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Betsan Criddle

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 2 departments
Ranked in : Employment , Professional Discipline
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Employment - London (Bar)

Band 2

Betsan Criddle
Betsan Criddle has a broad employment law practice with notable experience in discrimination cases and injunction proceedings. She represents a wide range of clients including banks, independent schools, major charities, NHS trusts, trade unions and senior executives.
Strengths: "Betsan is a true expert in her field and she is an investigations mastermind. She is responsive, she engages with clients and she is brilliant on her feet, and hugely in demand at all times because of it." "She is tough but she has a great bedside manner, she gets to the truth and she has real empathy." "She is so tenacious, she really gets to grips with complex issues and she makes it very simple for the tribunal to get to grips with."
Recent work: Acted for the NHS Trust Development Authority in a case in which the Court of Appeal considered the extent of the protection for free speech under the Equality Act 2010 for Christians expressing religious views.
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Professional Discipline - London (Bar)

Band 4

Betsan Criddle
Betsan Criddle is particularly noted for her medical regulatory and disciplinary work. She routinely acts on behalf of surgeons, psychologists, dentists and other healthcare professionals in fitness-to-practise proceedings, as well as judicial reviews.
Strengths: "A fiercely intelligent barrister who is delightful to work with."
Recent work: Acted for a doctor in a challenge to the lawfulness of the decision of a GMC Assistant Register to refer him to a review hearing in order to consider whether his suspension should continue.
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Practice Areas

All areas of employment and discrimination law and professional discipline, including High Court contractual and disciplinary disputes, industrial action injunctions and judicial review proceedings. Recent highlights include: Burn v Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust [2021] EWHC 1674 (QB) (test case on the scope of the right to disclosure under Maintaining High Professional Standards in the Modern NHS); Page v NHS Trust Development Authority [2021] ICR 941 (first appellate case on the distinction between manifestation of belief and its consequences); Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall v Town (appellate consideration of the distinction between pregnancy discrimination and health and safety) and PF v DBS [2020] UKUT 256 (AAC) (test case on the scope of the Upper Tribunal’s power to interfere with DBS’ findings of fact on appeal).

Career

MA (Hons) Law, St John's College, Cambridge. Called to the Bar 2002.

Professional Memberships

ELA, ELBA, ILS, ARDL.

Publications

Employment Precedents and Company Law Documents (Sweet & Maxwell); Labour Law Highlights (Institute of Employment Rights); Employment Tribunal Procedure (LAG).

Personal

Fluent Welsh speaker and able to conduct litigation through the medium of Welsh.

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Betsan Criddle

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