Pam Loch

Pam Loch Managing Partner
Loch Employment Law

Founder of Loch Employment Law, Pam Loch is a dual qualified lawyer with extensive experience in contentious and non-contentious employment matters having acted for employers and employees and advising on all aspects of employment law. Both during her time at previous firms such as Eversheds, and through Loch Employment Law, Pam has advised fully listed plc’s, AIM listed plc’s, private companies, charities and individuals. Pam acts for many law firms and lawyers as well as other professions and sectors. The matters Pam advises on include:
 - All forms of documents governing relationships in the workplace including service agreements, contracts, handbooks, policies and procedures
 - Managing employees
 - Discrimination in the workplace
 - Dealing with disputes with workers and industrial disputes involving trade unions
 - Information and consultation in the workplace
 - TUPE and cross border issues
 - Restrictive covenants and protecting businesses
 - The employment and pensions implications of restructuring businesses
 - Mergers and acquisitions
 As well as conducting her own advocacy in Employment Tribunals, she has also acted for clients in proceedings in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the High Court. Pam is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association; she is also an accredited mediator. She regularly contributes to articles and books on employment law in local and national newspapers and other trade publications such as Personnel Today and Workplace Law. She also appears on national television and radio shows.
 Pam is ranked in Chambers UK as a Leading Individual and the Firm is also ranked in Chambers and Legal 500. Pam is President of the West Kent Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vice President of the Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells Law Society.
 Pam is also the Managing Director of HR Advise Me Limited providing HR support and training.

 Contact Pam on 01892 773970 or by emailing info@lochlaw.co.uk

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Unwanted attention at work? 29 NOV 2016

Unwanted attention at work?

A recent survey has received widespread media coverage after finding that 52% of the 1,500 women...

Looking after your employees health and wellbeing 15 NOV 2016

Looking after your employees health and wellbeing

For a number of years now, we have seen a steady rise in ‘office-based-gym-equipment’, ranging...

Shared parental leave and discrimination 26 OCT 2016

Shared parental leave and discrimination

In a recent Employment Tribunal in Scotland, a working father has been awarded £28,321 by Network...

Flexible working 26 SEP 2016

Flexible working

Every September, thousands of children take the leap from pre-school into Reception, and parents...

Consultation for contractual change 02 SEP 2016

Consultation for contractual change

Following the political and legal uncertainty of the Brexit vote, UK businesses may now find...

Implications of Brexit on Employment Law 21 JUL 2016

Implications of Brexit on Employment Law

When reflecting on the possible changes to employment law as a result of the UK voting to leave...

Queen's Speech May 2016 24 MAY 2016

Queen's Speech May 2016

The Queen’s Speech, which recently took place on 18 May, is seen as a look ahead to the laws the...

Employment Law Update Spring 2016 19 APR 2016

Employment Law Update Spring 2016

A look ahead to upcoming changes and potential challenges employers may face in 2016 and...

Leap Year + Early Easter = Holiday Headache 17 MAR 2016

Leap Year + Early Easter = Holiday Headache

Easter is nearly upon us. Most of us are looking forward to a long weekend break from work to...

Removing the gender pay gap 22 FEB 2016

Removing the gender pay gap

From 2018, organisations with more than 250 employees will have to disclose how much they are...

All Washed Out 04 JAN 2016

All Washed Out

While we have had a mild winter so far, we’ve seen the havoc caused by floods. How should you...

Menopause: The Last Taboo in the Workplace 19 NOV 2015

Menopause: The Last Taboo in the Workplace

In the last 40 years there has been a significant increase in the number of women aged 16-64...

Employees key part to play in cybercrime 11 NOV 2015

Employees key part to play in cybercrime

As has been apparent from recent cybercrimes, not only are they on the increase but the next...

Working grandparents to share parental leave 30 OCT 2015

Working grandparents to share parental leave

At the recent Conservative Party Conference, Chancellor George Osborne announced further...

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2015 [Draft] 21 SEP 2015

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2015 [Draft]

Background In June 2014, the United Kingdom Supreme Court found that the system of...

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 04 SEP 2015

The Modern Slavery Act 2015

“The recruitment, transportation and harbouring of a person by threat, force,...

Relationships at work 12 AUG 2015

Relationships at work

Often the first thing that comes to mind when we think of relationships at work are illicit...

Wellness & First Aid 23 JUL 2015

Wellness & First Aid

‘As of 1 October 2013, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 have been amended,...

The cost of sickness absence 13 JUL 2015

The cost of sickness absence

'The annual cost of sickness absence had climbed to almost £29 billion for UK organisations,...

New Childcare Voucher Scheme 26 MAY 2015

New Childcare Voucher Scheme

A new tax-free childcare voucher scheme replacing the current employer supported scheme has...

Regulation of Recruitment Agencies 29 APR 2015

Regulation of Recruitment Agencies

Whether you are a recruitment agency and are fully aware of the regulations governing the way...

