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Marie is a partner in the employment team, with 27 years post qualification experience. Before joining Gordon Dadds in April 2014, she was a Partner in Booth and Blackwell, Kingsford Stacey and Head of Employment in Davenport Lyons.

Marie spends 100% of her time dealing with employment law matters; she is a trusted advisor with an established reputation and ability to deliver results for clients using her excellent strategic and legal skills. She has considerable commercial acumen and is very approachable. She advises on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, principally working with employers and senior executives.

She also advises on partnership issues as well as the full range of employment law 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.

Marie has particular expertise in complex discrimination claims involving race, sex, disability and religion. Furthermore, she advises in relation to child protection and diversity issues in the work place; plus she delivers bespoke training to HR and line managers.

Marie is a Trustee for a number of charities and regularly speaks on radio and television.

Her clients include: religious institutions and charities; retail, fashion and leisure establishments, including clubs; corporate entities and SMEs; media, PR and publishing organisations.


"extremely precise, knowledgeable, effective, prompt, courteous and commercially aware"chambers & partners UK
"an excellent lawyer with ENCYCLOPEDIC knowledge of employment law who is highly gifted both in strategy and tactics with a patient, honest and challenging approach"legal 500 UK
"As well as advising on day-to-day employment matters, she also handles complex discrimination claims"chambers & partners UK


 Experience

  • 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

Accolades

  • The Legal 500 - recommended lawyer in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for Employment.
  • Chambers UK – ranked in Chambers UK 2015 and 2016 in Band 4 and 2017 and 2018 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

Networks

  • Employment Tribunal Users Group
  • Employer Lawyers Association (ELD)

Qualifications

  • Law LLB (Honours)
  • Law Society Finals


Expertise:
Issues at Work, Employer's Issues

Education (University):
John Moores University