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Clare Ward, Partner

Clare Ward


Practice areas

  • Consumer
  • Employment law
  • Employment litigation and dispute resolution
  • HR Consultancy

Practice notes

Clare is a Partner in our Employment, Labor and Pensions group. She supports employers in all employment matters whilst focusing on Labour Relations and Employee Wellbeing. Clare carried out her training contract in-house with the Co-operative Insurance Society. She qualified in 2003 with a trade union firm and spent four years acting for trade unions and their members, gaining valuable experience and insight before joining Eversheds Sutherland in 2007.

Clare now spends her time helping employers define their trade union relationships and providing critical support if relationships breakdown. She drafts collective agreements as part of helping clients review their relationships. Clare supports restructuring and TUPE exercises where careful management of the trade union relationship can be crucial. Where clients do not wish to engage with trade unions, she defends applications for statutory recognition. Clare also defends failure to provide information claims, I&C complaints, unlawful inducements claims and blacklisting complaints. Clare advises strategically when employers are faced with industrial action and has obtained industrial action injunctions. Clare leads the relationship with a number of clients predominately from the transport, manufacturing and education sectors.

Clare has gained significant experience supporting employers in their employee wellbeing agendas and presents on various wellbeing subjects both publicly and in-house.