The New Universal Credit Arrangements 20 APR 2015

The New Universal Credit Arrangements

Universal Credit is a new monthly payment for those on a low income or are out of work....

Retire? Never! 14 APR 2015

Retire? Never!

Many employers are struggling with the concept that most employees simply can not be forced to...

Is it easier to dismiss for a tweet than a Facebook posting? 02 FEB 2015

Is it easier to dismiss for a tweet than a Facebook posting?

The use of social media and employers dismissing employees for posting inappropriate or offensive...

Terminating a Self-employed Consultant 05 DEC 2014

Terminating a Self-employed Consultant

Consultants can be a valuable resource for a business as they often bring specialist knowledge...

Shared Parental Leave - how does it work? 24 NOV 2014

Shared Parental Leave - how does it work?

The new regime of shared parental leave (SPL) will apply to babies due on or after 5 April 2015....

Training at a cost? 22 OCT 2014

Training at a cost?

As the economy improves many businesses look for ways to retain staff aside from simply giving...

Managing Employee Attendance 06 OCT 2014

Managing Employee Attendance

The annual cost of sickness to UK employers has increased to £29bn according to a recent study...

Accommodating allergies in the workplace 30 SEP 2014

Accommodating allergies in the workplace

With nearly 21 million allergy sufferers in the UK allergies are bound to be an issue we...

Automatic Uplift on Injury to Feelings Compensation 22 SEP 2014

Automatic Uplift on Injury to Feelings Compensation

The EAT applied an automatic uplift to the level of award for the first time in Cadogan Hotel...

Common breaches of the ACAS Code 16 SEP 2014

Common breaches of the ACAS Code

ACAS is an independent and impartial Government funded organisation. Before a claim can be...

Work Dress Code 08 SEP 2014

Work Dress Code

There are many reasons why an employer may have a work dress code. Promotion of a professional...

‘On call and working’? 18 AUG 2014

‘On call and working’?

Workers on call do not need to be at the workplace to be working according to a recent...

An expensive holiday for employers? 31 JUL 2014

An expensive holiday for employers?

Traditionally holiday pay has been paid by employers based on a worker’s contractual weekly pay,...

Employment status - Employees, Workers or Self-Employed Consultants 14 JUL 2014

Employment status - Employees, Workers or Self-Employed Consultants

Employment status has always been a thorny issue. During recessions, we have seen an increase in...

Obesity = A Disability? 25 JUN 2014

Obesity = A Disability?

Around 25% of UK adults are now classified as obese and this appears to be a worrying trend that...

After a TUPE transfer, when can you harmonise contracts? 19 JUN 2014

After a TUPE transfer, when can you harmonise contracts?

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE”) requires...

Pre-employment questions: what is acceptable? 11 JUN 2014

Pre-employment questions: what is acceptable?

Protection from discrimination applies right from the start of a recruitment process and...

Pay cuts – when are they beneficial? 11 JUN 2014

Pay cuts – when are they beneficial?

Salaries are often one of the largest overheads for a business. Therefore if a business is...

Salary Sacrifice Schemes 08 JUN 2014

Salary Sacrifice Schemes

What is “Salary Sacrifice”? Many organisations are now...

Childcare Voucher Schemes – the Old and the New 05 JUN 2014

Childcare Voucher Schemes – the Old and the New

Many organisations are now offering their employees salary sacrifice schemes. The idea behind...

​Employee Shareholders – Is This The Future For Businesses? 02 JUN 2014

​Employee Shareholders – Is This The Future For Businesses?

The new concept and status of Employee Shareholders (“ES”) was introduced in 2013. However,...

Insolvency and Employment - What You Need To Know 15 APR 2014

Insolvency and Employment - What You Need To Know

Q. What is an insolvent company? A. ‘Insolvency' simply means that a business is no...

Probationary Periods - What's the point of them and are they still valuable? 15 APR 2014

Probationary Periods - What's the point of them and are they still valuable?

If probationary periods are used effectively, they can be an extremely useful tool for...

Can contacts be protected in the social media world? 21 MAR 2014

Can contacts be protected in the social media world?

Social media and the availability of information on the web is beginning to have a significant...

Vicarious Liability is Evolving 13 MAR 2014

Vicarious Liability is Evolving

Traditionally, an employer is only responsible for the acts of their employees if their conduct...

Minimum Wage: Maximum Fine to Increase to £20,000 24 FEB 2014

Minimum Wage: Maximum Fine to Increase to £20,000

Currently the National Minimum Wage rates apply to workers over 16 years of age. The penalty for...

Managing "winter" sickness absence 24 JAN 2014

Managing "winter" sickness absence

The winter months see an increased rate of absence caused by seasonal illnesses. However...

Third Party Harassment 13 DEC 2013

Third Party Harassment

On 1 October 2013 the Government repealed section 40 of the Equality Act 2010 which made...

