The Lawyers & Trustees

The team at Your Employment Settlement Service (YESS) consists of experienced, practising solicitors with wide-ranging experience in employment law, practice and procedure. All of our solicitors are specialists in negotiating effectively without threatening litigation.

The Lawyers

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.

Contact Karen

020 3701 7531

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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 is also a qualified mediator.

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).

Contact Saher

020 3701 7532

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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.

She is also an experienced independent investigator, having carried out numerous workplace investigations for both commercial and not for profit organisations.

Contact Clare

020 3701 7533

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, becoming a qualified mediator. As a result, Christine has a broad experience of working with 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.

Contact Christine

0203 701 7534

Christianne Silverwood - Senior Solicitor

Christianne advises and represents employee and employer clients in all areas of employment law, including discrimination, redundancy situations, disciplinaries, grievances, ill-health capability procedures, unfair and wrongful dismissals, unlawful deductions from wages, negative references, restrictive covenants and breaches of contract. She also has experience of conducting investigations for employers and is an Associate Member of the CIPD.

Christianne works with her clients to help them understand all their options and achieve a resolution that is right for them. She takes a pragmatic approach and is highly experienced in negotiating and drafting settlement agreements and COT 3 agreements. She has been commended on her compassionate approach and ability to explain complex legal concepts in plain English.

Before specialising in employment law, Christianne spent her early career was spent representing publicly funded clients in human rights law, immigration, housing and welfare benefits.

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.

Support Staff

Vicki Leaver - Office Manager

Vicki is responsible for the smooth and efficient running of our organisation including finance and systems.

Kim Scott - Administrator

Kim is our first point of contact for clients and new enquiries.

The Trustees

Scarlett MccGwire

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 Hibbs

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 is head of Old Square Chambers.

Mark Hunt

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. He has been closely involved in the implementation and operation 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 the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA).
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