The Lawyers & Trustees
Your Employment Settlement Service (YESS) consists of experienced, practising solicitors with wide-ranging experience in employment law, practice and procedure. They include Employment Tribunal judges, authors of leading employment books and well-regarded lecturers on employment law.
Karen Teago - CEO and Principal Solicitor
Karen joined YESS in June 2018, taking over from Camilla Palmer as Joint CEO and Principal Solicitor. She was Joint-CEO with Emma Webster for 2 years, becoming CEO in September 2020.
Karen qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and practised at commercial firms Taylor Vinters and EMW before a period as an employment law lecturer working with providers including BPP, MBL and CLT. Karen has more recently worked as an HR consultant and HR manager and is an Associate Member of the CIPD. Her experience of dealing with workplace relations as both a solicitor and an HR practitioner, enables her to advise clients in a practical and relevant manner.
Karen advises employers and employees on a wide range of employment matters, including redundancies and restructuring, parental entitlements, discrimination, performance management and ill-health dismissals, contractual rights including restrictive covenants and confidentiality clauses, and settlement agreements.
She is also an experienced independent investigator, having carried out varied and complex disciplinary and grievance investigations in a number of sectors including property, education, transport and technology.
Karen is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association and is an accredited Mental Health First Aider.
Saher Osman - Senior Solicitor
Saher qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and has advised and represented employment clients in all types of employment matters including disciplinaries and grievances, unfair dismissal, redundancy, discrimination and whistleblowing. She has a wealth of experience in negotiating settlements and has also supported clients at judicial mediations.
Saher’s strengths include connecting with her clients and concentrating on their objectives to reach solutions. She explains legal concepts to her clients in plain English and has insight into different client needs and backgrounds, to which she is sensitive.
Saher also sits as a trustee of the Kosmos Centre (formerly the Camden Cypriot Women’s Organisation).
Clare Fowler - Senior Solicitor
Clare joined YESS in November 2020. She qualified as a solicitor in September 2000 and practised at what is now Blake Morgan LLP and then Howells LLP. Much of her time at Howells was spent providing publicly funded work in both employment law and other discrimination claims under the Equality Act in relation to higher education, the provision of goods and services, housing and welfare benefits. As a result she has a special interest and expertise in discrimination matters.
Clare advises employees and employers on all aspects of employment law and has experience of managing and coaching teams herself. She has delivered training to clients and other lawyers/advisers. She focusses on understanding client goals and working collaboratively to achieve them. Clare has extensive experience of negotiating settlements directly, through ACAS and at Judicial Mediations.
Christine Hows - Senior Solicitor and mediator
Christine joined YESS in April 2021. She qualified in 1999, after working for a number of years in London Local Government and deciding, after a long involvement with a public investigation for her employer, that she wished to train as a solicitor specialising in Employment Law.
In her early legal career, she worked for firms predominantly supporting Trade Union clients, and after that she worked in-house based in the Human Resources department of a university. She stayed there for 6 years and, during that time, developed a keen interest in workplace mediation. As a result, Christine has a broad experience of working for both employees and employers, with a strongly pragmatic approach to problem solving.
Immediately before joining YESS, Christine worked for law firm Couchman Hanson as the primary provider of employment law advice to a wide variety of clients. She brings to YESS a long and varied experience of dealing with employment law disputes, organisational problems and finding solutions that work best for everyone concerned. Christine strives to offer an empathetic approach to working with clients, but with a strong legal footing on which to base her advice and help.
Paul Statham - Consultant Solicitor
Paul Statham is a solicitor who has worked with a nationally recognised claimant firm and has over 30 years’ experience of employment and trade union law. He has wide experience of all aspects of employment, discrimination and trade union law.
Paul was the former Treasurer of the Industrial Law Society and a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Employment Rights and the Legislative and Policy Committee of the Employment Lawyers Association.
Paul is co-author of Employment Law practice: Strategies for Success, published by IDS in September 2009 and regularly writes for employment publications.
Camilla Palmer QC (Hon) - Consultant Solicitor and Mediator
Camilla Palmer is a Consultant at YESS.
After 20 years as an employment litigating lawyer (and partner at Leigh Day and Palmer Wade), Camilla set up Your Employment Settlement Service (YESS) in March 2014.
Camilla is a CEDR and Workplace accredited mediator. She specialises in:
• Affordable Mediation;
• Independent Investigations - of any employment matter;
• Coaching employees how to negotiate with their employer about employment issues, including maternity rights, discrimination, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, bonus, equal pay including negotiating a good exit.
Camilla has specialised in equality law for 25 years. She has written and trained extensively on pregnancy/maternity and discrimination law and worked with the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Camilla has been a fee-paid employment judge since 2001. In 2015 she was made an Honorary QC for her work on employment and discrimination. She is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association and the Civil Mediation Council.
Vicki Leaver - Office Manager
Vicki is our first point of contact for clients and new enquiries and is responsible for the smooth and efficient running of our organisation.
Scarlett MccGwire is a communications consultant working in the private, public and NGO sector. She has worked with senior politicians both here and in the Balkans, particularly Kosovo, Eastern Europe, Africa and since the Arab Spring, Egypt and Tunisia.
She has written a number of non-fiction books and reviews for Tribune and the LSE Review of Books.
Caroline is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wale (ICAEW) and has 20 years’ experience working in the field of finance. She spent the early part of her career working for a number of small audit and accountancy practices in London servicing a range of clients in the not-for-profit sector before moving into the higher education sector.
Most recently she was the Professional Services Finance Director at University College London, a position she held for almost 5 years. Her specialist expertise is in management reporting and financial control.
Oliver Segal QC
Oliver is a very experienced employment barrister, who represents claimants and respondents in employment disputes at all levels in the tribunals and civil courts.
He is a trained mediator and sits as a part-time Employment Tribunal Judge.
He has been the Treasurer/Chairman of the Management Committee of Old Square Chambers for many years.
Mark Hunt is a solicitor, specialising in employment law, and a qualified workplace mediator. He is currently Head of Employment Law for EMEA with The Bank of New York Mellon. Previously, he was a partner at Reed Smith in London and was head of the firm’s European employment law practice. He trained with Ashurt and qualified as a solicitor in 1995.
Mark advises on all aspects of employment law and has particular expertise in dealing with national and international transactions involving employee transfers, redundancies and restructuring exercises, senior executive issues and assisting HR professionals in dealing with grievance, disciplinary and performance and compensation related issues. Recently, he has been closely involved in the implementation of the FCA and PRA Senior Managers and Certification Regimes by The Bank of New York Mellon.
Mark is a member of the Professional Mediators Association and is the Chair of the In House committee of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) and a member of the ELA Management Committee.