Natalie Hunt is a senior member of Thompsons Solicitors' employment matters team and of the firm's National Settlement Agreement Unit (SAU).
An employment rights solicitor, Natalie is a nationally renowned expert in settlement agreements - legally binding contracts between an employer and employees. She has successfully led a range of cases including mass redundancies, voluntary severances and NHS mutually-agreed resignation schemes.
Natalie started her training contract in 2006 and qualified in 2008 and her considerable experience includes managing complex medical negligence caseloads. As part of her current specialism Natalie has an intimate understanding of a range of key industries and travels the country advising on mass and voluntary redundancies.
While Natalie is based in Plymouth, she is the deputy leader of the SAU and responsible for supervising and supporting colleagues and building the unit’s profile across the UK. Highly professional with a much-respected attention to detail, Natalie is also approachable. She is the unit’s key point of contact for trade unions and has close union links in the South West and regularly attends events there.
Natalie joined Thompsons in 2015, giving her the opportunity to develop employment law on behalf of trade unionists. She particularly enjoys meeting and assisting union members during her travels across the country and is a regular visitor to the Tolpuddle martyrs festival.
Natalie says the most rewarding thing about working for Thompsons is the firm’s commitment to assisting those in need and its position at the forefront of employment rights and personal injury litigation.
Natalie values Thompsons’ unique commitment to upholding the firm’s founding philosophy to assist only employees; for those mistreated at work and victims of injury.
Before Natalie began her legal career, she lived in Canada and Azerbaijan. Natalie continues to travel and has trekked Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp and Machu Picchu. Natalie still wants to accomplish Mount Elbrus, another of the seven summits – the highest mountains of the seven continents.
Much of her time these days is spent renovating a big old Edwardian terrace house with her husband and energetic golden retriever Douglas. She also likes to walk Dartmoor with Douglas. Her day starts with a 7am gym session before she hits the office or heads off on her travels to advise nationally.
NATALIE’S CASE EXPERIENCE
Natalie has secured a range of settlement agreements, specialising in voluntary severances, mass redundancies and NHS mutually-agreed resignation schemes.
Her caseload has given her Intimate understanding of a range of key industries, including manufacturing, health, transport, education, finance and technology.
Natalie is assisting employees at Honda on the shutdown of the site which has 3,000 employees. She has also assisted employees at Plymouth University, Kodak Alaris, Warburtons, Hovis, Great Western Railways, BAE Aerospace, BT, Royal Mail, Honda, Cadburys, EDF, Essex Fire and Rescue service, Gregory’s Distribution, DS Smith pa-per mill in Somerset and OneSubsea in Leeds.
Natalie is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel. She achieved her Level 5 human resources qualification to assist in negotiations with HR professionals on site.
A NASUWT client, said: ““My case was expedited with courtesy and great speed and efficiency. What more could one ask for.”
Natalie Hunt handled my rather urgent case very well, dealing with the employer's unreasonable deadline promptly on the day, giving me clear advice and particularly helping me see the priorities.”
“Natalie was my solicitor and she was absolutely excellent, I could not be happier with the service I received. My dispute with my employers has been long, protracted and emotional and I was dreading the rigmarole of the settlement paperwork, however Natalie was so easy to deal with and her manner and expertise took all the stress out of it. She was friendly and straightforward; she understood my concerns and brought great clarity to the issues and she acted to get me the best deal possible. I hope never to be in this situation again, but if that were ever to happen, I would definitely want Natalie to sort things out for me! Thank you!”
“Professional service. Always returned telephone calls and answered emails promptly. Good advice and comprehensive written follow up. Highly recommended”
“Very clearly explained. Plenty of time given to take in the information and ask questions. Caring and thoughtful manner. Wasn't rushed. Thank you.”
“I am just writing to express my appreciation for the work your firm undertook in relation to my recent settlement agreement. I was extremely impressed with the efficiency of the service and the manner in which it was undertaken. Natalie dealt with my case and it all completed smoothly. I would not hesitate to recommend Thompsons.”
A trade union representative, who regularly works with Thompsons, said: “Thank you so much for your support Natalie. It has been great as usual!”
David Carruthers, a settlement agreement client, said: "Natalie handled my settlement agreement with BT very well and I felt at ease throughout the process. Natalie clearly knows her area extremely well."