About Sorcha

Sorcha has lived in Luton for 24 years, taking only a brief spell out of the town to study a law degree in her favourite city, Liverpool. She returned home to study the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in London and completed her training contract at a local regional firm. Sorcha joined the Employment Department at Machins on qualification in June 2018.

Sorcha is described as a “breath of fresh air” by clients and that is due to her warm and supportive approach. Sorcha knows that it is important to be pragmatic especially when dealing with employment matters so that both employees and employers will know that their best interests are served in the round.

Testimonials

Despite my redundancy being such a horrid situation, it’s really been a pleasure working with you on the Settlement Agreement. You’ve been very patient and extremely helpful and I really do appreciate that. I’d like to use this opportunity to reiterate my thanks to you for all the excellent help and advice you gave me, making an awful situation much easier for me to get through!
As far as employment law advice is concerned I would wholeheartedly recommend Sorcha to anyone I know who finds themselves in similar circumstances to mine. News of my redundancy hit me like a wrecking ball and consequently I was feeling extremely vulnerable at our first meeting but quite apart from the excellent legal and professional advice she gave, I felt genuinely supported by her throughout the whole process. She was empathic, patient and beyond understanding. I couldn't have hoped for a better representative to support me during that awful period.

Latest news by Sorcha Monaghan

Confidential information: How to protect yours after staff leave employment?

P14 MEDICAL LIMITED v EDWARD MAHON [2020] The High Court has recently provided helpful guidance on post terminations and confidentiality restrictions in employment contracts in the case of P14 Medical Ltd v Edward Mahon. In this case an employer had sought to restrict a former employee with very extensive restrictions including a very wide definition

Employee suspensions: How long is too long?

In the recent case of Kathryn Hopkins v The Commissioners for her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) [2020], an employee was arrested by the police for serious criminal offences including a serious sexual offence. She disclosed the fact to her employer and was immediately suspended on full pay pending disciplinary proceedings for possible gross misconduct, with

Gender-fluid engineer wins discrimination case against Jaguar

A gender-fluid engineer who endured insults and jibes from fellow workers has won a discrimination claim against Jaguar Land Rover. The case involved Ms R Taylor who had worked for Jaguar for 20 years and had initially identified as male. She began identifying as gender fluid in 2017 and started dressing in women’s clothing. This

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