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Eleanor Cowen

Head of HR and Legal – South

LLB (Hons), Solicitor

[email protected], 01256 741027

Eleanor manages Make UK’s HR and Legal team in the South, who together advise companies from Kent to Cornwall.   She has over 15 years’ experience advising on all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non, including changing contractual terms, discrimination, TUPE and redundancy.  She is a highly experienced, pragmatic and commercially focussed adviser to employers, with a particular interest in training employees from the shopfloor to the boardroom

Tom Brennan

Senior Adviser

MBA Chartered FCIPD

[email protected], 01256 763 969

Tom joined Make UK as an Employee Relations Executive in 1991 and has been a member of the HR & Legal team since 1993.  Tom is an employment law and employee relations specialist, managing complex Employment Tribunal cases, advising on contentious employment relations issues and successfully defending a number of claims for Statutory Trade Union Recognition. He is one of our staff representatives and was a Member Nominated Director of the Pension Fund Trustee Company from 2004-2017.

Adam Parsons

Senior 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.


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. 

Gavin Dando

Senior Adviser 

LLB (Hons), Solicitor

[email protected], 0117 906 4821

Gavin had already accrued more than 5 years' experience in employment law prior to his qualification as a solicitor in 2017. Since then he has continued to specialise solely in Employment Law. Prior to joining Make UK, Gavin managed a team of lawyers at an insurance funded firm which acted on behalf of both Claimants and Respondents in all types of contentious employment matters.


Adam Pincott

Legal Adviser

A First-class Degree in Law and achieved a grade of Outstanding on the Bar Professional Training Course

Adam is an experienced Employment Law practitioner, specialising in complex Employment Tribunal litigation and advocacy.  Prior to joining Make UK, Adam was an Associate on the complex case team within a law firm and assisted in the training of junior lawyers. Adam lectures on the postgraduate professional law courses at the University of the West of England in Bristol. Outside the field of law, Adam also has experience in critical national infrastructure safety and security, having worked in nuclear, gas and government facilities.


Molly Charles

Legal Adviser


Molly joined Make UK in 2014 and is a qualified Legal Adviser, advising on all aspects of employment law, with a particular interest in discrimination and gender pay.  She writes and delivers bespoke training courses in-house to members on a range of employment law topics