Aley is a Partner in the employment and pensions department and manages a team of lawyers providing the full range of employment law advice to health, police, fire and social care clients. Aley has a particular focus on working with emergency services clients, leading the firm’s development of this sector in the employment team.
Aley has particular expertise in issues arising from the implementation of GDPR in relation to workforce matters, workforce streamlining, collaboration and efficiency projects. She also regularly advises on contractual pay disputes, including several large scale multi-party disputes concerning national terms and conditions and the impact of local polices in relation to the same.
Aley has also successfully conducted numerous employment tribunal cases, ranging from unfair dismissal to more complex trade union and discrimination claims.
- Kuteh v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust  EWCA Civ 818 (religious discrimination claim)
- Andrews v Kings College NHS Foundation Trust & Anor UKEAT/0304/13/RN (part time employee pensions claim)
- Obaidi v Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 2357 (QB): successfully defended an application for a final injunction to prevent a disciplinary investigation taking place.
- Instructed in three linked discrimination Tribunal claims against a police service listed for a total of 13 weeks.
- Advised a consortium of Trusts on a workforce portability project which went on to win the HPMA Award for Innovation 2018.
- Advised on a Part 8 High Court claim concerning the correct interpretation of NHS national terms and conditions.
- Employment Lawyers Association
- Legal Practice Course, BPP, Distinction, 2008
- LLB Law with French, First Class, University of Hull, 2007
- Diploma in French Law, Mention Bien, Université Grenobles Alpes, France, 2006
- Training contract qualification date: 15 September 2010
- Progressed to Partner: 1 May 2019
Chambers/ Legal 500 rankings
- Legal 500, 2021: ‘Alessandra Gettins has very considerable ability and promise. Very familiar with employment disputes in the NHS. A person of mature judgement.’ (London: Employment: Employers)