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Top employment lawyer Danielle Ayres has been shortlisted in the Law category for the 2016 We Are The City Rising Star Awards.

Danielle is up against a plethora of talent all going for the prestigious Lynne Freeman award, which has shortlisted distinguished females in the legal sector. The nomination is fine recognition for Danielle, highlighting her outstanding work in the pregnancy and maternity discrimination field.

She said: “Since returning to work after my own maternity leave, I have concentrated my efforts on helping women who have suffered discrimination in the workplace, due to pregnancy or maternity.

“I found that either the women did not know their rights and had pulled their hair out worrying about these issues, or that employers had not freely passed on information which would have eased the burden for these new mums whilst on maternity leave.”

In light of this, Danielle set up the significant ‘Keeping Mum’ campaign to offer legal advice and support for women who feel they have been unfairly treated because they have started a family.

A mother to two young boys, Danielle also provides pro bono advice for a number of organisations such as Working Mums, Maternity Action and in Mother and Baby groups throughout the North West. She also works very closely with the ‘Pregnant then Screwed’ campaign which has gathered vast momentum over the past year in its pursuit for a change in the law regarding pregnant women, and has recently launched a free legal helpline.

David Walton, Partner and Head of Employment Law at Gorvins says: “Danielle’s scope reaches far beyond her daily work as an employment law solicitor and over the past 12 months has gone above and beyond the standards expected of an associate solicitor.”

Danielle said, “I am committed to helping pregnant women and those on maternity leave who are suffering unfair treatment at work, and feel through my volunteer work and the work I do at Gorvins, that I am doing so.”

The winner of the Lynne Freeman Law Award will be notified in June and there will be a celebration ceremony in London later that month.

Voting closes on the 27th May at midnight. To support Danielle, please visit the We Are The City website here.