Lucy Miles

What Lucy can do for you

Lucy qualified as a Solicitor in 2012 and joined Hempsons in 2017.

Lucy advises clients on all aspects of employment law which arise during the course of an employment relationship and thereafter including recruitment, drafting contracts and handbooks / policies, holiday and holiday pay issues, maternity and other family related leave, sickness absence management, redundancy and restructuring, grievances and disciplinary matters, protected conversations, managing exits and settlement packages.

Lucy has experience of successfully bringing and defending a range of Employment Tribunal proceedings including claims for discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal. She also frequently resolves disputes successfully without recourse to the Employment Tribunal.

Lucy acts for NHS trusts, CCGs and national organisations in the public, private and third sectors and also for individuals. She also has experience of working in-house with a large professional regulatory body within the healthcare sector.

Main areas of expertise

  • Employment Tribunal claims
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Discrimination
  • Whistleblowing
  • Restructuring and redundancies
  • TUPE

The clients Lucy works with

  • NHS trusts
  • Private sector organisations
  • Individuals
  • Charities


  • Legal Practice Course – Distinction – 2009
  • LLB (First Class Honours) – 2008


  • ELA

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  • Higher standards expected of NHS trusts before dismissal for capability

    The recent case of Muller v London Ambulance Service NHS Trust has emphasised the need for NHS Trusts, as large, sophisticated employers with significant administrative resources, to take a more cautious approach and exhaust every other option before dismissing an employee by reason of capability. Mr Muller’s dismissal was found to be unfair and discriminatory, despite the fact that he had been absent from work for a year and had no predicted return-to-work date at the time he was dismissed.

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  • Update – Tax changes to termination payments

    Back in the 2016 Budget, the government announced that from April 2018, it would “reform and simplify” the taxation of termination payments. Following a technical consultation, the reforms expanded and now aim to "clarify and tighten" (i.e. increase) the taxation of such payments.

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  • Hempsons’ Healthcare Newsbrief 2018

    Welcome to this autumn edition of Hempsons’ Healthcare Newsbrief. It has been a busy few months for the NHS in the legal system with some ground-breaking decisions on key areas such as withdrawing clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration, fitness to practice and procurement.

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  • Being Paid to Sleep? Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake

    In Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake the Court of Appeal has determined that workers who “sleep in” at their workplace are not entitled to receive national minimum wage for periods when they are asleep. This is because time spent asleep in this way is properly characterised as time when an employee is ‘available for work’ rather than time when they are actually working.

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  • Can a disability account for bad behaviour?

    The recent Employment Tribunal decision of Wheeley v University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust serves as a timely reminder that where conduct issues are said to arise from an underlying mental health condition employers should be cautious of departing from medical opinion.

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