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Catriona Aldridge

Senior Associate

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Saltire Court
20 Castle Terrace
Edinburgh
EH1 2EN
United Kingdom
Languages English, French

Catriona Aldridge is a Senior Associate in the employment department.

Praised by clients for her willingness to “get to know the client's organisation” and for her ability to put "complex matters in an easy to understand way", Catriona brings her enthusiasm for understanding her clients' organisations, whether they be private or public sector, to all of her work.

As an associate within the CMS employment team, Catriona represents clients at employment tribunal in relation to complaints including equal pay and discrimination and, because litigation is not always the answer, has helped clients resolve employee disputes through mediation.

Catriona is skilled at advising on sensitive employee relations issues and regularly drafts employment contracts and policies for a range of global clients. A key part of her role is providing training to clients on developments in the field.

Catriona joined CMS as a trainee in 2005 and has been ranked as “One to Watch” by Chambers. 

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Relevant experience

  • Project managing the workload created by the multiple equal pay claims lodged against a local authority, together with representing the local authority at the Employment Tribunal and providing strategic advice on issues relating to job evaluation, implementation of the new pay and grading model, pay protection and the management of employee appeals, among other things.
  • Regularly appearing at Employment Tribunal on behalf of a media company on an advocacy basis. This service involves attending preliminary and full Hearings across the full spectrum of employment law claims, often on short notice, having received a brief and a set of papers.
  • Providing on-going TUPE support to a University for over a year in relation to a transfer arising from a new contract won by the University.
  • Providing a monthly legal clinic to a non-departmental public body.
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Education

  • 2005 – Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
  • 2004 – LL.B (Distinction), University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
  • 2002 – BA (Hons), History with French, University of Durham, Durham
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14 October 2020
The gender pay gap in a COV­ID-19 world – are we fall­ing back on old habits?
In our pre­vi­ous Law-Now art­icles in this series, we have looked at the im­pact of COV­ID-19 on vari­ous as­pects of di­versity. In this Law-Now we con­sider why the COV­ID-19 crisis threatens the (al­beit gradu­al!)...
14 February 2020
Round three: Gender Pay Gap Re­port­ing
As we ap­proach the third year of gender pay gap re­port­ing, or­gan­isa­tions that are in scope should be car­ry­ing out their cal­cu­la­tions, and think­ing about how to frame their pay gap mes­sage. If your or­gan­isa­tion...
04 December 2019
Know­ledge of whis­tleblow­ing
Does a de­cision maker need to be aware of the whis­tleblow­ing al­leg­a­tions be­fore an em­ploy­ee can suc­cess­fully claim auto­mat­ic un­fair dis­missal on the basis she has been dis­missed prin­cip­ally for hav­ing...
25 March 2019
Mass Equal Pay Claims – Are You Next?
Around 30,000 shop floor work­ers have cleared the latest hurdle in their equal pay chal­lenge against their su­per­mar­ket em­ploy­er, as a res­ult of the Court of Ap­peal’s de­cision in ASDA v Bri­er­ley. The c...
04 March 2019
Year 2 Gender Pay Gap Re­port­ing – Guid­ance to get you over the line
It’s not long un­til 4 April 2019, the dead­line for private sec­tor year 2 gender pay gap (GPG) re­ports to be sub­mit­ted. Last year, ac­cord­ing to Pay­Gaps.com, 87% of or­gan­isa­tions sub­mit­ted their GPG re­port i...
01 March 2017
A Strik­ing Change? Main Pro­vi­sions of Trade Uni­on Act 2016 come in­to force...
From 1 March 2017 the land­scape of in­dus­tri­al ac­tion in the UK will change, as the main pro­vi­sions of the Trade Uni­on Act 2016 (the TU Act) come in­to force. Stem­ming from a gov­ern­ment mani­festo com­mit­ment,...
01 June 2016
Equal pay in the private sec­tor
A group of around 400 fe­male work­ers at ASDA will take on their em­ploy­er in a pay dis­crim­in­a­tion hear­ing which be­gins in June. The Bri­er­ley v ASDA case re­volves around the mainly shop floor work­ers for...