commercial lawyer.


Email: rob.eakins@bermans.co.uk

Tel:  0151 224 0535

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Employment Law: Holiday Pay

adrian_fryerIf employees are underpaid for their holiday, they can bring an unlawful deduction from wages claim. A claim must be submitted within 3 months of the underpayment, or the last in any series of deductions. In the case of Bear Scotland v Fulton, the Employment Appeal Tribunal said that a break of three months or more between deductions will break the series. This significantly limits how far back employees can go, because holidays will often be three months or more apart.

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