Since leaving Law At Work, Gareth has taken some time out to review and appraise the employment law, human resources and health & safety market, with a view to developing from scratch a different and more innovative model, which is Navigator. He was attracted to VIALEX and its ground breaking Legal Counsel Service and is relishing the opportunities that present to cross sell the Navigator services.
Gareth is passionate about quality and client service and you can be assured of his best attention at all times.
Gareth is married to Teeny and they live in Barnton, Edinburgh with their son Matthew. He is a keen Ulster, Ireland and Lions rugby fan. Although, circumstances mean that he is more often seen following Edinburgh or Scotland at Murrayfield.
Head of Employment Law
Alan advises on all areas of employment law, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, transfer of undertakings and contractual documentation. He has acted for a range of clients both large and small and has appeared in Employment Tribunals throughout the UK, as well as in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He has also been involved in the provision of training to clients in various aspects of employment law.
Alan has the experience to anticipate and identify potential problem areas. He is not afraid to suggest innovative solutions to problems, but where litigation proves ultimately necessary he will pursue cases vigorously.
Outside the office, Alan is interested in foreign foods, cultures and climates and has circumnavigated the globe twice (and more importantly managed to find his way home). He is a keen observer of all sports and can occasionally be found churning up a golf course somewhere.
During his career, Russell has been lucky enough to act for a huge range of clients, both in terms of their size and sector. Apart from appearing in tribunals throughout the country, Russell has been involved in a significant level of project work and corporate support work and is comfortable dealing with everything and anything that comes across his desk from clients to help them get on with their normal business.
Over many years in practice, helping his clients has allowed Russell to advise on a wide number of areas within the employment law sphere, including unfair dismissal, redundancy, TUPE, non-contentious contract work and discrimination on grounds of sex, disability, race, religion and sexual orientation. Despite regular appearances in the Tribunal where he fights hard to achieve success for his clients, Russell has a genuine interest in mediation and alternative options for resolving dispute and encourages his client to consider those in appropriate circumstances.
Spending time training clients on how to improve their skills and avoid ending up in Tribunal is a particular passion. He thrives on the chance to talk in detail to his clients when doing that to get a real understanding of their business and the issues they face.
Away from work, Russell has a part time job providing taxi and gardening services for his family. For many years, he has punished himself by supporting East Stirling FC and can also be found on the golf course trying desperately to remember how to play the game to the level he managed when he was younger and knew what he was doing!.
Euan has much experience, in assisting with the full gambit of employment law related queries, whether that be; day to day advice, the drafting of new Contracts/Handbooks or Tribunal representation. He has also appeared in Employment Tribunal Hearings, both north and south of the border, defending various claim types (including unfair dismissal and disability discrimination).
As with all our advisers though, Euan is always keen to try to manage situations in a way which hopefully avoids the Tribunal system (wherever that is possible). That might mean a more hands on approach, e.g; during internal procedures, but with the likelihood that the risk of (successful) claims will have been lowered.
Euan hails from Edinburgh and spends his time between Edinburgh and the capital of the Highlands (Inverness)! A keen sports enthusiast, he previously played alot of Football and Cricket, but now spends much his free time working on his golf handicap! When the time allows, he is also an outdoor enthusiast, and likes to bag the odd munro!
involved in the University’s law clinic, co-authoring an article about the Immigration Bill 2015 which was published in the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland. As a result of her exam results, Natalia was
awarded not one but two prizes.
chosen to specialise. During her traineeship, and among her highlights, Natalia has written, researched and delivered various training sessions for clients on subjects such as disciplinary investigations and has
a particular liking for the drafting of bespoke policies and procedures.
HR Business Partner
Having initial experience as a people manager in her early career in the City of London, Ruth pursued her interest in human resources and obtained her initial CIPD qualifications in the financial services sector. Moving to Edinburgh in 2006 she then actively sought varied opportunities to widen her knowledge working in unionised, multi-site manufacturing and heavy industry environments. Having these experiences led to her delivering complex TUPE transactions, change programmes alongside supporting the overall employment lifecycle.
Ruth has a number of experiences supporting SME’s where a need for her skills was required to deliver various organic growth projects.
Joining Navigator in October plays to Ruths’ strengths in translating the value of HR across any environment.
Her happy place is with her daughters and their dog in the great outdoors.
Associate HR Consultant
Associate HR Consultant
She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Human Resource management, leadership & management development, team development, employee engagement and wellbeing
Associate Business & HR Consultant
Associate HR Consultant
Associate HR Consultant
One of Stephanie’s key focuses at Navigator is to ensure our diverse range of clients receive an excellent solutions focussed and pragmatic employment law, HR and governance service while ensuring any risks and compliance challenges are highlighted. Clients will find that she is driven to deliver in a collaborative manner but possesses the courage to challenge where appropriate.
As a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and with a Masters in Law & Employment Relations she has been recognised recently for her 30 years’ of service to HR. She is also a trained workplace mediator and a qualified project manager. In her spare time Stephanie is a Director and Trustee of Heriot Watt University Student Union. She also enjoys time with her family and friends, walking her Labrador Simba, pilates and street photography.
Client Liaison Executive
Clare joined Navigator in September 2015 where she hopes to develop her skills and continue to deliver a first class service to clients.
Clare enjoys studying with the Open University, and is currently working towards a degree in International Development. She also enjoys spending time with her family and travelling to various scenic spots in Scotland.
Business Development Executive
Nadia is an ambitious individual, who strived to work hard and develop her skills. Outside of her working life, Nadia has always been a keen sportsperson, competing at national level within Athletics. Having gained medals at Scottish level, Nadia is now a qualified assistant coach, giving back to her local club, Ayr Seaforth, who she was a member of for over 8 years.
Health & Safety Manager
He has previously been involved in the management of projects which have included the provision of a software system to manage contractor health and safety implications on behalf of the Scottish Government, from its initial concept through purchase and subsequent utilisation, and the development and delivery of a behavioural safety programme implemented at multiple manufacturing and logistics sites across Europe.
Gary is a Chartered member of IOSH.
Associate Health & Safety Consultant
Having served for many years in HM Forces, John is currently a B Commission Officer (Major) within the training teams. He also works all over the world as part of a Close Protection Team, working and supporting the UN, Diplomats and high profile clients. John teaches Consulate staff medical training in hostile environments and is a highly qualified Medic, with Diplomas and a degree in trauma care.
John is married to Isabella, and they have three daughters and three grandchildren. In his spare time, John enjoys spending his time up mountains and is a qualified Mountain Leader.
Health & Safety
Bernadette has project managed the implementation of complex safety systems to external accreditation level and played a pivotal role in the complex design of two new hospitals.
She is a RoSPA trained auditor with a Masters in Health, Safety and Environmental Management and has accumulated considerable experience in CDM.
Bernadette is a member of the Rotary Club of Callander and West Perthshire, and a Chartered Member of IOSH.
Health & Safety Manager
In his spare time, Graham enjoys going to concerts and spending time with his family – he has recently become a grandfather!