Kimberley Donaldson is a member of Thompsons Solicitors’ Birmingham-based employment team covering the West Midlands.

Having worked for Thompsons since 2006, Kimberley has been involved in a number of practice areas and gained considerable experience in cases involving personal injury, clinical negligence and employment law.

Now as part of the employment team, Kimberley deals with a variety of cases from initial advice to unions through to final hearings at employment tribunals.

Kimberley points out that the nature of employment has changed dramatically due to social, political, economic and technological factors. In that context she enjoys working with Thompsons’ union clients in ensuring that their members have a voice in relationships where the employer has far more bargaining power. She believes unions do a fantastic job in attempting to compensate for this imbalance of power and she is proud that Thompsons have the same values.

She points out that as part of those values Thompsons only works on behalf of claimants. The firm is also active in political, industrial and legal campaigns aimed at improving the lives of those it represents. Kimberley points out that the “Feeding Fat Cats” and the “Patients Before Profits” campaigns are examples of initiatives taken by Thompsons.

Kimberley says that Thompsons is far more client-focused than other firms of solicitors. “I am not motivated primarily by money and neither are my colleagues,” she says.

Away from the cut and thrust of legal work, Kimberley likes reading, music and being outdoors with her children.

KIMBERLEY’S CASE EXPERIENCE

Kimberley advises on matters such as wage disputes and unfair dismissal claims. As well as managing her own cases, she also drafts documents and gives general assistance to other case handlers in the team.

In addition, she manages enforcement proceedings and liaises with High Court Enforcement Agents in recovering COT3 / Settlement Agreement / Judgment awards. A COT3 is an agreement which records the terms of settlement of an employment tribunal claim (or potential claim) which has been agreed between a worker and his or her employer with the assistance of a conciliation officer employed by ACAS.

She has also worked for a number of years on local government equal pay cases.

As part of her experience in clinical negligence, Kimberley was involved in helping the victims of disgraced breast cancer surgeon Ian Paterson who was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent in respect of his private practice at Spire Healthcare hospitals in the West Midlands. He was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment following a Court of Appeal hearing in August 2017.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Associate member, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

TESTIMONIALS

“Excellent service and communication when contact made,” January 2019 – Mr B

“Thank you for all the help you have given me,” December 2018 – Mrs P