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Practice Areas

Employment law, professional regulation and commercial law. Industrial relations law - especially injunctive work in relation to strike action.

Recent cases include:

Fox v SR Technics 2018-2020 (Counsel for Respondent – multi-jurisdiction collective agreements).

Weiss v SJJ 2018-2020 (Counsel for Defendant – springboard relief and ex-employee confidence).

Mulberry Waste v Unilever 2019-2020 (Counsel for Defendant – commercial dispute in respect of the industrial waste disposal).

Ryanair v BALPA 2019-2020 (Counsel for Claimant – industrial action).

Major trade union recognition dispute (Counsel for employer) 2018-2019.

Double Negative v Mortelette 2018 (Counsel for Defendant – contempt of Court).

SRA v Leigh Day 2015-2018 inc [2018] EWHC 2726 (Counsel for Respondents, defending regulatory allegations made against the firm and senior partner, Martyn Day. Longest Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal hearing to date).

Counsel for NHS commissioning bodies in multi-contract procurement disputes and NHS pendulum adjudications 2013-2018. SRA v Chan 2015-2016 [2015] EWHC 2659 (Counsel for SRA, regulation of solicitors and Stamp Duty Land Tax avoidance schemes). National Rail Strike 2015 (Counsel for Network Rail). London Underground strike action 2011-2015 (Counsel for LU). Royal Mail Privatisation 2013 (Counsel for RM). Rickhuss v Network Rail 2013-15 (Counsel for NWR - collective bargaining and collective agreements). Pavithran v London Clinic 2013-14 (Counsel for LC - alleged whistle blowing).

British Airways plc v Unite [2010] IRLR 42 (Counsel for BA - injunction against 12-day cabin crew strike - Xmas 2009). BA v Unite (No.2) [2010] IRLR 809 (HC and CoA – Counsel for BA - injunction application to restrain May/June 2010 cabin crew strike). Metrobus v Unite [2010] ICR 173 (Counsel for Metrobus - injunction against London bus strike). Unite v easyJet [2010] TUR1/723 (Counsel for easyJet – resisting application for statutory union recognition). Muschett v HMPS [2010] IRLR 173 (Counsel for HMPS – race discrimination claims and temporary workers).

Career

1991: Called to the Bar. Lincoln’s Inn.

1999-2012: Junior Counsel to the Crown.

2005-2012: Treasury Counsel 'A' Panel.

2006-2012: Board Member on the Standards Board for England.

2009: Appointed as Diversity Ambassador for Public Appointments.

2012: Queen’s Counsel.

Professional Memberships

ComBar . Industrial Law Society. Employment Lawyers Association.

Personal

Married. 3 daughters. Lives in Sussex and London.

1979-86: Marple Hall Comprehensive, Stockport.

1986-89: MA Cambridge University, Downing College, Double First Class Honours.

Proxime accessit: Part 1(a) of Tripos (1987) and Part II of Tripos (1989).

1987: Rebecca Flower Scholarship and JC Platt Prize.

1988: Clive Parry Prize for International Law and Joseph Squire Scholarship.

1989: Harris Senior Scholarship.

1989-90: BCL Oxford University, Brasenose College, First Class Honours.

1990: Brasenose Graduate Prize.

1989-91: Lincoln’s Scholarships and Awards:

1989: Hardwicke Entrance Award.

1990: Mansfield Scholar.

1991: Denning Scholar.