With over twenty years’ experience of dealing with some of the most complex, high-stakes and fiercely contested cases in the industry, Wendy Miller offers genuinely novel and incisive strategies to her clients. Whilst many barristers will say they employ a forensic approach, few can compare with Wendy. Her vast experience of trying cases to the criminal standard of proof (itself, far in excess of the civil standard) means that she naturally ‘deep dives’ into the issues her employment clients face each time. This means that Wendy is across the fullest extent of her briefs and finds those innovative angles and approaches that unlock the complex cases. One of Wendy’s main strengths, honed over many years of assimilating brief containing thousands of pages of evidence, is her ability to cut to the issues quickly and to clarify the areas of dispute.
Wendy has a rare dual specialism in both employment and crime, as well as associated experience in licensing, environmental and trading standards issues. Her clients, many of whom have trusted her for over a decade, regularly commend Wendy for her exceptional level of professionalism, client care and effective, often clinical, advocacy before the Courts and Tribunals. Comfortable with a wide array of employment matters, Wendy’s understanding and expertise at the complex interface of regulation, criminal statute and reputation management sets her apart. Accordingly, Wendy thrives in complex matters with multiple interwoven issues.
Having worked in two large and high-profile solicitors’ firms, Wendy understands the specific needs of her professional clients. A natural advocate with decades of experience, she is equally at home in the Employment Tribunal, Mental Health Tribunals, Magistrates/Crown Court, Disciplinary Hearings, the Coroners Court and The Court of Appeal. Outside of court, Wendy is a keen runner, hiker and has an interest in property refurbishment.
Wendy carefully maintains a balanced Claimant and Respondent employment practice and is called upon by national firms and international businesses alike to provide ‘no nonsense’ advice at all stages of their clients’ disputes. Given her extensive adversarial experience, Wendy covers the full range of employment work with ease before the Tribunals, with particular specialisms in those areas of practice which require a robust analytical assessment of decision-making processes and disputed timelines of event, such as discrimination, harassment and unfair/constructive dismissal cases. Wendy is comfortable across all sectors and industries.
Comfortable and confident in corporate and pressurised environments, Wendy is particularly suited to serving, in an independent capacity, in HR disciplinary and appeals hearings. Given her expertise in the employment discipline and her decades of experience of applying complex legal procedure, Wendy provides the reassurance and measured judgment called upon in such situations, even in the most factually dense and complex cases. Wendy has an active advisory and advocacy practice and is in increasing demand.
A snapshot of Wendy’s employment experience includes:
Qualified as a Grade 4 Prosecutor and with a distinguished background in dealing with serious sexual offences, Wendy’s practice includes defending in a wide spectrum of cases, latterly involving the most serious criminal offences. This includes, large-scale conspiracies to steal high value motor vehicles, large scale tax evasion, high value cannabis operations and conspiracy to supply drugs. Wendy also has experience of prosecuting and defending cases under POCA and has an active “organised crime” practice. A true ‘poacher turned gamekeeper’, Wendy’s clients often call her out because of her extensive prosecution expertise, gained since 2001. Wendy’s experience includes:
Wendy has aligned and wide-ranging experience of both defending motorists on a private basis and in dealing with all aspects of fraud. She has dealt with various, technically complex, arguments concerning:
As part of her rounded dual practice, Wendy has developed aligned and associated specialisms in licensing work (including prosecutions and appeals, environmental issues and trading standards.
Wendy works hard to build relationships of mutual trust with her clients. Her key focus is on delivering a tailored service which thoroughly explores all of the available facts and avenues of approach. Wendy believes communication is an essential ingredient which can heavily influence the success of a case. Therefore, Wendy takes the time to listen and engage with her clients at length when receiving their instructions. Due to her extensive career before a range of challenging tribunals, including jury trials, Wendy is flexible and provides unwavering support to her clients.
Keen to attend to issues straight away, Wendy’s clients regularly comment on her personable style. Having worked for major firms, Wendy understands what her Solicitor clients expect and what they ought to rightly expect of her in turn.
Her hands on approach, which extends to jumping on to quick calls or messages exchanges (increasingly including video conferencing and mobile messaging), is something that Wendy both prides herself on and that she feels is particularly valuable in providing an extremely responsive service.
Employment Lawyers’ Association
Member of Middle Temple
Criminal Bar Association
“I wanted to express just how great Wendy Miller is. Wendy is a fantastic barrister and, in our case, she made the opposing barrister look like an amateur.” Client Testimonial
“From our initial meeting, my confidence in Wendy and her ability grew, she was incisive, thoughtful and very clear on what the potential outcomes could be. She kept me both hopeful and grounded.” Client Testimonial
“A realistic, sensible practitioner who “chooses her battles” with considerable care, skill and judgement.” Client Testimonial (opposing Counsel)
“Wendy has a deep knowledge of the Law and can respond to challenges in the courtroom in a positive and proactive manner. Her presence in the courtroom is massive, her use of controlled voice, pause and intonation allows her a distinctive edge during cross examination.” Client Testimonial
“Wendy’s preparation in our case was second to none. Her clarity of thought and knowledge of the complexities of the Law shone out. There were periods of complicated legal argument, which Wendy managed in her stride, her ability, knowledge and strength giving her a clear edge in the courtroom exchanges. At times, her “aura” of calm and control gave us strength and hope, in often seemed a very uncertain situation.” Client Testimonial
Wendy has a very “human” side to her and shows great empathy towards her clients.” Client Testimonial
“Thank you very much for this, and also, again for your peerless support and expert advocacy on our behalf. I do not think the tribunal could have possibly gone any more smoothly. The way you dismantled the Claimant’s arguments and exposed the flimsiness of his contentions was highly impressive, to say the very least. I do not think we could have been in better hands.” Client Testimonial