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2 The Green

100252 RICHMOND 2
Gateway House
Tollgate, Chandler's Ford
SO53 3TG


Katherine Maxwell


Partner and Head of Employment

Area of Expertise

  • Employment

I am a solicitor and partner and head of the firm’s employment law team. I work from our Richmond and Southampton offices. We handle all aspects of employment law, acting for clients ranging from large corporates to small companies, as well as senior executives.

My business clients want to know that whatever the problem, they can rely on us, whether it’s handling boardroom and shareholder disputes, the TUPE issues surrounding a merger, or helping manage a major redundancy programme.  We are also on hand to advise on difficult situations involving individual employees, drafting and negotiating termination packages. Where these proceed to Tribunal, our clients can rest assured they have the full support of one of the most formidable legal teams in the region.

Of course, clients also need to make sure they remain compliant with ever-changing employment regulations. We help them implement the right procedures and policies and ensure they are meeting their employer responsibilities.

My individual clients are usually directors or senior managers facing issues relating to their employment contracts, restrictive covenants, redundancy, a boardroom dispute or require assistance negotiating their exit package. They need clear and practical advice on their situation and the best course of action.

We are seasoned employment law experts with a depth of knowledge and experience across all employment related matters. We give our clients the reassurance of knowing they have a team of heavyweight lawyers on their side.


"I always find her extremely approachable. She definitely takes the time to listen and understand the business. I find her highly professional. She has a very good approach with everything that she does. Her attention to detail is brilliant. She is very straight with her advice, which is tailored to the business and very understandable." Client

"I have been massively impressed with the support she has provided. Katherine always brings clarity to a complex situation. I feel she listens to the situation and, through asking the right questions, manages to compartmentalise the issues, which means she can provide the right advice, guidance and steer. Katherine’s style is one of calmness. Her responses are always clear, and her advice balanced – I feel she is focused on making sure the right outcome is reached  for both the company and any individuals involved. Katherine is thorough in her follow-up and actions and always managed to concisely summarise the next steps and best course of action. I feel that I can call Katherine at any time and my call will always be welcomed. Her response times are quick, and I never feel rushed. Katherine’s support has been invaluable – I always feel more confident in our approach after speaking to Katherine." Client

"I have found Katherine to be extremely impressive. She is very knowledgeable and experienced and has dealt with matters urgently and with great attention to detail. She is forthright in her views, but gives objective advice, which is sometimes not always welcome in a complex and difficult sector. We employ a lot of people and need to be sure we receive quality advice. I have enormous confidence in this highly intelligent lady." Client

"Katherine has a wonderful, calming manner about her. She practices in a potentially inflammatory area. In my mind she always offers very practical and sensible advice. She’s protective of our company, but not at the cost of diplomacy with the opposite side. She’s very responsive. I could only say nice things about her really. She is very experienced and has dealt with lots of clients. I have every faith in her to do the right thing. She takes down any drama that’s going on."  Market Commentator

"Katherine Maxwell is an excellent and incredibly experienced team leader. Employment is a hugely important area to find optimal and balanced outcomes for all concerned, and Katherine is very good at simplifying legal context for businesses and providing possible solutions that are both commercial and fair." Client

"Katherine Maxwell is excellent, knowledgeable, realistic and gives a really clear perspective. She understands the challenges of our industry and works to deliver our desired outcomes while making clear any risks." Client

"Katherine absolutely gets it from our perspective. She offers guidance, without being in the slightest bit condescending. She is commercially aware and astute. Her expertise is instrumental in helping keep employee welfare at the forefront of our minds. Her updates are very helpful." Client

"She is a good and pragmatic employment lawyer with excellent knowledge and a creative thought process." Client

"The work was carried out in a timely and professional manner and the outcome was the best possible. I would recommend Katherine and the team to anyone." Client

"Katherine Maxwell is an excellent and totally reliable HR lawyer." Client

"She is good at getting to a solution. She is able to advise in an eloquent way, largely down to her taking interest in our work. She's an absolute genius." Client

"Katherine is a genuinely lovely person and an all-round professional. She's absolutely spot-on and deals with things very well." Client

"She's responsive and keeps on top of her case workload. We have confidence that the advice she gives can be relied on." Client


  • Employment Lawyer’s Association

Directory Quotes:

Katherine Maxwell is experienced in handling boardroom disputes, TUPE and redundancy matters on behalf of both employers and senior employees. One client praises the way that "she is able to relate to us and make her advice very understandable - she takes stock of what our issues are and can distil that down to advice that's clear and concise." Chambers UK 2017

Head of department Katherine Maxwell is an employment specialist with expertise on boardroom and shareholder disputes, TUPE issues and redundancy programmes. Clients describe her as "approachable, down to earth, realistic and objective." Chambers UK 2016

Katherine Maxwell leads the team at Moore Blatch LLP and provides ‘commercial, pragmatic advice delivered on a timely basis’  - Legal 500, 2016

Katherine Maxwell is praised for her "accessibility, intelligence and pragmatism," and for her "technical knowledge and practical solutions." She has wide-ranging experience, including in boardroom and shareholder disputes, termination matters and tribunal representation. Chambers UK 2015

At Moore Blatch LLP, team head Katherine Maxwell has ‘particular expertise in TUPE’. Legal 500, 2015


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