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Naomi Cunningham acts for social worker in belief discrimination case in employment tribunal 

Naomi Cunningham acts for social worker in belief discrimination case in employment tribunal 

Rachel Meade was sanctioned by Social Work England and suspended by Westminster City Council in 2021 for private social media posts that included gender-critical beliefs. Employment barrister, Naomi Cunningham, successfully represented Rachel in an Employment Tribunal. Social worker Rachel Meade has successfully sued her employer, Westminster City Council (WCC), and professional regulatory body, Social Work England (SWE), in an employment tribunal for discrimination on the basis of her protected beliefs under the Equality Act 2010. Between 2018 and 2020, Meade had shared posts about upholding women’s rights from various organisations, during the then reform consultation for the Gender Recognition Act 2004, with many of her posts being links to national newspaper stories and articles by advocacy groups such as Fair…

News 9 Jan, 2024

Martina Murphy successful in Cohen v Mahmood MP (EAT)

Martina Murphy successful in Cohen v Mahmood MP (EAT)

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (‘EAT’) has handed down judgment in Ms Elaina Cohen v Mr Khalid Mahmood MP in which the successful claimant was represented by Martina Murphy. The Claimant had been successful before the Employment Tribunal in her claim for unfair dismissal and one complaint of whistleblowing detriment. The claimant had made an error in the citation of the ACAS number on the ET1 and missed the primary time limit. The Tribunal held it was not reasonably practicable for the Claimant to have presented her claim in time. Mr Mahmood MP appealed against the decision extending time. Employment Appeal Tribunal Mr Mahmood MP’s appeal In dismissing Mr Mahmood MP’s appeal, the EAT confirmed that the real issue in such…

News 27 Nov, 2023

DLA Practitioners Group Meeting: "Religion/Belief Discrimination"

DLA Practitioners Group Meeting: “Religion/Belief Discrimination”

Naomi Cunningham will be speaking at the DLA Practitioners Group Meeting on “Religion/Belief Discrimination” on Tuesday 14th November 2023. Join Outer Temple’s Naomi Cunningham at the Discrimination Lawyers Association Practitioners Group Meeting as she speaks on “Religion/Belief Discrimination”. The topic of discussion will be “Higgs v Farmer’s School – the last word on religion or belief discrimination?” Book your place This event will be held at Outer Temple Chambers, 222 Strand, London, WC2R 1BA on Tuesday 14th November 2023. Places are limited and booking is required. The event is free for DLA members. Non-members pay a fee of £10 or can click here to become a member. To book a place and register for the event, click here. Agenda Registration…

Events 9 Nov, 2023

Lorna Badham

Lorna Badham Joins Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome leading clinical negligence and personal injury Junior, Lorna Badham, to the team.  Lorna Badham joins the team in London, bringing with her a wealth of experience in personal injury, clinical negligence and employment law. Lorna is ranked as a Tier 1 barrister by Legal 500 UK for her personal injury work, describing her as “adept at running difficult cases and doing so with compassion [and is] commercially and tactically intelligent.” She has particular specialisms in international illness and accidents and cosmetic negligence claims, and will also be working with the increasingly sought-after Travel Law team. She has been instructed in claims arising out of accidents on planes, cruise ships, oil rigs, luxury and/or…

News 24 Oct, 2023

Martina Murphy Joins Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome leading Junior, Martina Murphy, to its award-winning Employment team.  Martina brings with her a wealth of experience in complex employment and discrimination litigation as well as in the cross-over areas of professional discipline and regulatory law and group litigation. Martina has a broad employment, commercial and equality law practice with particular focus on the areas of whistleblowing and discrimination with a strong appellate practice. She is Chair of the Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA).  She is also a contributory editor of Harvey on Employment and Industrial Relations, the leading practitioner text. Ranked in the leading directories, Legal 500 (2023) says; “Martina’s advocacy is excellent, as is her ability to relate to clients and…

News 18 Oct, 2023

Monique Bouffe published in the Environmental Whistleblowing Toolkit

Monique Bouffe published in the Environmental Whistleblowing Toolkit

Monique Bouffe, alongside other writers has co-authored the Environmental Whistleblowing Toolkit published by Protect. Protect aims to make whistleblowing work for individuals, organisations and society. The Environmental Whistleblowing Toolkit is a practical toolkit aimed at helping an individual understand their rights when raising environmental concerns in the workplace. Climate change threatens the very existence of life on this planet. International experts tell us that we need to act urgently as widespread change has already occurred. If we are to prevent further environmental harm and keep global warming below the 1.5°C that scientists say is required to prevent catastrophic damage, we need to use every tool in the box. Whistleblowing is one of these tools. The article has a number of…

External Publications 17 Oct, 2023

Andrew Allen KC to speak at 22 KCs event

Andrew Allen KC to speak at 22 KCs event

Andrew Allen KC will be speaking at the upcoming Michael Rubenstein event entitled ’22 KCs on the Hot Employment Law Issues 2023 – 2024′. This will be held on the 5th – 6th October 2023. Michael Rubenstein Conferences, a company who organise high-level employment and discrimination law conferences, will be holding the upcoming conference ‘22 KC’s on the Hot Employment Law Issues 2023-2024′. The event will involve 22 hot topics being explored by 22 of Britain’s top employment and discrimination law silks. Andrew Allen KC of Outer Temple, who specialises in employment and discrimination law; and who holds an MSc in Gender and Sexuality from Birkbeck, University of London will be speaking at this event on 6th October, on the topic of…

