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Gordon Dadds Hosts the Board of Deputies of British Jews

Written by Marie van der Zyl

On 3 September 2015 Gordon Dadds hosted the launch event for the Employer’s Guide to Judaism, created and published by the Board of Deputies of British Jews. The special guest speaker for the event was the Right Honourable Iain Duncan Smith, MP, with Gordon Dadds very own Marie van der Zyl also speaking in her capacity as Vice President of the Board.

The handbook which was launched is a practical guide for employers, and indeed useful to employees, outlining the different ways in which the practice of Judaism may impact on or affect the workplace, and practical tips for dealing with this.

An article has been published on this event in The Jewish Chronical Online which is available here.

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Marie van der Zyl

I have 27 years post qualification experience. Before joining Gordon Dadds in April 2014, I was a Partner in Booth and Blackwell , Kingsford Stacey and Head of Employment in Davenport Lyons. I am now a partner in the employment team at Gordon Dadds and spend 100% of my time dealing with employment law matters. After graduating with a law degree from what is now Liverpool John Moores University, I began my legal career at Booth & Blackwell, where I was made partner. I joined the Gordon Dadds team in April 2014 from Davenport Lyons, where I held the role of partner and head of employment for over ten years. I am a trusted advisor with an established reputation and ability to deliver results for clients using my excellent strategic and legal skills. I have considerable commercial acumen and am very approachable. I advise on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, principally working with employers and senior executives. I have advised on partnership issues as well as the full range of employment law issues, including business restructures and reorganisations (including large scale redundancy exercises, outsourcing and TUPE), unfair dismissal, team moves, enforcing restrictive covenants, handling dismissals and negotiating settlement agreements across a number of sectors (including Financial Services and Professional Practices), breach of contract, and a range of day-to-day employment matters such as disciplinary and grievance procedures, managing performance and sickness absence. I also have particular expertise in complex discrimination claims involving race, sex, disability and religion. Furthermore, I advise in relation to child protection and diversity issues in the work place; plus I deliver bespoke training to HR and line managers. I am also a Trustee for a number of charities and regularly speak on radio and television. My clients include: religious institutions and charities; retail, fashion and leisure establishments, including clubs; corporate entities and SMEs; media, PR and publishing organisations. Qualifications: Law LLB (Honours) Law Society Finals

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