Meet Kim Cross
Co-founder - Employment, HR & Disputes Partner
Kim is a solicitor who qualified initially in Australia and moved to the UK in 2009.
Along with co-founder Melinda Smith, Kim started Vine Law with the ambition of creating a firm that puts access to the law, the client experience, and the well-being of its staff at its core.
Kim has broad expertise covering the full field of employment law, from routine HR issues to complex employment claims. She acts for both employees and employers and has a particular interest in discrimination and whistleblowing claims and in negotiating exit settlements.
She is also a senior litigator with experience across a broad range of commercial, corporate, property, intellectual property, debt, reputation, data protection, and construction disputes.
Kim’s clients know her as direct, pragmatic, and a straight-shooter. She is empathetic and gets to know her clients and what they want or need, and works collaboratively with them to get them there.
Aside from the legal stuff, Kim also has a keen interest in innovation and legal tech. Law is quite a late joiner to modernisation but there are some really exciting things coming which will improve access to justice, reduce cost and delay, and help people navigate the law and legal system. Don’t ask Kim how the tech actually works though because it just baffles her!
Kim qualified as a solicitor in Australia before studying a conversion course when she moved to the UK in 2009, qualifying here in 2012.
Life outside the law
Outside of the office, Kim’s sanity is regularly challenged by her 4 children, 2 step-sons, a Grade II listed house in need of renovation, and a seriously deranged mini-dachshund puppy. The office is where she goes for some downtime.