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Patrick Tomison

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Patrick Tomison accepts instructions across all areas of work undertaken in chambers, including employment, commercial and chancery, pensions, clinical negligence and personal injury and public law. Patrick joined Outer Temple in September 2019 upon successful completion of his pupillage.

Prior to pupillage, Patrick worked in the Court of Appeal as the judicial assistant to Sir Ernest Ryder, the Senior President of Tribunals. He assisted the Senior President with appeals in a wide range of fields, including employment, clinical negligence, public law, commercial and immigration.

He holds a first class degree in Law with German Law from Oxford University (University College).

Patrick has been praised for his “calm, professional” manner and lay client has described him as “very reassuring” and “brilliant”.

Employment & Discrimination

Patrick acts for both Claimants and Respondents in preliminary and final hearings in all areas of employment and discrimination law, in addition to providing written advice and drafting pleadings.

During pupillage, Patrick was supervised by Andrew Allen. He was exposed to a wide range of employment matters, including appellate hearings in the EAT and Court of Appeal.

Examples of Patrick’s recent instructions include:

  • Acting a junior counsel (led by Saul Margo) in a complex whistleblowing claim listed for 15 days
  • Advice on liability and quantum in a disability discrimination claim involving consideration of entitlement to benefits under a public sector pension scheme (instructed by the GLD as a junior junior)
  • Successful representation of a Claimant who was dismissed for alleged misconduct. He received the full value of his Schedule of Loss (almost £30,000)
  • Successful representation of a company (FTSE 100-listed) facing an unfair dismissal claim by an employee dismissed for misconduct, including breach of Financial Conduct Authority’s conduct rules

Whilst working as a judicial assistant, he assisted the Senior President of Tribunals and Lady Justice Simler (who was then the President of the EAT) with several appeals in the employment field, including:

  • Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake [2018] EWCA Civ 1641 (concerning the issue of whether “sleep-in” workers are entitled to National Minimum Wage)
  • Romero v Nottingham City Council UKEAT/0303/17/DM (concerning the impact of multiple Early Conciliation certificates on time limits).

Appointments & Memberships

  • Industrial Law Society

Awards

  • The Cynthia Terry award (Gray’s Inn, 2016)
  • BPP Excellence Award (2016)
  • Alan Urbach Memorial Prize for Jurisprudence (for highest mark in the paper in University College, Oxford) (2014)
  • Rowley Prize for Land Law (for highest mark in the paper in University College, Oxford) (2014)
  • Exhibition (awarded by University College, Oxford, for academic achievement) (2011-2014)

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