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Gillian MacLellan

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1 West Regent Street
Glasgow
G2 1AP
United Kingdom
Languages English

Gillian MacLellan is a partner in our UK Employment Team working with clients in various sectors across the UK, advising on both contentious employment matters and transactional work; the common thread in both areas is her ability and determination to get a great result for her client. Gillian works regularly with clients in the financial services and energy sectors where her industry experience ensures her advice is well rounded and fit for purpose. Gillian frequently advises clients with a global footprint meaning she has strong experience of the challenges for international employers, both from a compliance and a culture perspective. An area of keen interest for Gillian is supporting on diversity & inclusion and in this space, by way of example, she has worked with employers on global diversity reviews, advised on the roll out of D&I reporting projects and supported employers on complex internal harassment complaints as well as defending discrimination claims before the Employment Tribunal.

Gillian is a regular speaker at conferences and an author for LexisNexis and XpertHR. She also writes monthly for The Herald on issues of interest to employers.

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"Provides a fantastic service and her response times are great" and "she is very solution driven and knows how to make the law work for us".

Chambers

"down to earth and easy to work with" and "hardworking, focused and non-pretentious."

Legal 500

Commended for her "professional and pragmatic counsel".

Legal 500

Relevant experience

  • The Scottish public sector on the complex employment issues arising out of its GBP 100m+ wide area network contract with Capita and supporting through competitive bid dialogue.
  • A major energy client on major change project involving the closure of a UK site and transfer of activities to different jurisdictions outside of the UK.
  • Clients on Employment Tribunals across the UK, including a multiparty action arising out of a large scale redundancy exercise, whistleblowing claims, discrimination actions and cases involving alleged breach of financial services regulations.
  • A major financial institution on the TUPE and employment related issues arising out of its GBP 700m datacentre/infrastructure outsourcing to IBM.
  • 9 month secondment to Employee Relations team of HBOS (now LTSB) during period of major organisational change for the client.
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Education

  • 2000 - Dip LP, Glasgow Graduate School of Law, Glasgow
  • 1999 - LLB (Hons), University of Glasgow, Glasgow
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09/11/2022
Heads-up on har­ass­ment changes
The Gov­ern­ment has giv­en sup­port to a Private Mem­ber’s bill which will change the law on sexu­al har­ass­ment. The Work­er Pro­tec­tion (Amend­ment of Equal­ity Act 2010) Bill (the Bill) in­tro­duces a duty on...
14/12/2022
Cur­rent Is­sues in Con­ten­tious Fin­an­cial Reg­u­la­tion - Part 4
Apo­lo­gies, but the wrong re­gis­tra­tion link was used in the pre­vi­ous in­vite. If you would like to re­gister for this event, please use the cor­rect link be­low.Some­times things don’t go to plan and when...
23/09/2022
ESG: Pay Gap Re­port­ing – a tan­gible way to show pro­gress un­der the S 
In the second of our ESG series look­ing at em­ploy­ment law and ESG, we ex­plore the role of pay gap re­port­ing as a way of demon­strat­ing a com­pany’s so­cial cre­den­tials. One of the cent­ral chal­lenges for...
06/09/2022
CMS Ex­pert Guide on dis­crim­in­a­tion in the work­place
Meas­ures to en­sure that cit­izens are treated equally and re­spect­fully, re­gard­less of gender, eth­ni­city, age, sexu­al­ity, be­liefs and oth­er cri­ter­ia have wit­nessed con­stant evol­u­tion over the past 75 years.From...
Comparable
20/10/2021
The S in ESG: The role of HR
As ESG be­comes an in­creas­ingly im­port­ant factor for or­gan­isa­tions, what role can HR play in shap­ing the ESG agenda? In our guide the em­ploy­ment team dis­cuss the S in ESG and the role of HR. 
29/07/2021
Prac­tic­al steps to sup­port trans em­ploy­ees in the work­place
In the third and fi­nal law-now in our series about sup­port­ing trans em­ploy­ees we dis­cuss the prac­tic­al steps em­ploy­ers can take to ad­apt their policies and pro­cesses and train staff. In our pre­vi­ous Law-Nows...
22/07/2021
Gov­ern­ment an­nounces new duty on em­ploy­ers to pre­vent sexu­al har­ass­ment...
Yes­ter­day the Gov­ern­ment pub­lished its long awaited re­sponse to the Con­sulta­tion on sexu­al har­ass­ment in the work­place. Al­though em­ploy­ers have been bound by non-dis­crim­in­a­tion and har­ass­ment ob­lig­a­tions...
27/05/2021
Trans em­ploy­ee rights in the work­place: avoid­ing leg­al risks
In the second of our series ex­plor­ing trans rights in the work­place, we look at risk areas for em­ploy­ers high­lighted by re­cent case law. Equal­ity train­ing for staff can help to pre­vent claims based on...
25/05/2021
Man­aging in­vest­ig­a­tions: plan­ning pres­sures and pit­falls video series
With more in­tern­al re­port­ing of con­cerns with­in busi­nesses thanks to im­proved train­ing and con­trols, and with com­plex reg­u­lat­ory, crim­in­al and HR in­vest­ig­a­tions be­com­ing more com­mon­place, cor­por­ates need...
22/04/2021
What does the fu­ture hold for eth­ni­city pay gap re­port­ing?
While the me­dia has fo­cussed its at­ten­tion on what the re­port by the Com­mis­sion on Race and Eth­nic Dis­par­it­ies (“CRE”) (the “Re­port”) says about in­sti­tu­tion­al ra­cism in the UK, there are sev­er­al...
23/03/2021
Trans em­ploy­ee rights in the work­place
A re­cent rul­ing has ex­ten­ded pro­tec­tion against work­place dis­crim­in­a­tion to non-bin­ary and gender flu­id em­ploy­ees. Des­pite in­creas­ing aware­ness in this area, in our ex­per­i­ence, there is still a gap in...
09/03/2021
ESG Ex­change
Wel­come to ‘ESG Ex­change’ - con­ver­sa­tions about the real world im­plic­a­tions of ESG to help man­age busi­ness risk and identi­fy op­por­tun­it­ies. ESG (en­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance) is­sues are in­creas­ingly...