I provide clear and pragmatic advice to both employers and employees on a wide range of employment law issues and disputes. This includes advising on disciplinaries and grievances, unfair dismissal claims, discrimination and redundancies. I regularly draft and provide advice on employment contracts, consultancy agreements and settlement agreements. I also work closely with our corporate and commercial teams in relation to the employment law aspects of mergers and acquisitions.
Notable Work Highlights
- Assisting and advising a client through each stage of a complex grievance procedure in relation to disability discrimination.
- Working closely with our corporate and family teams to advice on the employment issues arising from a divorce and company exit. Negotiating a settlement agreement and advising the client on the complex terms to secure their departure from the company particularly in light of the personal relationships involved.
- Drafting the employement contracts, consultancy agreements and staff handbook for a start-up business.
What others say
“I have found Kira responsive and supportive from the moment I was referred to her. With her immediate grasp of the facts and her calm reassuring manner she has brought a pragmatic and well informed approach to everything she’s done for me. I’ve appreciated her warmth and good humour and would recommend her to anyone looking for support with employer grievances/ potential settlement negotiations.” – Individual Client
“Your support has made all the difference to help cope and navigate through what has been an extremely challenging time, giving me the confidence to make good decisions throughout. I would highly recommend you and your firm. Thank you so much.” – Individual Client
“I’m just dropping you a note to say a big thank you for the support and advice that you provided recently. It was extremely helpful that you were able to make yourself available at times that were convenient for me. Also, your prompt answers to my questions meant that I could move things forward quickly. You highlighted a number of areas for me to consider and, in doing so, you provided the right amount of detail in your explanation. Therefore, everything was made clear and I really appreciated the combination of your technical knowledge coupled with a level of pragmatism. Your approach enabled me to achieve the best outcome, and quickly. Thank you!” – HR Consultant
“Kira McKane of Trethowans helped me in setting up a contract of employment for our new managing director at FLUX Pumps Int. (UK) Ltd. FLUX Pumps (UK) is a subsidiary of FLUX-GERAETE GMBH, a German manufacturer of drum and container pumps. Kira´s help was very efficient and professional, especially for a German, who is not well informed about British employment law. She was very clear in telling me, which items needed to be in the contract and which items could be negotiated. It was always a pleasure to speak or write to her and I would absolutely recommend her (and Trethowans in general) to others that are searching for an employment advice.”
"Your expertise and assistance on this matter has been exceptional and very well received. You really have helped put my mind at ease and rest assured should my colleagues ever find themselves in a situation that would require your services, I will not hesitate to recommend you. You have made handling a legitimus situation extremely easy." - Client (2021)