Marie succeeded our founding partner, Michael Samuel, as Chairman in January 2019.
Accredited as a specialist in Employment Law, Marie has a wealth of experience and is a recognised leader in her field – having been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Employment Law since 2006. She has been awarded a Post Graduate Certificate with merit in Mediation and Dispute Resolution from the University of Strathclyde. She is also Co-Chair of the International Lawyers Network Labour and Employment Group and acts as Honorary Legal Counsel for Badminton Scotland.
Highly respected in her field, Marie is often asked to speak on a wide range of Employment Law topics to businesses across many sectors.
Marie acts for public sector organisations and private businesses and works closely with her clients in securing best outcomes. She has enjoyed high profile successes for clients in The Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal which have been widely reported in the media.
"I have the utmost confidence in Marie, who instantly put me at ease and gained my trust in what has been a difficult time in my career and in my life. Her grasp of the complex law involved in employment claims is obvious, but more importantly, she works hard to understand what practical outcome works best for you in the circumstances and how to achieve that. Marie is focused, attentive and endlessly supportive and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone encountering difficulties in the workplace."
"Marie was invaluable in helping me through a difficult time with my employer after whistleblowing. She was empathetic towards me at a time when I felt vulnerable and was suffering from stress and anxiety.
Marie showed expert knowledge of the Public Interest Disclosure Act, ACAS Early Conciliation and the Employment Tribunal process, which helped to build a strong case against my employer. Marie and her team made the whole process seem easy; the paperwork for my case was drawn up very well which made my case go through quickly and without a hitch. The arrangements and communication were well executed and timely; the company was upfront about charges, sourcing financial support and the overall teamwork from the office was efficient and reassuring.
Overall, Marie helped achieve a successful outcome for me and I would recommend her and her team to anybody in a similar situation."
"We have worked with Marie MacDonald and her team for several years now. During this time her knowledge, experience, understanding and guidance have been invaluable in resolving both complex and straightforward employment law issues. I can’t praise Marie and the team highly enough for the excellent service we receive on every occasion. It is as a result of Marie’s dedication and commitment that we only use Miller Samuel Hill Brown for our employment law requirements."
"I had the in-enviable experience of requiring the services of a specialist employment lawyer on 2 separate occasions during my previous employment. Marie MacDonald was able to negotiate positive outcomes for me on both occasions and I would highly recommend her services to anyone facing a dispute with their employer
Not only is Marie an expert in her field who acts with the utmost professionalism at all times she is also a very warm, caring human being whose empathy, understanding and support were as invaluable to me as her legal expertise during what were two incredibly traumatic experiences for me."
"When other lawyers told me there was no case to answer to Marie Macdonald took the case on. As my husband is no longer with us, sadly he passed away April 2014, Motor Neurons Disease, this case was unique as he wasn’t able to represent himself
Marie was honest with me from the start. It was a time where emotions were running high with no certain outcomes, but we decided to go ahead and fight. Marie was brilliant. I was overwhelmed at her dedication and determination to pursue justice not just for my husband but for us as a family
Although in a case like this the ‘win’ is bitter sweet, at the end of an eighteen month battle I can finally say I carried out my husband’s last wishes. This was only possible with the support, professionalism and a belief in what is right shown by Marie Macdonald."
"I would like to thank Marie for providing excellent support and guidance during my recent employment issues"
"Marie’s knowledge and professionalism is second to none. Her determination delivered an excellent outcome that in the end all parties were happy with. Without hesitation I would recommend Marie for employment law related issues."
"Thanks again to you and the team for all your hard work."
“Marie’s knowledge and professionalism is second to none. Her determination delivered an excellent outcome….without hesitation I would recommend Marie for Employment Law related issues.”
"I cannot recommend Marie highly enough. I was going through a very stressful experience at work, with surprisingly being advised at short notice of a redundancy package, but with tight turnaround timescales. From the minute I met with Marie my mind was put at ease and my stress levels reduced considerably. Marie advised that she would take over all negotiations and communications with my employers, which was a big relief and a weight off my shoulders. Within 7 days of meeting with Marie all parties had agreed and final documentation was signed. Marie is a great listener, she gets to the crux of the matter quickly and will represent you to the best of her ability to get the best outcome possible for you, providing recommendations where required. If you need employment law assistance then look no further."
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Marie MacDonald and her colleagues for their extreme dedication and professionalism in which I received whilst going through a very tough time with regards my employment dispute. On my initial consultation meeting with Marie, it was during a time where my emotions were very high. However, Marie`s interaction with me made me feel at ease and very relaxed. I found Marie to be easy to talk with, caring, compassionate along with being very honest and a true expert in her area of expertise with regards employment law. Marie also believed in me which gave me a great sense of comfort, in turn, helped to boost my confidence and my emotional wellbeing. Marie was able to give me the confidence that I felt I needed in order to pursue my employment dispute. I fully trusted Marie`s expert advice and opinion which also helped me to relax a little. Marie`s dedication throughout the whole dispute process was absolutely phenomenal. I would not have been able to pursue my case or receive such a positive outcome to my dispute without Marie`s expert knowledge and input. I would highly recommend Marie`s services to anyone who has a dispute with their employer. I would also highly recommend using Miller Samuel Hill Brown for other services should you require the assistance of a solicitor. I will definitely be recommending MSHB solicitor` to family and friends. Thanks to Marie I am now able to get on with my life."
"I wanted to take the time to write and thank you tonight for your work on my case. Tonight I feel like a billionaire not because of any financial settlement but because my I am getting my family life back. I can never thank you enough for the work you did for us, the support you gave us and the hope you provided in our darkest hour. "
"Thank you very much for your excellent advice and support throughout the whole process, which I have valued greatly. Thank you for your wishes for the future and I would echo them back to you. Please note I intend to recommend you and your services highly."
"The service I have received has been 1st Class. Nervous and anxious regarding an employment matter Marie s professionalism has been outstanding. Always quick to respond to calls and attention to detail has been outstanding. Plus a great result to my case. Confidence and reassurance is what I needed and this was fully given by Marie and her staff. Would fully recommend her services for any work related issues you may have."
"Thanks again for your professionalism and support over what was a very anxious time for me personally. I certainly wouldn't hesitate in recommending both you personally and MSHB legal as I found the overall service that was provided to be truly excellent."
"Working with Marie and the team at Miller Samuel Hill Brown made a potentially difficult situation much easier to comprehend. Marie was extremely professional and reassuring and guided me all of the way through the process. All communication was responded to very efficiently and I would not hesitate to recommend MSHB for their services."
“I can’t thank you and your team enough for all of your help and support.”