Louise is the head of our employment team and has over 20 years’ experience in employment work, she is one of the region’s most dynamic and sought after employment lawyers.

Recognised in Chambers and Partners UK legal directory, she advises on all aspects of employment law including disciplinary and redundancy issues, whistle-blowing, data theft and restrictive covenants. Louise also advises on business and shareholder disputes to include unfair prejudice claims involving minority shareholders.

With clients ranging from owner-managed businesses and large corporates to individual directors and senior managers, Louise is strongly recommended for her clear, pragmatic advice and her ability to deliver commercial and cost effective solutions.


Louise offers a complete employment service which includes preparation of contracts; advice on handling HR issues such as disciplinaries and redundancies; advice on the employment aspects of organisational change such as restructuring and mergers, and representation at Employment Tribunals. She advises on and litigates claims for breaches of confidence, data theft and breaches of restrictive covenants and has experience of obtaining emergency search orders in the High Court. Commercial clients include Fujitsu UK Ltd, and organisations in the residential care, interior design, manufacturing, construction, education, technology and recruitment sectors. She also advises individuals, particularly at director level.

Louise studied Politics at York University, she then worked in retail management before completing the Common Professional Examination conversion to Law. Louise qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and completed her training contract with Turner & Debenhams (now Debenhams Ottaway) in 1998. Louise became a partner in 2003.

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Louise is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and an affiliate member of CIPD. She also leads the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee which drives and coordinates all community and fundraising efforts.

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What Clients Say
  • “The excellent Louise Attrup frequently acts for clients from the recruitment sector, with a particular emphasis on matters concerning confidentiality and restrictive covenants. One source said: I’m glad when she’s on my side because she is very knowledgeable, has a broad knowledge base, and provides practical and pragmatic advice tailored to the client.”

    Chambers and Partners 2016
  • “My thanks to Louise Attrup for her speed, diligence and closing before the deadline. It is a pleasure working with the Debenhams Ottaway employment team.”

    Howard Ford, Filtronic plc
  • “Louise Attrup enters this year’s rankings thanks to her activity on significant employment law cases, which has recently included issues such as whistle-blowing, executive-level exits and restrictive covenants. Sources admire her “pragmatic and risk-based approach to clients’ problems, taking into consideration the needs of the business. She is willing to be decisive, and always gives clear and realistic advice.”

    Chambers and Partners 2015
  • “Debenhams Ottaway’s support in employment matters such as good practice, litigation and tribunal affairs has been hugely helpful and knowledgeable.”

    Ralph Verlander, Chief Executive, Life Opportunities Trust
  • “Debenhams Ottaway’s ‘pragmatic and commercially focused’ team has a strong track record acting for clients in the recruitment sector and is defending Brook Street against a claim brought by a temporary worker.”

    Legal 500 2016
  • I would like to thank Andrew and Louise’s help in this matter.

    It’s been a great reassurance that you have been involved in making sure that everything has been done correctly and efficiently.

  • Louise provided a focused, well informed and well balanced service taking account of the complexities involved. Alongside that adopting a well needed supportive and caring approach. The support given from all perspectives proved to be invaluable.