The Team

We are a Leeds based niche practice dealing with all aspects of employer-employee relationships

Samira Cakali
Managing Director, Solicitor Advocate LLB (Hons), Higher Rights (Civil)

Samira Cakali is a client focused, commercial solicitor who takes the ‘pain away’ from her clients when dealing with a dispute. She has extensive employment law and dispute resolution experience, having worked with a range of commercial businesses from SME’s to multinationals as well as senior executives.

She has over 10 years experience and founded the firm in Leeds in 2011 because she wanted to provide clients with high quality legal advice, on time, on budget and in a personal and supportive manner. The experience she gained in both a national and regional law practice enables her to do just that!

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Debbie Mactaggart
Consultant Solicitor

Debbie is a qualified solicitor with over 25 years’ experience in resolving employment and business disputes. If you have a dispute with a customer, a supplier or an employee, Debbie can help resolve it.

Debbie’s strengths include excellent relationships with her clients, empathy and people skills. Her focus is on getting the right result for her clients.  She advises on the merits of a claim and the best way to protect her client's interests whether that be by negotiation, mediation or a court or tribunal hearing.

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Emma Roberts
Trainee Solicitor LLB (Hons), LLM

Emma joined SCE Solicitors in December 2017 as a Paralegal providing Employment and HR support.

Emma advises both employers and employees from a broad range of sections on contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. This involves advising on disciplinary and grievances, redundancies and termination of employment and settlement agreements, as well as advising on and responding to internal employment disputes and tribunal claims.

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Sam Mukhtar
Paralegal/PA

Sam Mukhtar is a paralegal at SCE Solicitors, she has over 5 years of legal experience. Prior to starting her role at SCE Solicitors, she worked in a regional firm in Greater Manchester dealing with civil matters before moving to Leeds and joining the SCE team.

Sam works closely with Managing Director, Samira Cakali, in the management and smooth running of cases on a day to day basis. She excels in client care and her ability to build a rapport with individuals and corporate clients, is second to none.

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Antony Eckersley
Health and Safety Consultant

Antony Eckersley is a senior Health and Safety consultant, who has substantial experience in dealing with Health and Safety issues for high profile companies in the commercial and industrial sectors throughout the country. 

Since qualifying Antony has been a health and safety consultant for over fifteen years, prior to which he had an industrial background originally working in the printing industry.

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Sarah Dykes
Health and Safety Consultant

Sarah has the know-how and experience to interpret complex safety legislation in practical terms. Sarah helps busy managers in organisations by taking the hard work out of complying with complex Health & Safety legislation by providing realistic advice. Sarah is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOCSH).

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Jennifer Hoult
Practice Manager

Jennifer Hoult is the firm’s Practice Manager and is responsible for the day to day running of the office. Jennifer’s previous experience in teaching and customer services has allowed her to excel in building client relationships and she is always eager to assist clients wherever she can.

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Hannah Anderson
Legal Assistant

Hannah is the firm’s friendly receptionist and legal assistant, she has 12 years’ experience in accounts, payroll and finance.

Hannah works closely with Jennifer and the fee earners assisting them with the day to day running of the practise and ensuring clients receive the best possible care at every opportunity.

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