Courtney has been instructed on a variety of employment law matters, acting for both Claimants and Respondents, including discrimination matters, unfair dismissal, and TUPE matters. Recent matters have included:
Courtney has gained experience in pensions work, including Beckmann claims under TUPE and Courage fetters. She also assisted Naomi Ling in Speed v Teachers Pensions and Department for Education  EWHC 3108 (Chancery Division) which involved an appeal from the Pensions Ombudsman in relation to the Teachers Pensions Regulations 2010 for applications for ill health pensions.
Courtney has also been instructed on matters relating to ‘fire and rehire’ in the context of employers seeking to change pension schemes.
Courtney has experience in Judicial Review proceedings, advising on Community Care matters and drafting Statements of Facts and Grounds. This has included reviewing respite, accommodation, the duty to assess and Local Authorities’ failure to meet needs under Section 18 and Section 20 Care Act 2014. During her secondment to the FCA, Courtney worked on Judicial Review proceedings brought against the FCA.
Courtney practices in both the property/financial affairs and health/welfare jurisdictions of the court. She acts regularly for the Official Solicitor, the Office of the Public Guardian and local authorities in the Court of Protection addressing the appointment of litigation friends, issues of capacity and suitable placements. Courtney is frequently instructed in Section 21a appeals to challenge Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
Courtney frequently represents parents and Local Authorities in statutory appeals before the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) under the Children and Families Act 2014. Recent examples of her work include:
Courtney has advised and represented clients in commercial matters, including advising and representing on claims arising out of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
She was seconded to the Bank of England to work in Legal Services on a financial investigation to determine whether an insurer had breached its regulatory requirements prior to the potential issuing of a warning notice.
During her secondment to the FCA, Courtney worked in the General Counsel’s Division focusing on the regulation of claims management companies.
As a pupil, Courtney undertook legal research into the Financial Conduct Authority; in particular FCA authorisation and sanctions. She has focused on cross-border matters, including Mutual Legal Assistance treaties and Memoranda of Understandings that allow the FCA to obtain information from other jurisdictions. Furthermore, she assisted with work on cross-border investigations involving tax fraud.
Courtney Step-Marsden is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.
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