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Alex Line specialises in the areas of education, employment and discrimination, court of protection, and public law. He has a busy advisory and advocacy practice, regularly appearing in the Employment Tribunal, County Court and the First-Tier Tribunal. He has High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal, Upper Tribunal, and Court of Appeal experience. He has been appointed to the Attorney General’s panel of counsel to the Crown (C Panel) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s panel of counsel (B Panel).
Employment & Discrimination
Alex has significant experience of representing both claimants and respondents in Employment Tribunal proceedings ranging from providing strategic advice, attending preliminary hearings, through to undertaking complex multi-week trials. He has experience of appearing before the EAT and the Court of Appeal in employment cases.
In the case of J v K & Another  EWCA Civ 5, which concerned the EAT’s discretion to consider an out of time appeal brought by a disabled litigant, Underhill LJ described Alex’s written submissions as “exemplary” and his oral submissions as “of high quality”. His EAT experience includes Amaryllis v McLeod & Others UKEAT/0273/15/RN and Sole (Vale) v Jaggers UKEAT/0218/16/DA. Alex’s experience before the Employment Tribunal covers the range of claims which arise in employment litigation including unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing, employment status, detriments, and TUPE .
Alex has represented clients in a broad range of sectors including local government, health, social care, construction, legal services, charities, banking, and retail amongst others. He has particular experience of the education sector as a consequence of his education law practice. He has been instructed in a number of cases involving teachers, members of university academic staff, schools, further education colleges and universities.
Recent examples of Alex’s work include:
- Representing a local authority in a seven day trial concerning a claim for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
- Representing an employer in an employee status case, establishing that an agency worker was not an employee of the end user.
- Obtaining an award for an enhanced contractual redundancy payment for an employee who was found to have been made redundant because of a business relocation.
- Attending a preliminary hearing to determine whether a service provision change had occurred affecting around 15 employees, and appearing in the EAT in an appeal arising from this case on the question of whether the Tribunal had erred in its application of TUPE.
- Advising a local authority in a test claim for unlawful deduction from wages by a group of employees arising from the approach taken to overtime pay, with the potential of affecting a high number of employees.
- Representing a claimant in a complex two week trial against a leading Silk in a claim concerning protected disclosures raised by a managing director.
- Attending a preliminary hearing to determine the question of disability status and thereafter appearing in the EAT following an appeal against the Tribunal’s findings.
- Attending a five day trial to determine whether an employee had been subject to discrimination arising from disability and whether the employer had failed in its duty to make reasonable adjustments.
- Attendance at a four day trial to determine whether a chief executive of a national charity had been dismissed because of raising protected disclosures.
- Attendance at a three day trial concerning an employee with learning difficulties in a claim for unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and disability discrimination.
- Advising a local authority in relation to its payment arrangements for term-time only teaching staff, in particular as to whether the arrangements amounted to less favorable treatment under the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favorable Treatment) Regulations 2000.
- Representing a respondent in a multi day trial relating to pregnancy-related discrimination and detriment under Maternity and Parental Leave etc Regulations 1999.
Appointments & Memberships
- Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel to the Crown (C Panel)
- Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel (B Panel)
- Education Lawyers Association
- Employment Lawyers Association
- Bedingfield Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
- Reid Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
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Areas of Law
- Commercial & Chancery
- Court of Protection
- Disciplinary & Regulatory
- Employment & Discrimination
- Public Law
“He’s very much a go-to for complex cases – very adaptable and really good on his feet.” “He is very sensitive to the client’s needs.” Education, Chambers and Partners 2021
“Very clever with a first-class grasp of the law relating to SEN.” Education, Legal 500 2021
“He is extremely knowledgeable, approachable, bright and effective.” Education, Chambers and Partners 2020
“He’s an incredible researcher and a great listener. You can always be confident in his advice.” Education, Chambers and Partners 2020
“Very clever with a first-class grasp of the law relating to SEN.” Education, Legal 500 2020
“He’s a very solid advocate, a good cross-examiner and always nice to deal with.” Education, Chambers and Partners 2019
“Alex Line is a rising star for education and appeals.” Education, Chambers and Partners 2019
“Alex always provides detailed and thoroughly thought-through advice. He is able to handle difficult clients in all situations and is very good value considering the high level of expertise and the quality of work he brings to his cases.” Education, Chambers and Partners 2018