Theodora Hand

Introduction

Theodora joined chambers in October 2018 following the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of David Maxwell.

Over the course of pupillage, Theodora gained a wide experience of Chambers’ key practice areas and is now receiving regular instructions in her own right to appear in court as well as for pleading and advisory work.

In her spare time, Theodora is a keen classical singer, dog-lover and yoga enthusiast.


Employment

Having spent time with a large number of chambers’ employment practitioners during pupillage, Theodora is developing a practice in all areas of employment litigation. Theodora has appeared before the employment tribunal in both preliminary and final hearings, provided advice or drafted documents in cases which involve:

  • Direct and indirect discrimination.
  • Discrimination arising from disability and failure to make reasonable adjustments.
  • Harassment and victimisation.
  • Unfair dismissal.
  • Public interest disclosures (whistle-blowing).
  • Constructive dismissal.
  • Wrongful dismissal.

Theodora acts on behalf of both Claimants and Respondents. Recent experience includes successfully arguing that a settlement agreement was not without prejudice, and representing a school and local authority in a wrongful dismissal claim brought by a Claimant who claimed that a conditional offer of employment had become unconditional when the offer was withdrawn. The claim was dismissed.

Theodora is also an active member of JJEL; an initiative organising educational and social events to bring junior employment lawyers together.


Business and Property

Prior to commencing pupillage, Theodora gained a wide range of commercial advocacy and legal experience in a number of roles. She worked for nearly two years in the London office of Linklaters LLP as a paralegal in their Project Finance department, where she assisted in the drafting of key agreements, organised the signing of deals and liaised with high profile clients; she worked pro-bono for the Royal British Legion representing wounded servicemen and women in the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Tribunal; and was a County Court Advocate with LPC Law, being instructed in approx. 350 hearings including mortgage possession claims, landlord and tenant disputes, disposal hearings and insolvency matters.

Education

BPTC (Kaplan Law School) – Very Competent
GDL (University of Law) – Commendation
BA Philosophy and Theology (University of Nottingham) – First-Class Hons