News 4 Oct, 2023

Andrew Allen KC and Alexander Line successfully represent the Ministry of Justice and Lord Chancellor in part-time worker challenge brought by Circuit Judges

Andrew Allen KC and Alexander Line successfully represent the Ministry of Justice and Lord Chancellor in part-time worker challenge brought by Circuit Judges

The Employment Tribunal has handed down its judgment in Clayson & Ors v Ministry of Justice & Lord Chancellor in which Andrew Allen KC and Alexander Line represented the successful party. Judgment was handed down on 31st August 2023 by the Employment Tribunal in a group claim brought by salaried Circuit Judges, relying on their former Recorder status, in Clayson & Others v Ministry of Justice & Lord Chancellor (Case No: 2204416/2022 & Others). Andrew Allen KC and Alexander Line represented the successful party in this part-time worker challenge. Following their recent success in the EAT in Ministry of Justice & Lord Chancellor v Dodds [2023] UKEAT 31, Andrew Allen KC and Alexander Line, instructed by the Government Legal Department,…

News 1 Sep, 2023

The Court of Appeal hands down judgment in appeal of urgent injunction application in which Anson Cheung appeared

The Court of Appeal hands down judgment in appeal of urgent injunction application in which Anson Cheung appeared

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in MIMO Connect Limited v (1) Mathew Robert Buley, (2) Grace Avalon Fever, (3) M/Y Connect Maritime Limited, (4) Karl James Mardell (CA-2023-001179), in which Anson Cheung, led by Mohinderpal Sethi KC, acted for the successful Claimant/Applicant. Background to the appeal The Claimant was a company which provided internet connectivity to the maritime industry, particularly superyachts and other like-vessels. The First to Second Defendants were minority shareholders in the Claimant, and established the Third Company as a competing company. The Fourth Defendant was a former employee of the Claimant, who moved over to the Third Company. The hearing before the Court of Appeal arose out of an urgent interim injunction application against…

News 2 Aug, 2023

Outer Temple's Daniel Barnett (general editor) has published the latest edition of the Employment Law Handbook, with contributions from Jeremy Scott Joynt, Courtney Step-Marsden (both of Outer Temple) and Nicholas Bidnlell - Edwards. The book covers every aspect of employment law, and is available now to order.

The 9th Edition of the Employment Law Handbook by Daniel Barnett, Jeremy Scott Joynt, Courtney Step-Marsden and Nicholas Bidnell now available to order

Outer Temple’s Daniel Barnett (general editor) has published the latest edition of the Employment Law Handbook, with contributions from Jeremy Scott-Joynt, Courtney Step-Marsden (both of Outer Temple) and Nicholas Bidnell – Edwards. The book covers every aspect of employment law, and is available now to order. Outer Temple Chambers are proud to share the publishing of the 9th edition of the Employment Law Handbook. The book written by experts in this field (Daniel Barnett, Jeremy Scott-Joynt, Courtney Step-Mardsen and Nicholas Bidnell-Edwards), is authoritative, clear and reader-friendly. The new edition of this invaluable handbook provides a comprehensively updated overview of employment law. Fully revised and rewritten, it covers: Employment status Unfair and wrongful dismissal Discrimination Redundancy Transfer of undertakings Health &…

News 31 Jul, 2023

Naomi Cunningham contributes to the latest edition of DLA Briefings – Scottish court rules on the meaning of ‘sex’

Discrimination law specialist Naomi Cunningham was invited to write an article for Discrimination Law Association Briefings on the Scottish court ruling on the meaning of ‘sex’. Naomi’s article highlights the issue that, under the Scotland Act 1998 (the Act), any provision of legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament is of no effect in so far as it is ‘outside the legislative competence of the Parliament’; a provision is outside the legislative competence of the Parliament if it relates to reserved matters. Equal opportunities is a ‘reserved matter’ by schedule 5 to the Act, but that reservation is subject to certain exceptions, one of which relates to ‘the inclusion of persons with protected characteristics in non-executive posts on boards of [a…

External Publications 18 Jul, 2023

Outer Temple Chambers shortlisted across 9 areas at The Legal 500 Bar Awards

We are proud to announce that Outer Temple Chambers has been shortlisted across 9 areas, including ‘set of the year’ for chancery, employment, sport, technology, data & crypto at The Legal 500 Bar Awards. The Bar Awards, presented by The Legal 500, celebrates the finest barristers, chambers, and legal expertise, bringing together some of the brightest minds in the industry. The awards evening will take place on Tuesday 3rd October 2023, at the London Hilton on Park Lane. We are delighted to share that we have been shortlisted for the following Set Awards: Chancery set of the year – Outer Temple Chambers Employment set of the year – Outer Temple Chambers Sports set of the year – Outer Temple Chambers Technology,…

News 13 Jul, 2023

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