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Deborah Warren

Legal Director

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“I find Deborah to be a very approachable and professional person. Deborah and the team have supported the Group whilst understanding the importance of a commercial approach.” HR Manager, LNT Group Limited

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Deborah regularly advises on and manages multifaceted re-organisation, restructure and redundancy projects, involving both individual and collective consultation. With particular expertise in advising on complex and developing areas of employment law, she often advises businesses on issues such as employment status, holiday pay, trade union recognition and the application of TUPE.

She frequently supports the firm’s Corporate Recovery team and has significant experience in dealing with employment law issues arising on distressed or insolvent sales.

Deborah deals with complex employment tribunal litigation, including claims involving numerous strands of discrimination, multiple respondents, insolvent respondents, and collective consultation (brought by trade unions).

Deborah was nominated and shortlisted for the Yorkshire Lawyer’s Rising Star award in 2017.

“I take a solution-driven practical approach, tailoring my advice to achieve my client’s desired outcome. Working with both blue chip human resources (HR) teams, financial directors, boards and owner managed businesses, I aim to be an extension of their team - identifying their needs, advising them accordingly, and providing any necessary employment law training to support their development.” 

Career Path

  • 2001 University of Leeds, Awarded BSc Psychology Degree
  • 2004 College of Law, Chester, Awarded Distinction for Graduate Diploma in Law
  • 2005 College of Law, Chester, Awarded Distinction for Legal Practice Course
  • 2007 Joined Clarion
  • 2009 Qualified into Clarion’s Employment Team
  • 2015 Promoted to Senior Associate 
  • 2018 Promoted to Legal Director

Deborah Warren is very conscientious and excellent with clients.

Legal 500 2019

As an in-house lawyer, it is often challenging to find lawyers who provide the full package of pragmatic and fully commercial yet technically excellent advice, delivered at speed. Deborah provides it all in spades. She understands the dynamic required to work with in house lawyers and we have seen real progress in the handling of our outsourced employment matters since she took them on. She is a real pleasure to work with, and good fun!

Legal Adviser, Employment, Equiniti Limited

Deborah is definitely my go to person for employment law advice! She is always pragmatic in her approach, having taken the time to understand the business. There have been times when things happen unexpectedly, and Deborah has gone the extra mile to respond in a calm and timely manner, ensuring I can resolve a situation quickly and professionally. She may not be able to make the impossible possible, but she can certainly make the difficult, doable!

HR Manager, Magnet Limited

Deborah has not only been a trusted advisor but a mentor, guiding and assisting me with my business and employment legislation. Whether it is a quick check of a letter or full process guidance, Deborah has always been prompt and detailed in her response and explanation. She always goes above and beyond to assist me and my team and I feel she is an extra branch to our HR function.

Head of HR, LNT Group Limited