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Daniel Barnett to hold 30 employment law webinars to raise £30,000 for FRU

Daniel Barnett will be holding 30 employment law webinars over 3 weeks from 1st – 19th March 2021 to raise £30,000 for the Free Representation Unit. Daniel Barnett’s webinars will raise funds for the FRU, which has been providing representation in social security and employment tribunals for those who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford legal fees since 1972. Our members will be joining Daniel’s webinars to discuss the following topics:   Health and Safety with Gus Baker Monday 1 March 2021 at 3:30pm     ACAS Early Conciliation with Andrew Short QC Thursday 4 March 2021 at 3:30pm     Employee Data, Monitoring and Privacy with Jeremy Scott-Joynt Friday 5 March 2021 at 9:30am   Changing Terms…

News 2 Mar, 2021

Gus Baker’s H&S advice noted in House of Commons Briefing Paper

A House of Commons Briefing Paper, “Coronavirus; Returning to Work”, has noted Gus Baker’s recent guidance on Coronavirus and Health & Safety Dismissals as a key reference point. Gus Baker’s guide, published last month, provides a detailed look at when employees will be protected from dismissal and detriment under Section 44 and Section 100 of the Employment Rights Act. His guide notes that: “prior to the coronavirus pandemic, employment disputes in which individuals refused to work because of danger were relatively rarely seen by employment tribunals. …The emergence of Covid 19 is likely to change this. For as long as the virus remains prevalent, and no vaccine has been found, each and every workplace is potentially an environment in which…

Covid-19, Legal Blog & Publications, Employment during Covid-19, Health & Safety during Covid-19 18 May, 2020

Civil Undertakings in environmental law – an alternative to prosecution?

Outer Temple Chambers is pleased to bring the short article below to the attention of all our clients in health and safety/environmental work. Written by Tim Green and Gus Baker, this commentary provides an essential guide to the use of civil undertakings in environmental enforcement proceedings including an analysis of the following: what makes up a civil undertaking including admission, penalty and remediation the Environment Agency’s enforcement policy when a civil penalty might be an alternative to prosecution how civil undertakings are being used by the Agency negotiating strategy and tactics Please follow this link to read more.

News 3 Oct, 2018

Outer Temple Chambers hosts NYSBA reception in London

Michael Bowes QC, co-chair of the London chapter of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) International Section and joint Head of Outer Temple Chambers, is to host a Meet & Greet reception in London, together with Michael Miller, President of The New York State Bar Association. The reception is part of a programme of events this year for New York-based attorneys in both Dublin and London. With members  located in 130 countries around the world, the NYSBA is the largest voluntary state bar organisation, representing thousands of lawyers globally. Their International Section chapter in London, UK is one of over 70 NYSBA chapters worldwide. For more than 140 years, the NYSBA has been the voice of the legal profession in New York State. Their mission is to shape the…

News 24 Jul, 2018

Show them who’s boss – employment tribunal boot camp for employers

On Thursday 7 June, members appeared in a mock-tribunal developed and organised by Excello Law, in conjunction with Outer Temple Chambers and in front of a large number of corporate clients. James Arnold sat as an Employment Judge with Gus Baker and Victoria Brown, as advocates. The event also attracted interest from The Times. The idea behind the event was to ‘give them a taste of what it is like to be grilled by a top-notch employment barrister’. The mock-tribunal at the Law Society was extremely well-attended, and a great success. James Arnold: A specialist in employment and discrimination law. His particular expertise lies in defending complex and high-value discrimination and whistle-blowing cases, as well as providing strategic advice on a broad spectrum…

News 7 Jun, 2018

New edition of Employment Law Handbook published

Law Society Publishing have published the 7th edition of the Employment Law Handbook, by Daniel Barnett, Gus Baker and Stephen Butler. The new edition has been substantially rewritten to provide a practical and thorough consideration of all difficult employment law issues, with a special focus on the problems HR professionals and employment lawyers may encounter as we approach 2020. New developments covered include: worker status, including gig economy workers holiday pay calculations developments in unfair dismissal and discrimination law Acas early conciliation the abolition of the fees regime. Please click here to buy your copy.

News 10 Oct, 2017

Litigants anonymous: the tribunal database and anonymity

In an article published in the latest ELA Briefing, Emily Gordon Walker and Gus Baker of Outer Temple Chambers discuss the impact of the new employment tribunals decisions database and provide advice for litigants about making applications for anonymity and restricted reporting. Emily and Gus discuss employment tribunals’ powers to make orders protecting individuals’ identities from publication. The article discusses the relevant case law in relation to such orders (including BBC v Roden and Fallows v NGN) and emphasises the importance of particularising exactly how an applicant’s Article 8 rights will be infringed if their name is published. Please click on this link to read the full article.

Legal Blog & Publications 4 May, 2017

BSB obtains civil restraint order against practising lawyer

Outer Temple barristers Mark Mullins and Gus Baker represented the Bar Standards Board (“BSB”) as part of a team which successfully defended a series of High Court appeals brought by Birmingham barrister Mr Tariq Rehman against findings of the Bar Disciplinary Tribunal. The BSB obtained a rare civil restraint order (CRO) against a practicing lawyer. In his judgment of 29 July 2016 Mr Justice Hickinbottom dismissed two of Mr Rehman’s appeals and went on to make an extended civil restraint order against Mr. Rehman for a period of two years. One of the appeals raised issues of wider application about the exercise of a professional disciplinary tribunal’s discretion to proceed in the absence of the accused professional. A full article…

News 4 Aug, 2016

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