ProfileI am an award-winning Barrister practicing in Employment & Discrimination, Public Law and Sports cases. My clients range from Government departments, FTSE 100 companies, Premiership football managers to individuals suspected of links with terrorists. I am a member of the following Panels of Counsel: Attorney General’s Regional A Panel, Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates, Welsh Government A Panel, Equality and Human Rights Commission A Panel and the League Managers Association Legal Panel. I won the ‘Barrister of the Year’ Award in the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards in 2015 and 2013. I sit as Deputy Chair of the Central Arbitration Committee, Legal Chair of the Police Misconduct Panel and Chair of the Football Association Anti-Discrimination Panel. I am a Sports Arbitrator for Rule K Football Association hearings and for Sport Resolutions UK. I am recommended as a leading Barrister in the legal directories Chambers UK, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.
Recent notable cases:
• Gray v Mulberry Company (Design) Ltd - successfully representing Mulberry in the first philosophical belief discrimination case considered by
the Court of Appeal, raising fundamental issues about the correct approach in deciding whether a philosophical belief is protected and the
Equality Act 2010 and the ‘group disadvantage’ requirement for indirect discrimination cases. The appeal was televised live on the Court of
Appeal’s Youtube Channel.
• Inquest into death of Errol Graham – representing the Department of Work and Pensions at an inquest involving someone who died of
starvation following DWP’s withdrawal of benefits. The case was raised in the House of Commons in January 2020 by MP Debbie Abrahams
who called for an independent inquiry into similar cases involving the DWP.
• Deerow v City of London Police – acting as Special Advocate in secret hearings for a Black Somalian Muslim Detective Constable whose
advanced security clearance was withdrawn.
• Green King v HMRC – representing HMRC in an appeal against notices of underpayment of the national minimum wage of approximately
£300,000 involving 1500 pub managers that dealt for the first time with the statutory interpretation of the term ‘living accommodation’ which is
not defined under National Minimum Wage legislation.
• ZAT and Others v Secretary of State for the Home Department – representing the Secretary of the State in a ground breaking asylum appeal
brought by a group of unaccompanied Syrian children residing in the Calais ‘Jungle Camp’ who had not lodged asylum claims of France and
made no ‘take charge’ request under the Dublin III Regulations.
• Siauciunas v Capita Plc – successfully representing Capita in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a complex appeal arising from the ‘Gig
economy’ about the employment status of approximately 1500 court interpreters.
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