Kemp Little employment partner Marian Bloodworth has been elected as chair of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA), as of 9 September 2020. 

Bloodworth has been deputy chair of the ELA for two years, following four years as chair of training. She takes over the reins from Juliet Carp, consultant Solicitor at Keystone Law, who served as ELA’s chair from 2018-20. 

Bloodworth has expertise in helping clients in the financial and professional services sector manage their legal risk and is experienced in managing complex and high value litigation, having conducted many multi-strand claims for discrimination and whistleblowing.

In 2019 she acted as special advisor to the UK Parliamentary Women and Equalities Select Committee in relation to their inquiry and report into the use of NDAs in discrimination and harassment complaints.  

Commenting on her new role, Bloodworth says: “Although I am taking over as chair at a particularly challenging time, given the impact in the workplace of covid-19, Brexit and general market conditions, I am delighted to be elected as chair and am very much looking forward to continuing the work that has been done by Juliet and previous chairs, and to guiding the organisation through the next two years.

“ELA has a key role to play in supporting the work and interests of its members, and in promoting the best practice of employment law, in accordance with our aims. I am also keen to ensure that ELA plays its part in raising awareness of the on-going need to address issues of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the area of racial equality and I know that a lot of our members are focussing on this too.”