The Team


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

Samira Cakali is a pragmatic and approachable solicitor advocate with extensive contentious and non-contentious experience in the fields of employment law as well as civil litigation, within 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!

She has a particular interest in discrimination and mental health and is an accredited Mental Health First Aider. 

Samira is quick to grasp complex legal issues and this has led to her client’s describing her advocacy skills as being “invaluable for a pain free victorious day in court”.  

Her communication skills are further enhanced by her linguistic skills; she speaks fluent Urdu, French and is currently learning Turkish. 

To owner-managers she says:  “running my own legal practice enables me to understand the daily trials and tribulations for commercial businesses. So I always put together cost effective packages to enable owner-managers to protect their business, an example of this is myHR Plus, our outsourced HR & Employment Law Service. The question that I ask all businesses is, can you afford to be without us?” 

Samira is a member of the Leeds Law Society, Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) and Yorkshire and Humber Tribunal Users Group. She also undertakes pro bono work with the ELA and Leeds Community Enterprise (ELSIE for short).

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children and, when time permits, running. To date, she has achieved completing the London Marathon in 2007 and raising over £1,700 for "Get Kids Going" and regularily participates in local races.

To speak to Samira about an employment matter contact her at or call her on 01133 50 40 30.


Senior Associate, Chartered Legal Executive

Richard qualified as a Legal Executive over 20 years ago and has significant experience in Employment law and Litigation.

Richard acts for both employers and employees drafting and advising on settlement agreements, contracts of employment, consultancy agreements, directors service agreements and general workplace policies. He acts for commercial clients in the employment tribunal dealing with unfair dismissals, constructive dismissals and claims for discrimination. Richard acts for businesses of all sizes providing advice relating to a variety of commercial disputes including contractual disputes, partnership disputes, breach of director’s duties, insolvency and property disputes.

He also acts for individuals who have disputes over boundaries, rights of way, restrictive covenants, probate claims and trust of land disputes.

Richard is known for his pragmatic approach to disputes by swiftly identifying the legal issues and establishing client objectives. He has a reputation for his straight forward and no-nonsense approach and seeks to resolve disputes in the most cost-effective manner.

To those involved in a Commercial or Employment dispute: “We understand that dealing with a dispute from either side can be stressful, emotional and time consuming. We are experts at quickly identifying the issues at the heart of a matter and analysing the commercial risks to you and your business. This allows us to give you straightforward advice, with the aim of resolving your dispute as quickly and as cost effectively as possible."

In his spare time, he is a keen cyclist enjoying both cycling on the road and off the beaten path through a forest or across the Yorkshire Dales.

To speak to Richard about an employment or litigation matter contact him at or call him on 01133 50 40 30.


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.

Emma also assists Director and Solicitor-Advocate Samira Cakali in the running of the firm’s myHR service where she can support you in the day-to-day management of your staff.

Emma works closely with her clients to provide tailored advice, aiming to reduce and prevent the adverse consequences of employment disputes. Emma provides a uniquely direct, down to earth and friendly approach to all clients with a desire to build strong, lasting relationships.

“I work closely with my clients dealing with a wide range of employment matters. I aim to be an extension of their team - getting to know them and their businesses so that I can provide pragmatic, commercial advice that works best for them. I take a solution-driven practical approach, tailoring my advice to achieve my client’s desired outcome.”

Emma undertook her law degree at the Open University. She has recently completed her Legal Practice Course and Master of Laws at the University of Law in Leeds. Emma began her Training Contract in September and will qualify as a Solicitor in March 2020.  

In what spare time Emma has, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and when she is not doing yoga you will find her training for her first marathon!

To speak to Emma about an employment matter contact her at or call her on 01133 50 40 30.


Paralegal LLB (Hons), LLM

Eve King is a litigation paralegal dealing with both employment law and commercial dispute resolution.

Eve joined SCE Solicitors having previously worked for aManchester based full service law firm where she dealt with all manner of Civil Litigation and Employment disputes. She excels at providing prompt and accurate legal advice and developing strong client relationships.

