Emma-Louise Hewitt

Emma-Louise Hewitt

Head of Department, Partner
Dispute Resolution, Employment

Tel: 01217463300
Office: Birmingham

About Emma-Louise Hewitt

Emma specialises in all areas of Employment Law acting for both employees and employers in a range of areas including but not limited to:

  • Drafting contracts, handbooks, policies and procedures
  • Negotiating exit packages and Settlement Agreements
  • Advising on potential Employment Tribunal claims such as unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal
  • Guidance on re-structuring and redundancy
  • Assistance with disciplinary and grievance procedures and processes
  • Negotiation during ACAS early conciliation
  • Advising on all aspects of workplace discrimination and bullying
  • Workplace training on best practice and staff management for supervisors and managers
  • Providing general day to day employment law advice and support to business owners, managers and HR advisors

Client Sectors:  Automotive, Professional Services, Hospitality, Recruitment, Engineering, Manufacturing, Care Homes, Retail, Fashion, Casinos and Logistics.

Emma Studied Law at Derby University from 2003 – 2006, undertook her LPC at The College of Law Birmingham (now University of Law) in 2006 - 2007.  She worked as a paralegal at Davies and Partners Solicitors before completing her training contract with them in February 2010. She then joined Standley & Co Solicitors in March 2010 as an Assistant Solicitor, becoming Head of the Employment Department in 2011 and then Equity Partner from April 2015 until 31 July 2018.  Emma heads up our Sydney Mitchell Employment Law Team.

What our clients say

Legal 500 testimonials from clients:

  • 'Emma-Louise Hewitt was very quick at putting my mind at ease on a very complex case'
  • 'Emma-Louise Hewitt is an outstanding employment lawyer. Emma is not only a great technical lawyer but one who has great empathy and compassion for her clients and I feel that she always go the 'extra mile' for them'
  • 'Emma-Louise Hewitt is conscientious, diligent and always keen to get the best result for her clients'
  • 'Emma-Louise Hewitt gives me practical advice that I can understand'
  • 'Emma-Louise Hewitt was brilliant in helping me achieve what I wanted out of my case'

"Years ago Sydney Mitchell represented me in my divorce case and when I needed their expertise again with an employment dispute they acted again professionally, sensitively and with a smile"

“Professional, practical advice from Emma. She is always there when I need her.”

“Emma is such a great asset to your company, I will pass on any future clients that I can.”
Mr Toulouse, Sapphire Windscreens

“Emma Hewitt was very knowledgeable through the whole process. Would recommend her.”
Ms Rehana Begum

Types of Law used

Employment Law

What the Directories say

2021-22 - Legal 500 - Employment

With Emma-Louise Hewitt at the helm at Sydney Mitchell LLP the 'very responsive and supportive' group has been busy advising employers and employees on a broad spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters... Recently, the group has been involved in a number of judicial mediations which have resulted in settlements of its clients’ claims for significant sums of money.

The team is described as 'going the extra mile for its clients'.


2019-2020 - Legal 500 - Employment

Senior Associate Emma-Louise Hewitt joined Sydney Mitchell LLP in September 2018 from Standley & Co Solicitors to become the new department head.
Hewitt's team handles a mix of claimant and respondent matters, with recent work including whistleblowing cases, unfair dismissal claims, and matters involving disability discrimination and sexual harassment.


Awards and Recognition

  • 2020 - Rising Star - Legal 500
  • 2017 – Emma was a finalist in the category of Future Face of Legal at the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Future Faces Awards
  • May 2017 – Received a Commendation for the Woman Who Achieves in Business 
  • February 2017 – Emma was nominated for an award in the Networking Mummies national Recognition Business Awards

Career History

  • May 2022 – Partner, Head of Employment Law, Sydney Mitchell
  • September 2018 - Head of Employment Law, Associate, Sydney Mitchell
  • April 2015 – July 2018 – Partner, Standley & Co
  • March 2010 – April 2015 – Solicitor, Standley & Co
  • 2008 – 2010 – Trainee Solicitor, Davies and Partners
  • 2007-2008 - Paralegal, Davies and Partners


  • 2003 – 2006 Derby University
  • 2006 – 2007 College of Law Birmingham (now University of Law)

Interests and Hobbies

Running, going to the gym, practising my golf, cooking and spending quality time with family and friends.

UK Top Tier Firm 2022 Lexcel Practice Management Standard Birmingham Law Firm of the Year for 2021 Resolution Collaborative Family Lawyer
The Law Society Accredited in Family Law Conveyancing Quality Scheme