ALISON COLLEY

EMPLOYMENT SOLICITOR & ENTREPRENEUR 

I am a Solicitor and founder of Real Employment Law Advice. I qualified as a Solicitor in June 2006 and since then I have specialised in providing advice to Employers and Employees on all aspects of Employment Law and HR, including mediation and dispute resolution within the workplace.

I have experience of helping individual employees and businesses to deal with the stress that comes with problems at work and Employment Tribunal procedures.

It is my goal to provide clear and unstuffy legal advice when it is required and to be on hand to prevent problems from arising.

My particular speciality is putting clients at ease throughout what is a very stressful time. I understand that there are factors outside of the legal position that affect decision making and therefore am able to appreciate what is important to you  outside of the black and white lawyer perspective!

Prior to setting up Real Employment Law Advice I worked for Coffin Mew Solicitors in Portsmouth and Southampton, and prior to that at QualitySolicitors Knight Polson in Eastleigh, where I trained. 

SOLENT UNIVERSITY

I am an independent governor at Solent University which is where I studied for my degree in Law, graduating in 2001.

I have been on the Board of Governors at Solent since 2010, and have been Deputy Chair of the Board since September 2016. I currently also sit on the Audit and Remuneration Committee, of which I am the Chair.

Solent University is a fantastic place with leading innovative courses. Solent is a great asset to the local community and has a commitment to widening participation at University and social justice, both of which I support wholeheartedly.

If you would like to know more about Solent University then why not have a look at their website www.solent.ac.uk.

PODCASTER

I have enjoyed listening to Podcasts for several years’ since reading the Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. In fact it was the Internet Business Mastery and Smart Passive Income Podcasts that led me onto my entrepreneurial journey to setting up my own business.

I was inspired to start Podcasting as a hobby and created a podcast talking about the Isle of Wight. This is where I got started on actually podcasting myself, although I am not sure many people actually listened it was great practice!

In August 2014 I launched my business podcast the HR & Employment Law Podcast, and since launching I have been featured in the iTunes New & Noteworthy section for Business podcasts.

I have also been featured in the Guardian online about the podcast.

You can listen on ITunesStitcher or on my website for Employers.

SOLICITORS ARE HUMAN BEINGS? NO WAY!

I live on the Isle of Wight and so I am fortunate enough to have a great place for activities on my doorstep, and all year round you can be guaranteed to find something to do. 

As well as enjoying life on the Island I like to travel and I was fortunate enough to be able to take a grown up gap year and spent 10 months travelling around the world a few years’ back. 

Travelling also enabled me to embrace my inner adrenaline junkie!