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Will Young

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Will’s main areas of work are personal injury, clinical negligence and employment law, as well as professional discipline.

Will is regularly instructed in a wide range of multi-track personal injury actions in the County Court, as well as more specifically in clinical negligence cases. He is instructed by both Claimants and Defendants, which he strongly believes enables him to provide a better service to clients on either side of personal injury litigation. He also appears at inquests.

Although he acts on his own in the majority of his cases, Will has experience of working with a leader, having acted as a junior to Harry Trusted and Gerard McDermott QC in recent cases.

Will also appears in the Employment Tribunal on a regular basis, representing both Claimants and Respondents, as well as in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He is regularly instructed in multi-day discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal cases, amongst others.

Within the employment sphere Will has a particular interest in claims involving medical personnel, having acted for both NHS Trusts and medical employees (including doctors). He also has experience of employment disputes in the civil courts.

In addition, and complementing these areas of practice, Will also has a particular interest in Regulatory and Disciplinary Law, in particular medical disciplinary proceedings. He has appeared on behalf of registrants before the GMC and other professional disciplinary tribunals, in particular the NMC (as well as acting as a case presenter).

Will is of the view that his different areas of practice compliment each other, and the experience he has gained in each area is very often of benefit to his clients and cases in the other areas.

Will is a tenacious advocate both orally and on paper, able to grasp complex factual situations quickly and to present arguments persuasively. He takes pride in providing advice that is thorough and on time, and always maintains a focus on his clients’ needs and priorities.

Will studied Modern History at Oxford University, before completing his Graduate Diploma in Law. He is a Lord Denning Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn, and was a Pegasus Scholar to Washington DC in 2012.

Outside of the law, his interests are history, politics, music and sport, rowing in particular, having twice coxed the Great Britain Under 18 VIII at the Junior World Championships, as well as the Oxford reserve boat in the 2004 Boat Race.

Employment & Discrimination

Will appears regularly in the Employment Tribunal (acting both for Claimants and Respondents), as well as the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He also provides written advice and drafts pleadings when required.

Will has a particular interest in employment cases involving medical employers, acting regularly for NHS Trusts as well as their employees, including doctors, in cases involving whistleblowing, discrimination, and contractual disputes, as well as unfair dismissal. He has wide-ranging experience of employment disputes, however, ranging from small private companies to large national and international employers, both public and private sector, and including in the field of financial services. He is particularly interested in discrimination claims of all types, and has a significant amount of experience in his field. His personal injury experience also gives him an interest in cases where discrimination, harassment and/or bullying have led to stress at work and psychiatric injury.

He also has experience of employment and employment-type claims in the civil courts, two recent examples being: advising a senior consultant in the healthcare field working in the Middle East in relation to claims for sums due under his contract of employment; and advising directors of a media company on an injunction to restrain a former employee from making unauthorised use of intellectual property owned by the company.

Recent cases include:

  • Rana v London Borough of Ealing [2018] – Court of Appeal case (in which Will was instructed as sole counsel) giving guidance on the correct approach to applications for extensions of the time limit for appeals to the EAT where the ET’s judgment has not been sent to one of the parties
  • Prasad v Epsom & St Helier NHS (2019) – successful appeal to the EAT overturning the dismissal of the Claimant’s claim for harassment on grounds of sex. The Respondent was represented by a QC, and permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal was sought
  • McLeary v One Housing Group (2019) – successful appeal to the EAT in relation to the Tribunal’s dismissal of the claim on limitation grounds. Guidance was given on the correct characterisation of a constructive dismissal based on different types of discriminatory conduct
  • Taylor v Ladbrokes [2017] IRLR 312 – successful EAT appeal against dismissal of claim for disability discrimination, relating to question of whether the Claimant’s diabetes was a “progressive condition”
  • An age discrimination claim, acting for two Directors employed by a large retail company dismissed for redundancy. The claim was listed for a five day trial, but settled shortly before trial for sums in excess of £200,000 in respect of each Claimant

Publications – in 2016 Will co-edited, along with Emily Gordon Walker, the Tolleys Employment Law Service chapter on Absence from Work.

Will is a member of ELA and ELBA.

Appointments & Memberships

  • APIL
  • ELA
  • PIBA

Awards

  • Lord Denning Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Pegasus Scholar (2012)

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