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    A female solicitor who says she was told by her employers that women who have babies go jelly-headed and are not capable of working to their previous standard, has launched an unfair dismissal claim.

    Nicola Bilsborough, a personal injury litigation assistant for five years with Lytham St Annes firm Ian Snipe & Co, claims she planned to return to work part-time after taking six months’ maternity leave.

    Ms Bilsborough, who now works at Lawson Samuels Capaldi part-time, claims that while on maternity leave, she saw her job with Ian Snipe & Co advertised in the Gazette.

    The firm, which denies unfair and wrongful dismissal, declined to comment but is understood to be vigorously defending the claim. The tribunal has been listed for a five-day hearing in May next year.

    “Law Society’s Gazette” 14 December 2001