Ashley Topping
Legal Director
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+44 (0)131 656 0255
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Ashley trained at Brodies at the start of her career in law and has specialised in employment law since 2004. Since then she has had a varied career working with clients across the UK and internationally. Latterly she spent seven years as the principal in-house employment lawyer and Head of Employee Relations for a large financial services plc, before re-joining the Employment Team in 2018.

Ashley’s invaluable experience enables her to provide strategic HR support on all aspects of employment law and employee relations matters, and pragmatic advice that is commercial, relevant, and easily accessible.   She has in-depth experience advising on all employment aspects of corporate M&A activity, business restructures and TUPE, collective consultations and negotiations, policy and contractual issues, and executive and regulatory matters, particularly within the financial sector. 

Ashley has represented and advised clients in a variety of contentious proceedings, disputes and mediations, from complex and challenging Tribunal claims, to proceedings for the enforcement of restrictive covenants and protection of intellectual property. Ashley is also highly experienced in dealing with sensitive executive matters and settlement agreements.

Ashley has also spent time tutoring at Edinburgh University on the employment law electives of the Professional Competence Course and Diploma in Legal Practice, and assisting charities on a pro bono basis in the UK and abroad.