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Meet the team


Karen Bulfin




Karen qualified as a Solicitor in 1985 and mainly looks after our Employer clients although she also advises Employee clients on their Settlement Agreements.


Her interest in employment law was sparked in the early years of her career whilst working in the public sector. In 1994, with 3 young children and a brand new set of Employment Law Encyclopaedias installed in what was once her dining room, she set up her specialist employment law Firm. The Firm has grown to the practice that it is today and Karen herself is widely recognised as a specialist in her field.

Karen is an experienced Trainer, providing training to companies and organisations on a wide range of employment law topics.

Karen is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association and the Law Society. Outside of work, her passion is theatre. She is also a regular fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer UK.


Meg qualified as a barrister in 1992 at Middle Temple. She spent over 15 years working as an employed barrister within the private and public sectors, obtaining in-depth experience in all areas of Employment Law, specialising particularly in TUPE, whistle-blowing, discrimination and unfair dismissal.

Meg loves advocacy and is never happier than when she’s knee deep in Tribunal case papers. She has successfully prepared Employment Tribunal cases for both employers and employees, providing pragmatic legal and tactical advice. Meg has extensive experience of preparing and representing cases in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Meg has recently been appointed as a Deputy District Judge and she is also an experienced trainer. For several years, she delivered popular training courses to legal professionals for Central Law Training.”

She is a member of the Industrial Law Society, Employment Lawyers’ Association and the Employment Law Bar Association. In her spare time, Meg enjoys opera and cycling.




Meg Pennycook

Tribunals Specialist


Deborah Scales



Deborah is an experienced Employment and Discrimination lawyer with a mixed practice representing both businesses and individuals. She believes this gives her the edge when negotiating with ‘the other side’. Areas of expertise include discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing, restraints of trade, TUPE, collective redundancies, employment status and IR35 issues, managing employee conflict, grievances and disciplinary investigations, and negotiating severance packages (on both sides of the fence). With the explosion in remote working, Deborah has been advising businesses on the risks and opportunities of employing workers living in overseas jurisdictions.

Deborah was Called to the Bar in 2007 and cross-qualified as a solicitor in 2011. She has sat on advisory panels including the EHRC’s panel on Religion & Belief and the Federation of Small Businesses’ Employment Law Policy Committee. She is a member of Lincoln’s Inn Denning Society after being awarded a scholarship in 2005.

Outside of work, she enjoys following her local pub bands and catching up with her three adult daughters – currently spread across three continents.



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