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Natasha Joffe 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

Callaghan v Birmingham City Council (EAT 2017)

Acting for a group of claimants in important conjoined appeals on Rule 9 and the circumstances in which multiple claimants may use the same claim form.

Buchanan v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2016] IRLR 918

Interesting EAT decision on justification of s 15 disability discrimination.

Tanska v Govia Thameslink Railway Ltd (ET 2016/EAT 2017)

Acted for successful claimant in disability discrimination case concerning an insulin-dependent diabetic conductor seeking employment as a train driver. The claimant secured a recommendation that she be appointed as a trainee train driver and a liability appeal by the respondent was ultimately withdrawn.

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 [2017] IRLR 147

Successfully resisted appeal to Court of Appeal in first case at that level about ascertaining the effective date of termination post-Geys.

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.

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.

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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