Marie Allen

Marie Allen

Practice Areas

I am a Partner and Head of Employment at Gotelee. I specialise in all aspects of employment law and can help any business or an individual who needs help with any of the following services:

Business matters include:

Individual matters include:

Employment law covers so much, it is difficult to list it all. Please have a look at our Business and Individual pages to get a better idea of how I can help you.

I also have a particular interest in business immigration.


Having obtained a 2:1 LLB hons degree in law at the University of East Anglia and then passed the legal practice course with distinction, I trained at a leading East Anglian practice. I qualified as a Solicitor in 2003 and joined Gotelee in 2005. I have specialised in employment law since qualification. I joined the Gotelee partnership in 2015 and in 2019 was promoted to Head of Employment.

I help employers and individuals on the full range of employment law issues. I regularly advise on corporate employment issues including acquisitions, business transfers and contract outsourcing. I also advise employers on the legal requirements for employing migrant workers.

At Gotelee, we pride ourselves on taking a proactive, rather than a reactive, approach, so wherever possible I work with employers to help them avoid problems from arising by ensuring that the right procedures are followed from the outset. I also provide training for managers and have been asked to speak at a number of business events.

Where problems do arise, I can advise you on the best course of action to limit the exposure to your business. In the case of individuals, I will help you make the best tactical decisions, to protect your position and to resolve your employment difficulties in the best way possible for you.

I provide a high quality and cost efficient service. I take the time to understand my clients’ needs and protect their best interests to achieve the best outcome possible for them. Employer clients appreciate how I understand their business and provide realistic, practical and commercial advice. I respond quickly and make sure that any problem that you face is dealt with in a practical way. I am a good listener and provide support to clients through what are often stressful times.

I build strong relationships of trust with my clients and many have come back to me for advice time and time again. I aim to explain complex issues in simple layman’s terms. Clients tell me that my advice is clear, easy to understand and to the point.

Client profile

I help businesses (of all types and sizes) and individuals in relation to any type of employment issue that you may have. Here at Gotelee, we can help you for a fixed fee or on a monthly retainer for advice.


Some of my clients say:

“Excellent personal service from Marie, cracking initial advice and very responsive throughout”PG

“I valued Marie’s blended mix of professionalism, empathy and pragmatism to support my situation. I am sincerely grateful for the support and guidance shown by Marie. Thank you most humbly” KB

“I am confident in making my recommendation of Marie Allen in Employment Law. Marie “held my hand” through a complex/difficult Employment Tribunal case. I was not the easiest of clients due to the tactics of the other side with the delays caused by them and the Tribunal authorities. However, due to Marie’s hard work and diligence, the Judgement was eventually in my favour with regard to unfair dismissal/age discrimination plus an award of compensation in excess of £10k. I really am pleased to give my recommendation of Marie’s undoubted abilities in this specialised area of Employment Law. I am certain that her efforts on my behalf achieved the final result that I desired.” Mr Frank Rew.

Other information

I am Chair of Gotelee’s Staff Liaison Committee

I am a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

In my spare time, I’m a keen equestrian.

If you are a business in need of help straightening out any HR issues or if you have an individual employment concern please contact me.

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