She presently represents clients in proceedings for:

  • Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal;
  • Discrimination (including harassment and victimisation claims) because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation;
  • Breach of Contract;
  • Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Regulations 2006 and Whistleblowing claims;
  • Commercial Litigation including Mediation and ADR

To those currently involved in commercial or employment disputes, she says: “Legal action can be stressful, confusing and often extremely complicated. Why not call me for a free 30-minute consultation about your issue where you can receive accurate, no-nonsense advice for all your litigation needs”

Eve has recently completed her Legal Practice Course and is awaiting results for her Master of Laws in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Law in Manchester. In her free time, she enjoys gaming, playing with her two cats and spending time with family.

To speak to Eve about an employment or litigation matter email her on or call her on 01133 50 40 30.

Tony 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. His qualifications include:

  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Health and Safety;
  • IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner;
  • OSHCR (Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register) Registered Consultant.

Antony’s expertise involves:        

  • Dealing with all aspects of health and safety related issues including carrying out risk assessments, manual handling and DSE assessments;
  • Preparing tailor made Health and Safety policies for companies and supplies Health and Safety advice to clients via the telephone and site visits;
  • Conducting independent accident investigations for clients and gives Health and Safety training as required.

Providing practical, user friendly advice is Antony’s strong point and is well known for it.

In his spare time Antony likes to keep fit by running 10km races including the Abbey Dash and the Leeds run for all and is an active supporter of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. He also enjoys amateur photography and reading a good thriller novel.

To speak to Antony about a health and safety matter contact him at or call him on 01133 50 40 30. 


Health and Safety Consultant

Sarah is a highly experienced Health and Safety Specialist with twenty four years’ experience across a broad range of industry sectors, including:

  • Engineering
  • Woodworking
  • Manufacturing
  • Haulage
  • Leisure and
  • Offices to name a few.

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).

Sarah also gives advice on how to reduce the likelihood and success of employer’s liability claims through her experience of working at 2 international insurance companies. This combined with her Health and Safety knowledge and experience make her the ideal person to help you with your Health and Safety requirements.

In her spare time Sarah likes to spend time with her family and also keeps active playing netball, running and attending exercise classes. Sarah is also involved with coaching a junior netball club and enjoys watching her son play rugby.

To speak to Sarah about a health and safety matter contact her at or call her on 01133 50 40 30.

Will Barry - Business Development Consultant


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.

Since joining SCE Solicitors Jennifer has focused on organising the team as well as continuing to develop the firms processes and procedures. Jennifer believes that a well organised and reflective team is essential within the workplace and ensures clients receive the best possible service.

In her spare time Jennifer enjoys spending time with her children and supporting them with their very time-consuming hobbies. She also enjoys spending time with extended family and friends as well as going to the gym and eating out.

To speak to Jennifer contact her at or contact her on 01133 50 40 30.

MEREWYN SAYERS - Marketing Manager


Marketing Manager

Merewyn Sayers is the firms Marketing Manager and is responsible for the marketing communications and aiding the strategic direction of SCE Solicitors. Merewyn has dedicated her career to working with businesses, getting to know them and their marketplace, enabling them to work more effectively and strategically.

Merewyn has been part of the SCE team since October 2016 and amongst many other tasks has vastly improved the firm’s lead management system and is dedicated to continuously developing the process, ensuring that we deal with enquiries in a timely manner, as well as accurately report on the activity, enabling us to tailor our offering towards your needs.

Market Research and being Customer Centric is important to Merewyn and so underpins the strategic plans implemented, so watch out for your opinions being asked!

Outside of SCE Merewyn is very active, balancing another business promoting a collection of villages in Huddersfield, several voluntary positions including being a Trustee of a local city park, as well as being a mother and wife.

To speak to Merewyn, contact her at or contact her on 01133 50 40 30.




  • 3 Things We Learnt In Law This Week (18 April 2019)

    Tags: Employment Law, Employment Tribunal, Unlawful Deductions, Overtime

    Holland & Barrett Employee Wins Overtime Case

    A tribunal has ruled that Holland & Barrett made unlawful deductions from the pay of an employee who was required to carry out tasks beyond his contracted hours.

    Mr Fitz was employed as a supervisor and was required to cover for the store manager if they were absent. This required opening the store in the morning and closing the store in the evening, among other tasks that needed to be completed during opening hours.

    Closing the store involved four stages: closing the tills on the shop floor; reconciling the tills in the back office; closing the register and locking up the store, all of which Holland & Barrett told the tribunal took a few minutes. However, Fitz claimed that he also had to undertake other additional tasks at the … more


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