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Deborah Scales

Position(s)  Solicitor , Associate

Area(s) of Practice  Employment

Location(s)  Nottingham

Phone   0808 168 5550


Deborah Scales

Deborah Scales is an experienced employment and discrimination lawyer working for both businesses and individuals. She heads up our employment law team which covers a broad range of contentious and non-contentious work including  large scale restructures and redundancies, contracts of employment and policies, unfair dismissal, breaches of contract, discrimination and whistle-blowing claims, injunctive relief and employment tribunal representation. Deborah also supervises our specialist Legal Aid contracts providing advice and representation to victims of discrimination (

Deborah has appeared on the BBC News Channel, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Nottingham and BBC Radio Derby talking about various employment law topics of the day including the controversial topic of sexual harassment at work. She has sat on advisory panels including the Equalities and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) panel on Religion & Belief and the Federation of Small Businesses' Employment Law Policy Committee which lobbied the government on behalf of SMEs. She was a Trustee of "Natural High", a charity which aimed to encourage young people away from drugs and alcohol through music, drama and sport. She has been a school governor and sat on Huntingdon Town Council after winning a bi election.

Deborah was Called to the Bar in 2007 and is a member of Lincoln's Inn Denning Society after winning a scholarship. She crossed qualified as a solicitor in 2011. Prior to qualifying she was a case worker with law centres and Citizens Advice specialising in social welfare law, housing and employment law funded by Legal Aid and discrimination law funded by the EHRC.

Deborah also initially advised one of the gay couples who were turned away by a Christian bed and breakfast owner on the basis of their sexual orientation. The couple’s case was later taken up by the human rights organisation, Liberty, and led to a judgement by the county court that they had been unlawfully discriminated against by the business owner. In addition to discrimination at work cases Deborah can represent individuals, businesses and educational establishments in discrimination in goods and services and in education.

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