Worthingtons Solicitors

Katie Buchanan

Employment Law

Katie graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a degree in Law with French in 2012, having spent a year studying in Bordeaux.  Katie commenced employment with Worthingtons in June 2012 and gained pre-qualification experience working as a Legal Executive in the Employment Department.  She qualified as a solicitor in September 2016 and joined the Employment department of our Belfast Office.  Upon graduation from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies she was awarded prizes for attaining the highest marks in her year group in the Practice Management and Administration of Estates exams.  She was also awarded third place in the Belfast Solicitors Association prizes.  These prizes are awarded annually to the three solicitor trainees who attain the highest average marks across all exams leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies.

Katie represents both employees and employers, to include many private sector businesses, local government and charities, in a range of employment law disputes including unfair dismissal, redundancy and all categories of discrimination complaints before the Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal, as well as providing ongoing advice and support to many employers on the application of internal policies and procedures.  She is also a member of the Employment Lawyers Group and is a regular contributor of employment law articles to the Belfast Telegraph.

I was very impressed by the work put into this case by Katie Buchanan and her diligence in ensuring that both the time line…and all pertinent relevant submissions for the case were met by all parties…

Career Highlights

  • Drafting terms and conditions of employment and company handbooks for several large employers in the private sector;
  • Advising on a complex and protracted grievance process within local government;
  • Successfully obtaining an award from the Redundancy Payments Service for an employee where their former employer was in administration;
  • Advising a local Housing Association on the operation of sleep in shifts and any associated National Minimum Wage implications;

Areas of Expertise

Employment