Multi-disciplined law firm Banner Jones has expanded its Employment Law division with the appointment of Sara Ellison, a HR and Employment Law Legal Executive.

A Legal 500 recommended lawyer recognised for her “straight-talking” approach, Sara joins the Sheffield-based Employment Law team with immediate effect, bringing with her more than 14-years’ experience advising both individuals and private, public and third sector clients.

Having studied at Sheffield Hallam University before joining Irwin Mitchell, and subsequently Watson Esam and Taylor Bracewell, Sara has particular expertise in discrimination and unfair dismissal cases, providing advice at all stages from internal disputes to full Tribunal representation.

The new appointment follows the recent recognition of Banner Jones in the latest Legal 500 – an independent guide to the leading law firms in the UK with rankings based on market research and client and peer feedback – in which the firm appeared for the 5th consecutive year.

Director and Head of Employment Law at Banner Jones, Katie Ash, said: “Sara is a welcome addition to our established Employment Law team – bringing with her considerable expertise and experience, and further bolstering our ability to meet increased demand.

“Having previously worked with Sara at Watson Esam and Taylor Bracewell, I am delighted that she is joining the team in this period of growth as we continue to deliver high quality employment law services.”

Commenting on her appointment, Sara Ellison said: “As a Chartered Legal Executive I enjoy the challenges that specialising in this particular area of the law presents from negotiating an amicable solution early on in a case to save time, costs and also the emotional distress that accompanies workplace disagreements to being involved in employment tribunal litigation.

“Joining a multi- award-winning, ambitious law firm with a long-established reputation for excellence in employment law is a fantastic opportunity and I am thrilled to be able to bring my expertise to Banner Jones.”