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06 March 2017

Emily Chalkley Appointed by Employment Lawyers Association

Emily Chalkley, Associate at Charles Russell Speechlys in Guildford, has been appointed as the Junior Representative on the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) Management Committee.

This prestigious appointment, following a national selection process, enables Emily to be the voice of the junior members. As part of her role she will lead a steering group of junior employment lawyers and also plans to build up a social networking group for junior members.

Emily Chalkley commented, “I applied for the role to bring fresh ideas to the Association and help ELA to provide more specialised training for its junior members. This role creates a great opportunity to raise both mine and the firm's profile and I am looking forward to becoming more actively involved with ELA’s strategy and plans.”

Nick Hurley, Partner at Charles Russell Speechlys and Head of the law firm’s Employment, Pensions and Immigration (EPI) Group added, "I am absolutely delighted that Emily has been selected for this role. The ELA has over 6,000 members and is the pre-eminent body representing our practice area. This appointment is a hugely prestigious one and I have total confidence that Emily will discharge her duties in representing the junior end of the profession with aplomb. It is a feather in our and her cap and I am immensely proud of her achievement."

ELA represents the views and interests of qualified employment lawyers in the UK and internationally and is widely recognised as the voice of authority in employment law. Members are drawn from all branches of the legal profession and include barristers, solicitors, in-house counsel and union representatives who act for employers and employees, trade unions, the voluntary sector, industry and the judiciary. For further information, please visit

Emily Chalkley, who was voted Young Surrey Businesswoman of the Year by Surrey Chamber of Commerce in 2016, trained with Charles Russell and qualified in the Employment Law team in 2014. In her current role, she acts for both employers and employees and advises on a wide variety of matters, including restrictive covenants, redundancy, TUPE and whistleblowing. She has wide experience in handling employment tribunal cases.