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Alison Woods

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
6 Queens Road
Aberdeen
AB15 4ZT
United Kingdom
Languages English

Alison Woods leads the CMS Human Capital (Employment & Pensions) Team in Scotland.

She has specialised in employment law throughout her career, acting for employer and senior executive clients. 

Alison advises on the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law, with particular depth in the oil and gas industry, working closely with the firm's energy, projects and construction group. She is praised for assisting clients through business change, and is frequently called upon to support sensitive issues at boardroom level.

Alison is regularly involved in delivering seminars and training for a wide range of clients, and has generally built a reputation for providing timely, commercial, jargon-free advice. 

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"friendly, always practical, pragmatic and responsive."

Chambers, 2016

“always ready to assist, and challenge where appropriate”.

Legal 500

Relevant experience

  • Numerous energy companies on restructure and collective redundancies.
  • Various oil service companies on corporate and asset acquisitions (TUPE), including all aspects of employment diligence and (post) transactional support.
  • A unionised business on industrial relations issues and related negotiations.
  • A large financial services provider on its acquisition and integration of additional business streams.
  • An aviation business on tribunal claims including discrimination.
  • An oil and gas operator on its deepening of its staff model and resulting service provision change.
  • An international drilling contractor on European data privacy compliance.
  • An oil major on various transactions in its disposal of offshore assets.
  • An international employer on the variation of contractual bonus arrangements.
  • A subsea company on a bespoke management training programme.
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Education

2006 – admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales

2001 – Admitted as a solicitor in Scotland, and Notary Public

2000 - Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen

1999 - LLB (Hons), University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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17/06/2015
Transformation: The Future of North Sea Oil and Ga...
16/03/2017
Headscarves and discrimination in the workplace
Contrary to the headlines, the ECJ did not rule that employers are able to ban headscarves at work. Rather, the judgement explains that a headscarf ban at work - which was part of a wider policy on religious neutrality - did not constitute direct discrimination.
17/07/2014
CMS guide to Employment issues in an M&A transacti...
14/02/2017
Court of Appeal rules on Pimlico Plumbers worker status claim
The Court of Appeal has upheld the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision that one of Pimlico Plumbers’ operatives was a worker rather than self-employed.   This is the highest court decision in a recent stream of cases involving similar claims from individuals.
07/12/2016
Final Gender Pay Gap Regulations published
Now that the final version of the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 (the Regulations) have been published, we are in a position to advise employers on the way forward with the detail around the calculation and publication process.
01/11/2016
The gig economy: key decision on employment status
Uber is a software platform which connects passengers to drivers of cars available for private hire through a smartphone app. The passenger submits a request for a pick-up, which the Uber platform sends to drivers who are in the area and logged into the app.
13/10/2016
Holiday pay update: Lock v British Gas
In a decision that will come as no surprise the Court of Appeal has confirmed that commission should be included in holiday pay. What is helpful for employers is the fact that the Court of Appeal ruled that in Mr Lock’s claim his commission should be calculated.
04/10/2016
Failure to pay enhanced shared parental pay amounted to sex discr...
An employment tribunal has ruled that an employer’s failure to pay enhanced shared parental pay, where it already paid enhanced maternity pay, amounted to indirect sex discrimination. This is the first reported decision challenging a failure to offer equivalent.
18/07/2016
The ACAS Code of Practice and ill health dismissals
The recent EAT case of Holmes v QinetiQ Limited has clarified the scope of the ACAS Code of Practice (“the Code”) on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures and confirmed that it does not apply to ill health dismissals.
11/07/2016
Protected conversations and waiver: a word of warning!
In the first appellate case to discuss “protected conversations” the EAT handed down important guidance on the scope of the statutory protection and how it interacts with “without prejudice” privilege under common law.
24/06/2016
Brexit: Employment and Immigration
This morning we learned that the outcome of the referendum was a vote for the United Kingdom to leave the EU. Many businesses will be moving into a period of uncertainty as to what exactly Leave means for their workforce needs both domestically and internationally.