Abel-Brown HR is owned and run by Louise Brown. She completed her legal studies at the College of Law in Guildford. Louise qualified as a solicitor in 1993 with Hammond Suddards in London, a major national law firm.
Louise has a particular specialism in sex discrimination claims, and has achieved many successful outcomes for female employees.
Louise has taken a multitude of claims to the County Court, High Court, Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.
Louise recently took a case to the Court of Appeal, this being the case of Keeley v Fosroc International Ltd [2006] All ER (D) 65 where she acted for the Claimant. The Court of Appeal reversed the decision of the High Court and gave judgment in favour of the Claimant. This was an important case dealing with the effect of company handbooks, and when their provisions are incorporated into the employee's contract of employment.
Other important cases dealt with by Louise include Grimley v Turner and Jarvis [2004] All ER (D) 20 in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, on the law relating to disability discrimination where she acted for the Claimant and the appeal was allowed in favour of the Claimant.
Louise also dealt with the case of Gilkes v Northamptonshire County Council [2006] All ER (D) 307 in the Employment Appeal Tribunal which considered the liability to pay employees compensation for unfair dismissal when the employee was employed by the governing body of a school. The appeal was allowed in favour of the Claimant in part.
Although Louise is a qualified solicitor she also offers this service to employers not in her capacity as a solicitor but as a Human Resources Advisor for all Human Resources issues.
In particular Louise can offer a competitive service to charities as her services are free of VAT - something charities cannot reclaim. Louise has a particular interest in assisting charities with any employee issues.
Louise's interests include reading, cinema, the theatre, eating out and spending time with her three young children.