Gemma Bailey

Principal Associate
Employment & Immigration

Gemma is a Principal Associate in our Employment and Immigration team.

She joined the team in January 2023 and advises on contentious and non-contentious employment issues, providing guidance to businesses and individuals on all aspects of employment law and human resources.

Gemma qualified in 2008 and has since acquired extensive experience in employment tribunal litigation. She has a particular interest in complex disputes such as whistleblowing and discrimination.

In addition, Gemma provides training, workshops and advice for human resource professionals on a range of topics, including employment law updates, discipline, grievances, discrimination and whistleblowing. Gemma was also a lecturer at University of South Wales where she delivered the Employment Law module on the CIPD recognised Human Resources Management course.

Gemma has volunteered as a Pro Bono Employment Law Adviser at LawWorks since 2009.

Gemma Bailey is a fabulous and experienced employment specialist. She successfully manages the needs of clients whilst delivering a personalised service. She adapts to ensure that the individual needs of her clients are met whilst ensuring the provision of exceptional quality advice.”

Legal 500 2023

  • Acted for an Employment Tribunal (ET) Respondent who was confronted with multiple grievances and a subsequent constructive dismissal and discrimination ET complaint. The work included HR advice prior to litigation beginning, as to management of the grievances. The grievance strategy adopted was heavily relied upon in the ET defence and ultimately led to the Claimant deciding to withdraw all claims.
  • Negotiated a severance package on behalf of an individual seeking to leave 10+ year employment following changes in senior management and advised the client on the settlement agreement terms.
  • Acted for an ET Claimant pursuing claims related to constructive dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination.
  • Advised a Senior Leadership individual accused of misconduct who held counteraccusations of harassment and age discrimination. Advice related to each of the disciplinary and grievance procedures, together with without prejudice discussion strategy and settlement agreement.
  • Advised a small employer with limited HR resources in respect of sequential allegations of sexual harassment by one employee against another.
  • Acted for an ET Claimant pursuing claims of alleged disability discrimination including participation in a two-day independent mediation, which resulted in full and final resolution of the active ET claim and pending future claims.
  • Employment Tribunal litigation
  • Unfair and wrongful dismissal
  • Discrimination
  • Whistleblowing claims
  • Senior Executive dismissals and exit negotiations
  • Post-termination restrictions
  • Service agreements and consultancy agreements
  • Drafting and negotiating complex contracts and policies
  • HR Advice
  • Employment law training


  • Principal Associate, Capital Law Limited (Jul 2023 – present)
  • Senior Associate, Capital Law Limited (Jan 2023 – Jun 2023)
  • Partner & Head of Department, Howells Solicitors (Feb 2019 – Nov 2022)
  • Associate, Howells Solicitors (Jul 2017 – Feb 2019)
  • University Lecturer, University of South Wales (Jan 2017 – Aug 2018)
  • Owner, Where’s That Bean? (Aug 2016 – May 2017)
  • Associate, Blake Morgan LLP (formerly Morgan Cole) (Apr 2014 – Aug 2016)
  • Solicitor, Morgan Cole (Jun 2008 – Apr 2014)
  • Trainee Solicitor, Morgan Cole (Sep 2006 – Jun 2008)
  • Pro Bono Employment Law Adviser, LawWorks (Jan 2009 – present)


  • Cardiff University: LPC (2004 – 2005)
  • Cardiff University: LLB, Law and Criminology (2000 – 2003)

Memberships / Trustee Positions

  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Employment Lawyers’ Association


  • Italian (Elementary proficiency)