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My practice is divided between Employment Law, Personal Injury, Commercial Law and Inquests work.

Employment
I am predominantly an employment law specialist. I have a particular expertise in disability discrimination cases and am frequently instructed by both Claimants and Respondents in difficult long-term sickness absence and reasonable adjustments claims. I have extensive experience in dealing with politically sensitive employment disputes for clients in the public and charitable sectors. I am regularly instructed by government departments, such as the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice and HMRC and am National Security Vetted to SC level. I also act for a number of large local authorities across the South of England and have developed a niche practice in dealing with claims brought by teaching and non-teaching staff employed in schools and other educational establishments. I am equally at home representing commercial clients and have been praised for my ability to quickly find a solution to a dispute that embraces an employer’s specific practical and business needs.

I have a user-friendly approach that helps Claimant clients feel at ease when faced with the potentially daunting prospect of litigation. I have achieved a number of high value awards and settlements and am quick to grasp the non-monetary aims pursued by Claimants such as negotiating re-engagement packages and agreeing full and fair references for dismissed employees. I regularly act for trade union members and have recently represented Unite and UCATT members in multiple Tribunal claims involving trade union related dismissals, non-payment of the National Minimum Wage and holiday pay. I also have experience of representing professional employee clients in internal disciplinary appeal hearings.

An experienced trial advocate in the Tribunals and Courts across London and the South of England, I am regularly instructed to appear in multi-day trials and preliminary hearings. I have an extensive paperwork practice and have been acknowledged by clients for providing thorough yet concise advice and robust pleadings. I also advise employer clients on various non-contentious matters, including TUPE transfers and the review of disciplinary and grievance policies. I appear regularly in appeals before the Employment Appeals Tribunal ("EAT") and also have experience of restraint of trade cases in the High Court. I am currently instructed in a matter before the Court of Appeal, concerning the scope of the EAT's ability to substitute judgments.

Personal Injury and Stress at Work
Building on my related specialisms in disability discrimination cases and high value claims involving psychiatric injury, I am developing a practice in Stress at Work and associated discrimination claims within the civil courts. I also regularly represent both Claimants and Defendants in a wide variety of other personal injury disputes such as road traffic accidents (including those involving allegations of fraud, staged or contrived accidents and low velocity impacts), employers liability, occupier’s liability, product liability and health and safety at work. I am experienced in conducting fast track and multi-track trials, case management and disposal hearings, settling pleadings and advising on liability and quantum.

Commercial
My commercial practice intersects with my employment work and I often advise companies on their obligations under TUPE, how to draft employment contracts and on restraint of trade issues. I have acted for companies in a number of commercial disputes involving contracts for the sale of goods and has advised on the incorporation and construction of indemnity and warranty clauses within commercial contracts. I also have experience of advising on aspects of commercial leases and licenses.

Prisons, Inquests & Human Rights
I appear in Coroner’s Courts at Pre-Inquest Reviews and full Inquests, representing families, government departments and companies. In particular, I act for the Prison Service in Article 2 Inquests into deaths in custody and in civil claims brought under the Human Rights Act 1998 resulting from the same. I advise, draft pleadings and appear in a wide range of cases involving Prisons and Prisoners, including: claims involving alleged breaches of Convention rights, negligence, misfeasance in public office, false imprisonment, discrimination and claims for reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act 2010.

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