The specialist employment and education teams at law firm Ward Hadaway have been strengthened further with the appointment of Polly O’Malley.
Polly, who joins the firm as an associate, advises on a wide spectrum of employment issues, from recruitment and pre-retention matters through to dismissal as well as contested tribunal cases and issues arising from the enforcement of post-termination restrictive covenants.
She has particular expertise in the education sector where her experience includes advising on appraisal and performance management, admissions and appeals, exclusions and special education needs issues.
Polly also provides legal advice on restructuring and redundancy, performance-related pay, national terms and liaising with trade unions on collective bargaining issues.
She said: “It is great to be joining Ward Hadaway. Much of my work is about helping schools and academies of all types deal with employment and HR issues so it is terrific to be joining a firm with such a strong reputation for its employment and education expertise.
“I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in helping schools and academies deal with a wide range of different issues.”
Graham Shaw, partner and head of education at Ward Hadaway, added: “We are delighted to welcome Polly to the team.
“She is highly respected by schools and academies and so her energy, experience and expertise will be of great benefit to the growing list of schools and academies we work with.
“Her recruitment, together with our existing team, gives us real strength in depth when it comes to employment and HR issues right across the education sector.”