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Jill Donabie

Jill Donabie

Partner | Employment

Jenny Coull
Jenny Coull is Jill's PA
Legal 500 UK Recommended Lawyer 2023

About Jill

Recognised as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ by Legal 500 UK, Jill, a partner in our Sports, Education and Charities team, has vast experience in providing private and public sector clients with employment and education advice. 

She has vast knowledge and experience in advising on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment law and HR issues including employment documentation, tribunals, projects (such as TUPE transfers and restructuring) and collective issues and advising on student and parental issues in the education sector including safeguarding, discrimination and special educational needs. 

Jill regularly delivers training on a wide range of topics and chairs a networking group of HR professionals in schools.

"The team at Muckle have provided comprehensive and timely legal advice across a broad range of areas to NPCAT over the last 2 years, covering everything from employment law advice to complex contract reviews. Their knowledge of the education sector adds real value to their service and provides assurance to all levels of our Trust when dealing with such matters".

Jim Farquhar
Chief Operating Officer at Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust
Education

Legal 500 UK states that ‘Jill’s knowledge of the education sector is invaluable’ which makes her well placed to support schools, Multi-Academy Trusts, colleges and universities on both contentious and non-contentious employment and education matters.

She works exclusively with education clients providing practical, solutions-based, advice on all types of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. This includes projects such as TUPE transfers, varying terms and conditions, collective and individual redundancies and restructuring, employment tribunal claims and day-to-day staffing issues and documentation. 

Jill manages many sensitive issues having advised on student and parental complaints particularly involving discrimination and SEN. Her expertise in safeguarding issues has led to her advising on policies in both the education and not-for-profit sector.

Jill is Vice-Chair of Governors at a local school and leads on our Mi LegalEd retainer package.

Jill Donabie – very personable and considerate of ways of working. Able to communicate effectively without all the ‘legal’ jargon and understand the needs of the business.

Legal 500 UK, client quote
Employment

Recognised as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ by Legal 500 UK, Jill, a partner in our Sports, Education and Charities team, has over 18 years’ experience in providing private and public sector clients with employment and education advice. 

She has vast knowledge and experience in advising on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment law and HR issues including employment documentation, tribunals, projects (such as TUPE transfers and restructuring) and collective issues and advising on student and parental issues in the education sector including safeguarding, discrimination and special educational needs. 

Jill regularly delivers training on a wide range of topics and chairs a networking group of HR professionals in schools.

Regular informal catch ups with Jill Donabie who is always willing to help, have proved to be beneficial acting as a good ‘sounding board’ for advice.

Legal 500 UK, client quote

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