Rhiannon Dale

Senior Associate

Rhiannon Dale joined Hugh James in 2008 as a paralegal in the Employment and HR Services team. During this time, she obtained extensive experience in dealing with various employment tribunal claims including unfair and constructive dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing, breach of contract, unlawful deduction from wages and TUPE claims.

She then undertook her training contract with the firm, obtaining civil litigation experience in the clinical negligence and industrial disease departments, before returning to the employment department and qualifying into the department in May 2013.

On a daily basis Rhiannon advises and assists on a variety of contentious and non-contentious employment issues to a range of clients, from family-owned business and individuals, to third sector and local authority clients. She also reviews and drafts contracts of employment, staff handbooks, policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the ever changing employment legislation and ensure that they are tailored to suit the needs, ethos and culture of individual organisations.

She also regularly negotiates, drafts and advises on complex and high value settlement agreements.


  • Employment law
  • Employment tribunal litigation
  • Settlement agreements
  • Contracts of employment
  • Handbooks and policies
  • All types of discrimination
  • Whistleblowing
  • Disciplinary and grievance issues
  • Performance management and absence management


  • Cardiff University - Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Commendation)
  • University of Wales, Aberystwyth (including a year spent at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) - LLB Law with German (2:1)
  • Brynmawr Foundation School

Career History

  • 2008-2011 Hugh James - Paralegal in the Employment and HR Services team
  • 2011-2013 Hugh James – Trainee Solicitor undertaking seats in the Employment, Clinical Negligence and Industrial Disease departments
  • 2013 – 2016 Hugh James – Solicitor in the Employment and HR Services team
  • 2016 - present Hugh James - Associate  in the Employment and HR Services team



I have recently been involved with a large project involving changes to terms and conditions of employment for the entire workforce of a key client. This involved drafting new contracts of employment, new handbooks, communication to all staff and HR consultancy work

I have recently been involved in a long running TUPE case, which has now been appealed to the Supreme Court.


  • German

What do you love most about your job? 

I love the fact that two days are rarely the same; I come across weird and wonderful scenarios and enjoy thinking outside of the box to come up with solutions that work both commercially and practically for my clients.

What do you like to do outside work?

Travelling – especially in pursuit of outstanding views and vistas from the deck of a cruise ship! Theatre – particularly the musical variety Technology – to satisfy the needs of my "inner geek" Food and wine – well, it would be rude not to, wouldn’t it?


Rhiannon Dale is able to relate the law to real practical advice, weighing up the pros and cons and relating it back to our business.

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