I joined Porter Dodson in November 2022, having relocated from Lancashire to Somerset. Prior to this, I headed up the Employment team at a large regional firm in Lancashire. I qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and specialise in Employment law.

    I act predominantly for employers across a wide range of sectors, as well as senior execs and employees, undertaking all types of Employment work, including day to day HR advice, through to Employment Tribunal claims, and advising on the employment aspects of buying or selling a business. 

    Building a strong relationship with my clients is key, and I aim to understand their business needs and requirements to ensure that I can tailor my advice, to achieve the best possible outcome in any situation. 

    I am married with two young sons and enjoy spending my spare time getting out and about to explore the local area. I enjoy playing hockey and paddle boarding. 


    Responsive, Supportive, Clear, Knowledgeable, Understanding, Act with integrity.

    Mr A Fowler

    I would like to let you know how much I appreciate yourself for all your help with the situation I was in. I can not thank you enough! I will also be recommending you and Porter Dodson to my friends as a very high standards solicitors.

    Both Dawn and Kate were exceptional to deal with. Very calm and reassuring which was a great comfort to me. I couldn't fault anything they did and was very pleased with the support they showed me.
    Employment client
    My initial call was quickly routed to an appropriate solicitor, who quickly understood my needs and urgency. What to me was a confusing legal issue was calmly and clearly explained, so I had clarity on actions needed, and relevant dates. I was given the support and advice I needed throughout the process and all communication was professional, friendly, on time and easy to understand. I felt secure, well looked after and trusted Kate every step of the way. Kate has done an exemplary job and was a pleasure to deal with and I would highly recommend Kate and the Porter Dodson team to anyone in need of legal assistance. The administrative element of registering as a client was deftly handled by Dawn, with an easy to follow and complete process.
    J James
    You've been a real support and voice of reason, in a matter I've found confusing and upsetting at times - your calm and clear approach has been much appreciated.
    Employment Client
    Second occasion I have used Porter Dodson and on both, the team have been efficient and importantly address questions promptly.
    Mr M Cairns

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