Marie van der Zyl


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I am a partner in the employment team at Gordon Dadds.

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 had held the role of partner and head of employment for over ten years. I have acted on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment cases, including unfair dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination, collective redundancies/business reorganisation and TUPE.

What are you most passionate about professionally?

I thrive best working on complex litigation claims or settlements, particularly those that need careful strategy and application of the law.

What is your most interesting legal experience?

That would have to be going to the Court of Appeal in the highly publicised and ground breaking case where we were acting for Stringfellows. This concerned a claim by a lapdancer who asserted she was an employee and had been unfairly dismissed. After much complex argument, it was held that the lapdancer was actually self-employed.

Davenport Lyons, Partner and Head of Employment

Booth & Blackwell (now Kingsford Stacey Blackwell), Partner and Head of Employment

Liverpool John Moores University, LLB (Honours) Law


The Legal 500 - recommended lawyer in 2016 for Employment.

Chambers UK – ranked in Chambers UK 2015 and 2016 in Band 4 and 2017 in Band 5 for Employment.

Clients say Marie "has a sharp legal mind and a pragmatic style is approachable and good at talking through issues"

"For 8 years we have worked with Marie van der Zyl, a consultant at Gordon Dadds LLP for all our employment matters. Marie has an in-depth knowledge of the Diocese and the particular employment challenges we face. Her advice is always very clear and relevant and she explains complex legal matters extremely well. It would be difficult to find another lawyer with Marie’s empathy and detailed knowledge of the workings of the Catholic Church. In essence, she is simply excellent and I would have no hesitation recommending her to other charities, particularly religious ones."
- Clare Losty, Diocese of Brentwood


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