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Gus joined Chambers after the successful completion of his pupillage in 2015 and has a broad practice focusing on employment, commercial and regulatory disputes. Gus regularly represents clients in courts and tribunals at all levels and has appeared in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal as well as in various County Courts, Employment Tribunals and Crown Courts.
Gus graduated from the University of Bristol in 2011 and completed his GDL and BPTC at the University of Law (previously the College of Law), where he was awarded an LLB with First Class Honours.
In 2014 Gus won the Incorporated Council Law Reporting (ICLR) National Moot competition and was part of the team which finished first in the national rounds of the Telders Memorial Public International Law Moot competition. In 2015 he was awarded a prize by the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) for his essay on financial services regulation.
Gus regularly provides training and CPD sessions for leading firms. He is a co-author of the latest edition of the Law Society’s Employment Law Handbook. He is the editor of the chapter in Tolley’s Employment Law Service regarding the fairness of dismissals.
Other examples of Gus’ publications include:
- Unlawful fees & Out of time claims (New Law Journal, September 2017)
- The negligent night shift: can employers be found liable for illnesses caused by excessive night work? (Journal of Personal Injury Law; J.P.I.L. 88, July 2017)
- Night Workers and Negligence: Do Nightshifts Cause Disease and When Are Employers Liable? (PI Brief Update Law Journal, July 2017)
- Litigants anonymous: the tribunal database and anonymity (ELA Briefing, 1 May 2017)
- Windle and workers (ELA Briefing, 1 August 2016)
Employment & Discrimination
Gus has a busy employment law practice and regularly undertakes multi day hearings against more senior counsel. He maintains a 50/50 balance of claimant and defendant/respondent work and acts in both the employment tribunal and civil courts. Gus’ clients have included banks, FTSE 100 companies, public sector organisations, overseas businesses and individuals. He is experienced at advising senior managers and employees on how to achieve exits on favourable terms.
Where cases litigate, Gus provides robust advocacy. His submissions have been described as being advanced “seductively” and “with skill and detail” by Langstaff J (see Dynasystems for Trade and General Consulting Ltd and Others v Mr M Moseley, UKEAT/0091/17/BA).
Gus’ experience in litigating commercial, pensions and personal injury disputes means that he brings a broad perspective to his employment work, which often assists when there are complex issues involving damages and remedies.
The following are recent examples of Gus’ work:
- advising a bank on the regulatory implications of a disciplinary investigation into the conduct of a senior manager
- successfully representing a firm of solicitors on appeal in relation to a professional negligence claim arising out of the handling of employment advice and litigation
- representing a high street bank in claims for disability discrimination made by a senior employee
- representing FTSE 100 companies in claims for disability discrimination
- acting for a senior manager of a large retail distributor on claims for unfair dismissal, breach of contract and non-payment of a contractual bonus
- being instructed by the Government Legal Department in a High Court employment action involving over 70 claimants
- acting in a successful claim for disability discrimination brought against the Secretary of State for Justice
- acting for an individual in a case listed for three weeks involving racially aggravated workplace violence
- advising senior solicitors in major firms in relation to claims against their employer
- advising the directors of a foreign owned business on potential claims being brought by a former CEO
- acting in multiple discrimination and whistleblowing claims concerning serving police officers
- being led by Natasha Joffe in the Court of Appeal in Rabess v London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority  EWCA Civ 1017.
Gus is the co-author of the Law Society’s “Employment Law Handbook”, 7th edition. He is the editor of the chapter in Tolley’s Employment Law Service (published by Lexis Nexis) dealing with the fairness of dismissals.
Appointments & Memberships
- Industrial Law Society
- Employment Lawyers Association
- Health and Safety Lawyers Association
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Areas of Law
- Commercial & Chancery
- Employment & Discrimination
- Health, Safety & Environment
- Pensions & Trusts
- Personal Injury
- Financial Services