Law firm makes triple employment team hire

Alpa Divecha-Kanji, Martin Cornforth, Louise Easthope and Laura Evans

Derby-headquartered Flint Bishop has recruited three solicitors to its Employment team.

Joining the 170-strong firm as one of two new associates is Martin Cornforth. Previously of Elliot Mather, Cornforth specialises in complex TUPE transactions and defending claims in the Employment Tribunal. He brings more than 12 years’ experience to Flint Bishop, which includes drafting the referral to the CJEU in the now well-known case of Lock v British Gas.

The firm welcomes back Laura Evans as the second associate, who previously spent 10 years working for Flint Bishop as a specialist employment lawyer. Evans, who arrives from Nelson Solicitors, will bolster the firm’s education sub-division, and will provide employment law advice and HR support to maintained and non-maintained schools across the Midlands.

Alpa Divecha-Kanji completes the new additions to the employment team, joining as a solicitor from national law firm, Slater and Gordon, where she dealt with disability-related issues. Qualifying in 2017, her experience also includes working as an in-house lawyer for the Whirlpool Corporation.

Louise Easthope, partner and head of employment, said: “I am delighted to be welcoming Martin, Laura and Alpa to the Employment team. In addition to bringing a wealth of experience with them, our hires enable us to continue to develop and grow both regionally and nationally.”