Deborah Scales

Position(s)  Solicitor

Area(s) of Practice  Employment


Phone  01234 263 263


Deborah Scales joined Cartwright King in January 2015 as an Employment Solicitor after three years heading up the employment team of a large regional firm in East Anglia. Prior to this she practiced employment, housing and social welfare law in law centres largely funded by Legal Aid and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. 

Deborah took up law as a second career after a successful decade working in marketing, publishing and television. She was called to the Bar in 2007 and later cross-qualified as a solicitor. Deborah specialises in a broad range of contentious and non-contentious work for both employers and employees. This includes advising on large scale restructures and redundancies, contracts of employment and policies, unfair dismissals, breaches of contract, discrimination and whistle-blowing claims, injunctive relief and employment tribunal representation. 

Deborah can also advise on county court claims for discrimination in the provision of goods and services. She initially advised the gay couple in the Morgan and Black v Wilkinson case to submit a claim for unlawful sexual orientation after they were turned away by Christian bed and breakfast owner when she realised they were gay. This case was taken up by the civil rights group Liberty and reached the Court of Appeal. 

Deborah is frequently called upon for her training and presentation skills and she holds regular HR Forums and Q&A sessions for business groups. She is a member of the Employment Law Policy Unit of the Federation of Small Businesses which lobbies Parliament on behalf of businesses and therefore has particular insight into the employment problems facing her commercial clients.  Deborah was awarded a Denning Scholarship by the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn and has been interviewed by BBC radio on discrimination issues.  On a voluntary basis she advises “Natural High”, a charity for disadvantaged youth, on employment and equality and discrimination issues.   

Deborah's entry in Legal 500 reads, "Knowledgeable and informative...saves clients time and worry."

Specialist areas:

Employment law and discrimination, discrimination in goods and services.

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