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Natasha Joffe

Natasha Joffe

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Natasha has expertise in all aspects of employment and discrimination, acting for a wide range of claimants and respondents.

She has represented a wide variety of public bodies and claimants including trade unions in long and complex discrimination and whistle-blowing cases, sometimes involving senior officers. She has frequently advised public bodies on higher level policy matters including the TUPE implications of various contracting arrangements and the equal opportunities implications of policy decisions.

She has experience in specialist areas such as the Police Regulations and issues arising from Maintaining High Professional Standards in the Modern NHS. Natasha has been involved in a case involving retirement age of judicial officers and represented one of the respondents in the part-time judges pension litigation.

She has considerable experience of disability discrimination cases, including those involving specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia. She advises and acts in cases in involving restrictive covenants and employment proceedings relating to injunctive relief and frequently appears in appeals to the EAT and beyond.

Natasha also acts in public law matters particularly in the field of education. She has a particular interest in disability and SEN. She undertakes professional negligence work particularly relating to trade unions and has experience in commercial disputes.

Natasha is an active member of the ELA Pro Bono Committee and helped pioneer ELIPS, a pilot scheme for helping unrepresented litigants-in-person in the employment tribunal. She is a member of the new Bar Council Pro Bono Board.

She writes widely in her areas of expertise and publications she contributes to include Bloomsbury Professional’s Discrimination Law and LexisNexis PSL.

She has a particular interest in maternity rights and has written on the subject for the website Mumsnet and on legal matters generally for the Guardian.

Natasha accepts direct access instructions in appropriate cases.

Employment & Discrimination

In the field of employment and discrimination, Natasha has worked for a wide range of respondents and claimants.

In particular she has represented a wide variety of public bodies in long and complex discrimination and whistle-blowing cases, sometimes involving senior officers. She has also frequently advised public bodies on higher level policy matters such as the TUPE implications of various contracting arrangements and the equal opportunities implications of policy decisions.

She has experience in specialist areas such as the Police Regulations and issues arising from Maintaining High Professional Standards in the Modern NHS. She has recently been involved in a case involving retirement age of judicial officers and represented one of the respondents in the part-time judges pension litigation. She has considerable experience of disability discrimination cases, including those involving specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia.

Natasha has experience of restrictive covenants and injunctions and of advising on and acting in cases where employment relationships give rise to judicial review and raise human rights issues.

Recently Natasha successfully defended a public body in proceedings for an injunction to restrain the body from proceeding with disciplinary action. She also has recent experience of High Court proceedings involving team moves, breach of confidence, breach of fiduciary duty and economic torts.

Cases

Rackham v NHS Professionals UKEAT/ 0110/15

Interesting and important Category P appeal in about the duties on employment tribunals to make adjustments for disabled parties. Acted for the successful respondent.

Rabess v LFEPA UKEAT/0029/14/JOJ

Successfully resisted appeal to EAT in case about ascertaining the effective date of termination post-Geys. Further appeal to Court of Appeal due to be heard in spring 2016.

Bhadressa & Ors v Capita (ET, 2015)

Represented multiple claimants in successful claim for automatically unfair dismissal under TUPE in this interesting local authority outsourcing case. Parts under appeal to EAT in 2016.

White v LFEPA UKEAT/01031/14/JOJ

Acted for successful respondent in appeal about trade union detriment.

Parekh v Brent London Borough  [2012] All ER (D) 70 (Dec) [2012] EWCA Civ 1630

Court of Appeal case on status of lists of issues in the employment tribunal.

London Borough of Islington v Bannon & Another UKEAT/0221/12

EAT case on TUPE service provision changes.

Education

Natasha has growing education law practice. She has a particular interest in SEN and disability and undertakes voluntary work for IPSEA. She frequently conducts SEN tribunals on behalf of both parents and local authorities. She writes and gives seminars on SEN and disability.

Cases

Confidential 2015

Interesting First Tier Tribunal case concerning right of a young person over the age of 18 to an EHC plan. Acted for the successful parent.

Professional Negligence

Natasha has particular experience in trade union negligence and also accepts instructions in solicitors’ negligence claims.

Commercial & Chancery

Natasha has experience in contract claims arising from employment relationships and also commercial relationships more broadly. Current instructions include High Court proceedings raising issues about standard terms and conditions and implied terms. Natasha also advises on consultancy agreements.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Bar Council Pro Bono Board
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • ELA Pro Bono Committee
  • Industrial Law Society
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit Committee
  • South Eastern Circuit Access to Justice Committee
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