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Imogen joined Chambers after her successful completion of the Outer Temple Chambers Extended Pupillage Scheme in association with FRU (Free Representation Unit) in May 2017. She is now developing a broad practice across all areas of Chambers’ work.
As part of her pupillage, Imogen spent six months doing casework for FRU. During her time in the FRU London office, Imogen represented clients in employment claims on a pro bono basis.
She remains dedicated to pro bono work and has taken EAT cases through the Bar Pro Bono Unit and provided pro bono representation at bail hearings through Bail for Immigration Detainees. This has provided her with first-hand insight into the challenges faced by clients in these specific areas.
Before being called to the bar, Imogen read law at the University of Nottingham and later studied the BPTC at Nottingham Law School. During her BPTC year, Imogen volunteered for the Personal Support Unit in Nottingham and Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre. Imogen also worked as a barrister’s assistant, with responsibility for managing direct access clients; as a result she has excellent client care skills.
Imogen has up to date experience of a broad range of employment work, in addition to the pro bono work undertaken at FRU. She has advised and represented clients in: unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, TUPE, holiday pay, and discrimination claims. Imogen takes on cases for both claimants and respondents and she regularly deals with multi-day claims. Imogen has also represented clients in judicial mediation and is available for advice or drafting work.
Through the Bar Pro Bono Unit, Imogen has represented Applicants in the EAT in Rule 3(10) and Appeal hearings without a leader. She also assisted Naomi Ling in the EAT case of Crawford v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd UKEAT/0316/16, which confirmed that compensatory rest breaks cannot be an amalgamation of different chunks of time that add up to 20 minutes (Network Rail is currently appealing and Imogen is due to assist in the Court of Appeal).
While a pupil, Imogen was supervised by Naomi Cunningham and was fortunate enough to observe some of the Asda equal pay litigation, exposing her to key issues in one of the landmark cases of this kind in recent years.
“Fantastic well done Imogen. I will definitely use her again. Happy to give her a quote for any Bio, I was very impressed.” (Solicitor)
Orchard v London Borough of Camden 220153/2017
Instructed by Pattinson Brewer LLP to represent the Claimant. The Claimant contended that despite having two roles, he had one contract of employment with the Respondent and that by making one of the roles redundant (removing half of his hours) he was entitled to resign from the other and treat himself as dismissed. The Claimant was successful on this claim.
Manu v DRS Care Homes 3324290/2016
Instructed by Pattinson Brewer LLP to represent the Claimant in his unfair dismissal claim. The Claimant had been accused of assaulting a service user and was dismissed. The ET held that there was an inadequate investigation and that the Claimant was unfairly dismissed. The Respondent had recognised its obligations to service users but had overlooked its obligations to its employee.
Willoughby v Flexserve 33000093/2017
Instructed by Pattinson Brewer LLP to represent the Claimant at a one-day preliminary issue hearing to determine whether the Respondent or a third party ‘umbrella company’ (based outside the jurisdiction) was the Claimant’s employer. The ET held that the Respondent employed the Claimant and that his claim for unlawful deduction of wages could proceed against them.
As Ben Bradley’s pupil, Imogen has received a firm grounding in personal injury work.
Imogen is now developing a personal injury practice of her own. She has experience of a wide range of hearings in the County Court. Imogen represents parties in Occupiers Liability Act ‘tripping and slipping’ trials and sickness claims against package holiday providers. She regularly attends CCMCs and often deals with disputes about expert evidence, preaction disclosure, and costs.
She has also represented families at inquests on a pro bono basis.
As Ben Bradley’s pupil, Imogen received a firm grounding in clinical negligence work. During Ben’s supervision, Imogen:
- Drafted pleadings in clinical negligence claims
- Observed many conferences and joint settlement meetings
- Observed and assisted with a wrongful pregnancy trial
As Imogen develops her own practice in clinical negligence, she is gaining experience and is keen to take on more work in this area, whether it be for drafting and advice, or representation at trial.
During her pupillage, Imogen was fortunate enough to be supervised by Fiona Scolding QC. As a result she observed and assisted with:
- Education hearings in the SEN Tribunals
- Immigration matters for GLD
- Defending a claim for judicial review of the Legal Aid Agency’s application of the duty solicitor scheme criteria (R (on the application of MK Law Solicitors Ltd) v Lord Chancellor  All ER (D) 16)
- Court of Protection cases
Imogen is a member of the Junior Junior Scheme with the GLD and has been instructed on numerous disclosure exercises. She drafts immigration grounds for GLD, and has represented immigration detainees through Bail for Immigration Detainees in bail hearings, on a pro bono basis.
Her education practice is developing, and she has represented a school at an Independent Review Panel for the permanent exclusion of a pupil with special educational needs at which the parents raised concerns about disability discrimination. Imogen excels in dealing with issues surrounding discrimination and special educational needs because of the overlap with her experience in employment law. This is an area where she is keen to take on more work.
Imogen is currently instructed as junior counsel on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
Imogen also accepts instructions in regulatory cases. As a second-six pupil, she represented a nurse in a 7-week hearing at the NMC, which involved eight nurses. Imogen made successful half-time submissions that there was no case to answer on two of the charges against her client.
The other advocates adopted Imogen’s submissions for the charge common to all eight nurses.
Her advocacy was described by others involved in this case as of a “standard to be expected of a more experienced advocate”. Her submissions were described as “sound and well-argued” and Imogen herself was described as “a rising star”.
Appointments & Memberships
- Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
- The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
- The Richard Bagley Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono Activity
Imogen Egan 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.