Elizabeth Stephenson


Elizabeth (‘Liz’) Stephenson is Deputy Head of Pattinson & Brewer’s Employment Department.

Praised by clients and peers for her unswerving commitment to better employment rights and access to justice, Liz has vast experience of individual and group employment claims.

Working exclusively, in her own words, on the “side of the angels” she has supported working people from across all sectors, as well as championing the rights of Trade Unions and their members for over 14 years. She is a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer and is recognised as an expert in this field (https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/features/trade-unions-come-together/5059698.article) and.

Liz has won countless cases, covering the whole range of employment claims, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistle-blowing, national minimum wage TUPE and redundancy consultation claims. She has succeeded in achieving numerous six figure settlements. She also advises on industrial disputes in a wide variety of industrial sectors and advises trade unions themselves on head office matters.

An experienced employment law trainer, Liz delivers practical and popular training to a diverse audience, including tailored courses for trade union reps to help them help others.

She is also an accomplished speaker on all things employment, appearing at local and national conferences. ACAS East of England’s feedback was that 35 out of 35 delegates at a recent event gave her the highest score of “very good” for her knowledge and presentation skills.

Liz obtained a 2:1 in her English and Theatre Studies degree at the University of Leeds in 2001, before getting the legal bug working at a high street practice. She then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester, both with distinction.

She qualified as a solicitor in 2006 at Simpson Millar, and has specialised in employment law ever since. She joined us in 2007 and brings intellectual rigour coupled with a natural and genuine commitment and warmth to her clients and their causes. Approachable and with a quiet determination, she inspires confidence in all those she helps and is praised for her clear and helpful advice.

When she is not working away in the office she likes to get outdoors, running, walking and seeking out mountain tops.

Liz is on the Institute of Employment Rights Executive Committee and is also a member of the Industrial Law Society and Employment Lawyers Association.