Helen Unger

Helen Unger

Senior Consultant



Helen has extensive experience advising on contentious and non-contentious employment law issues.

Prior to joining Ignition in 2016, Helen worked in-house at Credit Suisse investment bank, in London, advising on employment law and employee relation issues. Before this, Helen trained and then worked as an associate at SJ Berwin LLP.

Helen provides strategic advice on all aspects of employment law. Her specialism is providing tactical advice in relation to resolution of work place disputes, grievance and disciplinary cases, performance issues and employee exits.


Relevant experience includes:

  • Advising HR specialists on high-risk issues, such as whistleblowing and discrimination cases.
  • Managing grievance and disciplinary processes from start to finish.
  • Negotiating settlements in respect of management level departures.
  • Providing ongoing advice to businesses in respect of employee relations issues such employee absence, stress risk assessments, reasonable adjustments, performance improvement plans, diversity and redundancy.
  • Assiting companies to ensure they are engaging individuals on the correct terms and the impact of “IR35”.
  • Drafting effective documentation to ensure an employer remains legally compliant and fulfils its legal obligations. Including the following: consultancy, employment, casual worker contracts; staff handbooks; training decks; scripts for challenging meetings; redundancy correspondence.

Fine Print

Key Practices


Education and Training

University of Reading, Université de Grenoble, College of Law, London.


SJ Berwin, Credit Suisse

A social cause I care about

Ensuring clean drinking water is a global human right. The prevention of human (specifically child) trafficking.

Other interests

Photography, travel. Very much a foodie.

News, Insights & Resources


Hiring and Firing Senior Employees – Webinar Recording

On the 22nd March we held a webinar to discuss the legal ins and outs of hiring and firing employees. Ignition’s Head of Employment, Nicky Cranfield led the webinar, covering everything from reasons for “fair” dismissal, to settlement agreements. Below we have a video recording for those of you who weren’t able to make it on the day.

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IR35 (again)?

Postponed from April 2020, this time around, the new off-payroll working rules, more commonly known as “IR35” are set to come into force as of 6 April 2021.

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