Is your business at risk of a Cyber-Attack or Data Breach? 22 NOV 2013

Is your business at risk of a Cyber-Attack or Data Breach?

Given the speed with which technology is advancing and the reliance organisations place on...

Stress in the Workplace - Would you spot the signs? 05 NOV 2013

Stress in the Workplace - Would you spot the signs?

The UK's 15th National Stress Awareness Day is on 6 November 2013. The event was set up by the...

Data Protection: Information Rights v Confidentiality Obligations 04 NOV 2013

Data Protection: Information Rights v Confidentiality Obligations

Data protection and privacy issues are constantly in the headlines and it can be difficult to...

Unauthorised Absence – Delayed Returns from Annual Leave 15 OCT 2013

Unauthorised Absence – Delayed Returns from Annual Leave

After the recent political unrest in a number of popular tourist destinations such as Turkey and...

Employee criminal convictions 03 OCT 2013

Employee criminal convictions

We had an unusual and interesting query recently concerning a client whose employee was convicted...

Do you use Health MOT's at work? 16 SEP 2013

Do you use Health MOT's at work?

Investing in the health of your workforce makes good business sense. People are usually the most...

Workers and Employees – What is the Difference? 06 SEP 2013

Workers and Employees – What is the Difference?

At first glance you could be forgiven for assuming that a worker is the same as an employee,...

New Rights for Army Reservists 30 AUG 2013

New Rights for Army Reservists

Following a consultation on the future of the UK's Reserve Forces (previously known as the...

Electronic Cigarettes and the Workplace 19 AUG 2013

Electronic Cigarettes and the Workplace

Since 1 July 2007, under the Health Act 2006, smoking in enclosed or substantially enclosed...

Road Transport Working Time Regulations 13 AUG 2013

Road Transport Working Time Regulations

If you employ employees to drive heavy goods vehicles then there are additional obligations in...

Time off for emergencies – what rights does an employee have? 12 AUG 2013

Time off for emergencies – what rights does an employee have?

Employees are entitled by virtue of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) to a reasonable amount...

To Google or not to Google? 01 AUG 2013

To Google or not to Google?

We are all conscious of the value that social media plays in modern business.  But what happens...

Maternity Leave - The Basics 22 JUL 2013

Maternity Leave - The Basics

Ever since the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy was announced the arrival of the royal baby has...

The Bribery Act 04 JUL 2013

The Bribery Act

The Bribery Act 2010, created four criminal offences: bribing another person accepting...

Mediation, Arbitration and Conciliation – What’s the difference?  04 JUL 2013

Mediation, Arbitration and Conciliation – What’s the difference?

Solving workplace disputes is possible without litigation, but what are the options? Essentially...

Whistleblowing 24 JUN 2013

Whistleblowing

  The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 introduced into the Employment Rights Act 1996...

Zero hours contracts - what are the issues? 07 JUN 2013

Zero hours contracts - what are the issues?

A zero hours contract is essentially a contract of employment where the employer is not obliged...

Tribunal Fees 2013 03 JUN 2013

Tribunal Fees 2013

With effect from 29 July 2013 a claim to the Employment Tribunal or an appeal to the Employment...

UNFAIR DISMISSALS 22 MAY 2013

UNFAIR DISMISSALS

Subject to certain exceptions employees have to acquire a specific amount of service with their...

Settlement Agreements 16 MAY 2013

Settlement Agreements

From Summer 2013, the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 changes compromise agreements to...

Employee Owner Status - where are we now? 07 MAY 2013

Employee Owner Status - where are we now?

The House of Lords have finally approved, after concessions, the employee owner proposals...

Discrimination by Victimisation 30 APR 2013

Discrimination by Victimisation

A recent Employment Tribunal case (Bouabdillah v Commerzbank AG ET/2203106/12) provides a useful...

Recovery of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) 11 APR 2013

Recovery of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

The SSP scheme provides employees with a set weekly payment when they are absent from work due...

All Change for Childcare 26 MAR 2013

All Change for Childcare

Employers are expected to take a more proactive role in the provision of childcare benefits to...

Statutory Sick Pay Rules: An Overview 26 MAR 2013

Statutory Sick Pay Rules: An Overview

The weekly limit for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) increases to £86.70 a week in April 2013 but the...

PAYE: Reporting in Real Time 18 MAR 2013

PAYE: Reporting in Real Time

  From 6 April employers must send PAYE information to HMRC in real time. This means as...

Childcare Vouchers: The Pros and Cons 04 MAR 2013

Childcare Vouchers: The Pros and Cons

This is a form of salary sacrifice which can bring benefits to the employer and employee but...

Overseas Workers: Hints & Tips 28 FEB 2013

Overseas Workers: Hints & Tips

Employers are required by law to check potential workers have the right to work in the UK,...