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Alison Woods

Co-Head of Employment

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

Alison is the co-head of the CMS UK employment team, and has over 15 years’ experience working with employer and senior executive clients. Alison works across a range of sectors, and has particular depth in energy matters, where she has an enviable client base.

Alison has a strong interest in assisting clients through business change, which sees her advising on collective level change, the employment aspects of corporate transactions, TUPE/business transfers and restructures. She is frequently called on to support sensitive issues at boardroom level, and supports clients in management reorganisations and employee/industrial relations matters, from strategic input through to implementation. On a day-to-day basis Alison advises clients on their full range of employment needs, from policy drafting, to defending tribunal claims.

Alison has expertise in HR data privacy issues, and regularly works alongside colleagues on data privacy compliance. She is also a board member of the CMS international employment practice, and has wide experience working on and project-managing international instructions.

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"She has an ability to wade through complex issues and explain the best solutions quickly in layperson's terms."

Chambers 2018

"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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  • 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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July 2020
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07 July 2020
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March 2020
CMS On your radar | Is­sue 12
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18 May 2020
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November 2019
CMS On your radar | Is­sue 11
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05 February 2020
Are you ready? Two months to ex­ten­sion of off-payroll work­ing rules (IR35)...
Not­with­stand­ing the cur­rent gov­ern­ment re­view in­to im­ple­ment­a­tion of the April 2020 changes to the off-payroll work­ing rules (IR35), there is no sug­ges­tion that the ex­ist­ing timetable has changed. In­deed...
August 2019
On your radar | Is­sue 10
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02 December 2019
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May 2019
CMS On your radar
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27 March 2019
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