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Ranked as a “leading junior” in UK Employment Law, Peter Linstead’s practice focuses on four main areas:
- commercial work, often relating to the termination of employment, including employee competition injunctions;
- all areas of mainstream employment and discrimination, at tribunal and appellate level;
- workplace stress and harassment claims in the civil courts; and
- litigation in the Dubai International Financial Centre courts (DIFC).
He aims to bring to his work a real understanding of his clients’ needs combined with commercial and tactical awareness gained during many years of litigation and advocacy experience.
He has extensive experience in the EAT and Employment Tribunal, dealing in particular with TUPE, Equal Pay and Discrimination, and often appears against QCs. He has appeared un-led in the Court of Appeal on a range of matters including public sector equal pay, race discrimination and costs. He is also the Editor of the Tolley’s Employment Law Service section on ‘Absence from Work’.
His experience in the High Court and County Court means that he is often chosen for civil claims arising from the termination of the employment relationship including injunctions, bonus claims, breach of fiduciary and fidelity duties, share schemes and partnership/LLP member disputes. Peter’s recently published book: “Restraining Competition by Employees” is a concise practical guide to restrictive covenants and injunctions in this area. For more information, click the link here.
He has run a number of professional negligence claims arising from the provision of legal services.
Often instructed by senior executives and employers in stress claims (generally High Court PI claims involving negligence and the Protection from Harassment Act), he has an exceptional knowledge of this area and of the cross over between the civil courts and tribunals.
Peter Linstead’s international practice focuses on the Courts of the DIFC and he is currently instructed in a range of cases in that jurisdiction. He has expertise in the DIFC’s Court Rules and Employment Law and has recently been involved in drafting aspects of DIFC primary legislation. He also advises in the Isle of Man jurisdiction.
His commercial work frequently involves ADR and he is currently obtaining accreditation as a mediator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
On 27 April and 4 May 2021 Peter will be presenting an in depth, two-part webinar on the law of stress claims: Claims for Stress & Psychiatric Injury in the Workplace – Live at Your Desk.
For further information or to book, click here.
Commercial & Chancery
108 Medical Ltd v Millar, High Court QB (2019)
Acting for the claimant company in High Court summary judgment application in claim for six figure sum arising from alleged misrepresentation by former Managing Director.
Mashinsky v Routetrader Limited, Central London County Court (2019)
Represented Claimant Director in high-value claim for unpaid wages based on disputed contractual terms.
Wellden Turnbull Ltd v Alan James HQ17X02336, High Court QB (2018)
Represented the Defendant on an application for an interim injunction brought by a leading accountancy practice against a departing Director. The injunction was successfully resisted on the basis that there was no evidence of intended competition.
Yousseff v Now Health International Ltd, DIFC Court of First Instance (2018)
Instructed on behalf of employer in contract claim under employee incentive scheme of $2.2 million and additional termination payments.
Schindler Pars international Ltd v Brookfield Multiplex Ltd, DIFC Court of First Instance (2018)
Represented claimant company seeking interim injunction seeking the return of a performance bond under a construction contract.
OSO Buckingham Ltd v Buckingham Office Supplies Ltd, High Court, Chancery (2017)
Represented all three Defendants (a company and two individuals) in claim beginning with a springboard injunction application based on a claim for damages for competition following a team move. A case of unusual legal complexity, due to allegations of breaches of claimant’s rights under the Databases Regulations, in addition to the standard employee competition arguments.
Hodby & Ors. v Avioncare Ltd , High Court QB (2016)
Represented and advised the lead Defendant in a £¾ million claim by an avionics company alleging unlawful competition in breach of restrictive covenants and breach of the duty of confidence.
Clinical Direct Ltd v M.D. Medical Marketing Ltd, High Court QB (2014)
Represented international pharmaceuticals supplier in the High Court on an interlocutory injunction application arising out of claim for damages based on competitive activity and alleged theft of a database.
M.W. Eat Ltd v Kirubandan Anandan, High Court QB X03247, 14.8.12
Represented senior restaurant chef in injunction proceedings relating to express restrictive covenants protecting secret flavour formulae for recipes.
Advised DIFC Authority in Dubai in connection with drafting of new DIFC Employment Law 2019, coming into force in August 2019, with specific responsibility for discrimination provisions and transitional provisions.
XXX v XXX DIFC Court of First Instance (2018)
Instructed by international law firm in claim for substantial termination payments brought by departing senior lawyer.
Stennett v Ernst & Young, Isle of Mann Court of Court of Appeal (2018)
Instructed by Defendant company in Isle of Mann Court of Court of Appeal, in connection with unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim brought by former director.
Peter Linstead 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.
Areas of Law
“A very accessible barrister who supports clients on employment law.” Commercial law, Legal 500 Middle East 2021
“Incisive, gets to the heart of an issue and technically excellent; he is also very practical and generous with his time.” Employment, Legal 500 2021
“Extremely bright, thorough, competent and has an excellent manner with clients putting them at their ease.” Employment, Legal 500 2020
“He has an excellent grasp of the law.” Employment, Legal 500 2019
“He is extremely able and very good with clients.” Employment, Legal 500 2017
“He drills into the detail and is highly intelligent.” Employment, Legal 500 2016
“You can always depend on him to do a first-class job, not only in tribunal but also with clients.” Employment, Legal 500 2015
“I find him easy to work with and good with clients. He is good on his feet and a skilful cross examiner…. He has good attention to detail and his technical knowledge and submissions are second to none.” Chambers & Partners 2014