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Associateships and employment law

We support members on a wide range of employment and associate issues such as contract checking, performance management and grievances/disciplinaries.

Associate Director of Advisory Services
Advisory Services

 

James is a barrister specialising in employment law and dental contracts. He has appeared in a number of employment appeal tribunals on behalf of dentists and is also an accredited mediator. James has been with the BDA for 12 years. 

Juliet Mellor
Head of Operations (Advisory Services)
Advisory Services and line management of Practice Support

 

Juliet is a qualified solicitor, having previously worked in private practice and in legal departments within the NHS. Her expertise lies in NHS regulations, commercial contracts and commercial property. She’s an accredited mediator and has been with the BDA for eight years. 

Alan Pitcaithley 
Practice Management Consultant  

Practice Support

 

Alan is a practice management consultant focussing on a range of non-clinical issues affecting associates and practice owners in Northern Ireland and Scotland. He has been with the BDA for more than 10 years.

Claire Bennett
Practice Management Consultant  

Practice Support

 
Claire is a solicitor specialising in employment law. She advises members on issues relating to practice management, including staff contracts, sickness absence management, disciplinaries, grievances and data protection. Claire is an accredited mediator. 

David Harris 
Practice Management Consultant  

Practice Support

 

David is a solicitor with 30 years’ experience advising on employment law. He has also worked for local authorities and law centres, specialising in unfair dismissal and discrimination claims before employment tribunals. At the BDA, David advises on contracts, employment, HR and dental legal issues. 

Jacinta McKiernan
Practice Management Consultant  

Practice Support

 

A chartered member of the CIPD, Jess has 18 years’ experience in human resources. She is also an accredited mediator. Jess has previously worked for a global HR consultancy company with specific expertise in complex, employee relation matters. 

Nashima Morgan

Practice Management Consultant  

Practice Support

 

Nashima joined the BDA after completing the postgraduate legal practice course and has over 18 years experience advising members on employment and HR issues,
conducting disciplinary and grievance meetings. Nashima is an accredited mediator and advises members on contractual disputes between practice owners and associates.

Natalie Birchall 
Practice Management Consultant  

Practice Support

 

Natalie is a solicitor specialising in employment law. She advises members on a wide range of issues relating to practice management, including contracts, sickness absence management, disciplinaries, grievances and data protection. Natalie is an accredited mediator. 

Neeta Udhian 
Practice Management Consultant  

Practice Support

 

Neeta has an LLB in law and an advanced professional diploma in employment law. She is also an accredited interpersonal mediator. Neeta provides advice to BDA members on complex employee relation matters as well as on all aspects of running a dental practice, including contractual disputes. 

Sabina Mirza 
Practice Management Consultant  

Practice Support

 

Sabina holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and is a chartered member of the CIPD. She advises on all aspects of running a dental practice, focussing primarily on employment law and contractual disputes. 

James Dawson
Head of Advice Publications
Advice Production team

 

James co-ordinates online advice for members as well as reviewing contracts, writing advice articles and e-newsletters and doing talks on a number of advice topics. He has been with the BDA for more than 10 years. 

Sobia Hafiz
Contracts and Administration Advisor
Practice Support

 

Sobia studied law at Queen Mary University London before embarking upon a career in regulation. She has worked for several health regulatory bodies such as the Medicines Health Regulation Agency (MHRA) , the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the General Dental Council (GDC).