Deborah Leonin
Deborah LeoninParalegal

Journey to law

Deborah studied Classical Studies with English Literature at King’s College, London before studying the GDL at BPP University. Before Jones Chase, she gained experience in other areas of law at firms of varying sizes and was a student assistant with the BPP Legal Advice Centre, working with clients on a pro bono basis. She completed the LPC whilst working with Jones Chase; and is fascinated by people and their stories, something that lends well to the practice of employment law.

Deborah is currently working towards qualification as a solicitor (via the SRA’s Equivalent Means Period of Recognised Training route).

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Deborah is often the first point of contact for clients and enjoys hearing of the intricacies of the issues to be able to tailor correspondence and options to their needs and goals.

Since the inception of the firm in 2014, Deborah has worked on a variety of the cases which have included:

  • A senior level executive dispute involving psychiatric injury, disability discrimination, multi-jurisdictional and whistleblowing issues;
  • Precuring an exit for a disabled employee in the healthcare sector on long-term sick leave;
  • Rebutting allegations against a doctor facing a potentially career-damaging gross misconduct dismissal and ensuring they kept their role;
  • Rebutting a multi-layered case for discrimination based on part-time working at Tribunal for a large corporate client;
  • Obtaining an exit for an employee after a long-term campaign of bullying, discrimination, work-related stress and a sham redundancy procedure;
  • Running a redundancy procedure with an employee from a close-knit team;
  • Securing costs and successful outcome at Tribunal for a long-standing client in a discrimination claim;
  • Sensitive Equality Act matters including a long-running disability discrimination claim;
  • Preparing commercial contracts regarding the placement of interns in various specialist companies within the creative industry;
  • Post-employment victimisation in connection with the provision of a defamatory reference within the recruitment industry; and
  • Drafting employment contracts and staff handbooks for organisations of various sizes tailored to their specific needs and updating the same as the company grows.

Deborah has a particular interest in cases involving sex discrimination and gender equality. She believes there is always something to be done and enjoys being able to make a difference in an individual’s working life.

She is currently working towards qualification as a solicitor via the SRA’s Equivalent Means route.

Thank you Debs for all your help, support and advice. It’s been one heck of a journey and I can’t believe that it’s over. I simply cannot thank you enough, I’m eternally grateful.
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Having studied literature as a first degree, I’m fascinated by stories and people.  Employment law is intellectually challenging and all about people and businesses and how they both work.
Firstly, the people – the team is fantastic. The culture is nothing like a city firm, everyone’s entrepreneurial and has something to contribute, but we produce the standard of work and have a client-base like at any other city firm. I’m lucky to always have something different to do and work which is stimulating. I have opportunities to get involved in the business side of the firm that I wouldn’t have at other firms and being able to grow the firm is really exciting. Everyone’s comfortable with each other, it’s a supportive and happy team.
We produce a really high standard of work. We focus on doing a fabulous job for our clients, and we always do more than expected to ensure that our clients get what they want. The majority of our work comes from referrals and repeat business from the same clients, which is a real testament to the quality of our service.
People and their stories, the team and doing a good job for our clients. Everyone can contribute and it’s intellectually stimulating. I’m happy that I get to do so many different things each day, not just law and develop a variety of skills, which I wouldn’t if I was at another firm.
  • Reading a good book (chiefly crime fiction and classic novels)
  • Being creative
  • The sun