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Sarah Brett

Regional Head of HR & Legal - South

Solicitor, MA

[email protected], 01256 741 006

In her current role, Sarah wants others to excel and encourages team members to improve performance. She has worked as a Make UK Legal adviser for several years and is proud of the breadth of companies she supports. Sarah enjoys delivering training and finding practical commercial answers for those she advises.


Nevil Chesterfield

Principle Adviser

[email protected], 0117 906 4812

Nevil is a vastly experienced practitioner in all aspects of employment and discrimination law, particularly dismissals, disability, TUPE transfers and trade unions, including practical advice on industrial action. He has represented companies in Employment Tribunals, and advised in matters which successfully reached the Court of Appeal.


Tom Brennan

Senior Adviser

[email protected], 01256 763 969



Adam Parsons

Legal Adviser

[email protected], 0117 906 4817

Adam is an experienced employment solicitor. He qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and has more than 10 years’ experience in employment law. Prior to joining Make UK, Adam worked as a Senior Litigator for a large firm advising and representing individuals on the full range of employment law issues.


Simon Pender

Principal Adviser

BA (Hons), Solicitor

[email protected], 0117 906 4813

Principal Adviser at Make UK’s Reading office, Simon is an expert in representing employers in the Employment Tribunals, advising them in handling difficult employment relations problems and delivering training seminars and workshops.  He has a particular interest in issues relating TUPE.


Eleanor Cowen

Senior Adviser

LLB (Hons), Solicitor

[email protected], 01256 741027

Eleanor has 13 years’ experience advising on all aspects of employment law, including grievance and disciplinary, discrimination, TUPE and redundancy.  She is a highly experienced, pragmatic, realistic and commercially focussed adviser to employers, with a particular interest in training employees from the shop floor to the board room.  


Stephen Ellerby

Legal Adviser

LLB (Hons), Solicitor

[email protected], 0117 906 4825

Stephen qualified as a Solicitor in 2013 and has specialised purely in Employment Law.  Before joining Make UK, Stephen practised in an insurance funded law firm before spending two years in private practice. He specialises in all facets of Employment Law, including unfair dismissal, employment contracts, discrimination, TUPE, and whistleblowing.


Leah Shaw

Senior Adviser

LLB & Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice

[email protected], 0117 906 4829

Leah has specialised in employment law since qualifying as a solicitor in 2009. Leah undertakes both non-contentious and contentious work, supporting and advising SME and PLC organisations with internal processes (such as disciplinaries and redundancies) as well as representation at employment tribunal hearings. Leah also delivers training on employment law. 

Anisha Esmail

Senior Adviser

[email protected], 01256 741026

Anisha joined Make UK in May 2011 and holds a Masters in Law and Employment Relations from Leicester University. Anisha advises on all aspects of employment law, having a particular interest in discrimination and TUPE.  She regularly represents employers in employment tribunal proceedings and has provided bespoke training to companies in-house. 


Clare Riches

Senior HR Consultant

[email protected], 0117 974 4288

Clare offers +25 years generalist HR experience within manufacturing and engineering sectors delivering operational and strategic HR projects including improved employee engagement, culture change and operational efficiency. Since joining Make UK in 2012 she delivers HR consultancy projects including training with infectious enthusiasm and a strong, positive and professional approach.