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5 Minutes with Associate Solicitor, Harvinder Sehmbey

Harvinder joined SCE Solicitors in April 2020 as an Associate Solicitor. She kindly took some time out of her busy schedule to talk to us about her role at SCE and for us to find out about her life in law.

Tell us about your current role and how you got there? 

I am an Associate Solicitor at SCE Solicitors, a boutique law firm specialising in employment law and commercial litigation. We are a small team of highly experienced lawyers and our business model enables us to provide cost-effective, bespoke advice to both individuals and businesses.

On a daily basis I advise both employers and employees from a broad range of sections on contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. This involves advising on disciplinaries, grievances, redundancies, termination of employment and settlement agreements, as well as advising on and responding to tribunal claims.

I also assist in the running of the firm’s myHR service where I support businesses in the day-to-day management of their staff. 

I studied Law at Leeds Metropolitan University before undertaking the Legal Practice Course at Staffordshire University, and qualified in 2006 as an Employment lawyer. I practised until 2012 and then took a side step and started to work in HR and therefore have a broad range of experience in HR and Employment law. 

When did you first become interested in law? 

My interest in law developed at college when I studied ‘A’ level law, and took an interest in murder mystery programmes and how these cases were solved which fascinated me.  

What do you love about your role? What are the challenges? 

I get a lot of job satisfaction from a client coming to me with a problem, and then being able to help them whether it means they understand something better, or move things along in the process.  

Challenges: the thing I think most lawyers struggle with is leaving cases at the office, and not thinking about them out of hours.  

What do your mornings look like? 

Mornings differ quite a bit depending on weekdays or weekends. No day is the same. However I can’t start my day without a cup of tea!

How do you achieve a work-life balance? 

It’s a work in progress. I currently work 4 days a week to ensure I have this balance between work and home. If I switch off totally from work I tend to be more focused by the time I’m back the office on a Monday.  

Name 3 things you can’t live without in a day. 

Cup of tea in the morning, seeing my kids, and food!  

Do you read for leisure? 

Yes, I like to read when I can. The last book I read was Alex Ferguson’s autobiography. Although I’m not a die hard football fan, it was very interesting to read about his time with one of the biggest football teams in the world. 

Where is your favourite holiday destination?  


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My ideal weekend involves…

A Friday night in front of the TV with a take-away and bottle of wine. A browse around the shops on a Saturday or a bit on online shopping. Sunday has to be a relaxing day with not doing much and ensuring I’m totally ready to face the week ahead on Monday morning.  

How have you been trying to pass the time in the current coronavirus pandemic lockdown?

This has been difficult to manage. This has involved from anything from cooking, cleaning, exercising, taking part in an obstacle course set up by my children. I have also taken this opportunity to learn more about technology and how to stay in touch with friends and family!  

If you need any help and advice in relation to Employment and HR Law please do not hesitate to contact Harvinder or the team on 01133 50 40 30 or at harvinder.sehmbey@scesolicitors.co.uk

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