Partner Natalie Ruane is an expert in employment and education law and is Head of Burnetts' Employment Law & HR team.
‘extremely knowledgeable and approachable’ – Legal 500 2019
Natalie Ruane is a Partner and solicitor at Burnetts. She has specialised in employment law for almost 20 years and has developed expertise in the education sector. As well as being Head of Employment Law & HR, she leads the Education team which includes dedicated lawyers and HR consultants.
Having graduated from the University of Bradford with a degree in German and French, Natalie spent two years as a German teacher in northern Sweden, also learning to speak Swedish, before returning to the UK to study law at Chester College of Law. She joined Eversheds in Birmingham in 1999 and, on qualification in 2001, joined their Human Resources legal team where she specialised primarily in pensions and employment law, advising large public and private limited companies and also assisting in merger and acquisition transactions.
In 2003 Natalie moved to Cumbria and joined Burnetts. She now advises public, private and charity sector clients on a full range of employment law issues. Day to day, she advises on dispute management including employment tribunal claims, disciplinary and grievance matters, restructuring, changing terms and conditions, redundancy and employment severance, including at executive level. She has continued to act on employment related issues for companies undergoing mergers or other corporate transactions, dealing with TUPE matters as well as individual and collective redundancy situations.
Within the education sector, Natalie advises schools and colleges on a broad range of issues, liaising closely with senior management teams and governing bodies, maintaining links with local and from time to time with central government officials.