Sarah Fraser-Butlin (Chair): Employment law barrister at Cloisters and Affiliated Lecturer in Labour law at the University of Cambridge. She is considered to be an outstanding advocate, who is pragmatic and has excellent client skills. She has also published regularly on a variety of employment law topics. For further details see:

Charles Wynn-Evans (Vice-Chair): Charles is a partner at Dechert, a fee paid employment judge in the Birmingham region and occasional contributor of casenotes to the ILJ.

Robert Lewis (Vice-Chair) is a solicitor at Farrer & Co advising employers and senior executives on all aspects of employment law, with a particular interest in the financial services, education and sports sectors. Robert trained at Farrer & Co and qualified in 2013. Prior to converting to law, Robert taught history at a secondary school in Birmingham.

Officers: Treasurer

Nike Balogun (Treasurer): Employment Judge

Rachel Wedderspoon (Secretary): Barrister, Nine St John Street Chambers

Ordinary Members

Shubha Banerjee: solicitor at Leigh Day specialising in employment and trade union law.

Anna Beale: Anna is a barrister at Cloisters chambers. She has specialised in employment and discrimination law for over ten years and is recommended as a leading Employment junior by Chambers UK and the Legal 500. She represents both claimants and respondents and has extensive trial and appellate experience. Anna is the co-author of “Employment Law and Human Rights” (OUP, 2007), “Age and Employment” (European Commission, 2011) and “Discrimination in Employment: a claims handbook” (LAG, 2013).

Iain Birrell: Partner and the National Case Management Coordinator for Thompsons’s specialist Trade Union Law Group with 21 years’ experience. Also a member of the Employment Law Committee of the Law Society.

Susan Harris: Solicitor, Director of Legal Services GMB since March 2018, particularly dealing with collective issues. Previously employed at Thompsons Solicitors for 28 years acting for union members on an individual and collective basis. Susan is committed to maintaining the wide spectrum of participation in ILS from trade unions, lawyers and academics.

Andrew James: Solicitor at Slater & Gordon (UK) LLP.  Elected onto the Committee n 2019 after being a co-opted member of the ILS Executive Committee for many years due to his role in organising Sheffield meetings for the Society. 

Omar Khalil: Omar is Head of Legal for Make UK’s (formerly EEF) Key Accounts. He is also responsible for managing Make UK’s HR and legal teams in the South (Reading & Bristol). He ensures members receive support on day-to-day ER/HR issues, that they’re fully backed in the event of a crisis, and that they’re kept up to date with employment legislation changes.

Omar joined EEF in 1999 as a legal adviser. A qualified solicitor, he worked in a private practice in Chiswick, London for 6 years before joining EEF, specialising in civil litigation, property law and employment law. At EEF, who represent 2500 manufacturing, engineering and technology businesses, he has acquired vast experience of working in employment litigation, non-contentious employment law and employment relations in England, Scotland and Wales. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, as well as sitting on the National User Group for Employment Tribunals in England and Wales. In the past, he’s represented EEF’s views on policy developments to the Ministry of Justice. Omar was appointed on to the Executive Committee of the Industrial Law society (ILS) in 2015 and re-elected in 2019. He has also spoken on Brexit & Employment Law at the Westminster Employment Forum.

Dr John McMullen: Partner, Stone King Solicitors LLP, Visiting Professor of Law, Durham University; Visiting Professor, Leeds University Business School. John has 26 years experience in employment law, is a leading author in the field of employment law and his publications include Business Transfers and Employee Rights, the leading work on TUPE, and Redundancy: The Law and Practice.  He is an Editor of Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law.

Rakesh Patel: Solicitor and National Head, Thompsons Employment Rights Strategy, responsible for the strategic and operational work of the employment law teams within the firm, acting for trade unions and their members. Welcome the opportunity to ensure continued participation in the Society of a multi-disciplinary perspective a valuable and unique quality.

Louise Rea is an Employment Solicitor at Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP. Having started her career in the public sector defending equal pay claims, she now has a diverse practice advising predominantly respondents from the charity and not-for-profit sector, with a special interest in educational institutions, as well as commercial organisations. She is an experienced legal trainer and tribunal advocate.

Madeline Stanley: Old Square Chambers

Anita Vadgama: Solicitor at Didlaw Limited, acting predominantly for Claimants, particularly dealing with disability and sex discrimination claims. Seeking to be more actively involved in the Society. Committed to maintaining the wide spectrum of involvement and participation in the Society from lawyers, trade unions and academics.

Emma Zarb: Senior Associate at Dechert LLP advising on all aspects of employment law. Elected to the Executive Committee in 2019 to try to encourage more junior members of the profession to attend future ILS seminars and events.