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Oliver Lawrence

Oliver Lawrence joins the Employment Team at Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to announce the arrival of Oliver Lawrence to Outer Temple’s Employment Team. Oliver joined the London office in March 2023 and will be taking instructions on all employment matters. He has an expanding tribunal, appellate and advisory Employment practice and receives repeat instructions from both Claimant and Respondent employment firms on cases across the full range of statutory employment, commercial employment and discrimination law. He acts in complex litigation at first instance and on appeal, working with clients in the NHS, financial services, food, tech and retail sectors. Oliver has significant experience as a trial and appellate advocate relative to his year of call and has appeared in the Court of Appeal (led), the EAT (unled)…

News 13 Mar, 2023

Andrew Allen and Alex Line in EAT

Andrew Allen KC and Alexander Line successfully represent the Ministry of Justice & Lord Chancellor in the EAT

Judgment was handed down by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (‘EAT’) on 7th March 2023 in a group claim brought by salaried judges; Ministry of Justice & Lord Chancellor v Mr R Dodds & Others [2023] EAT 31. Andrew Allen KC and Alexander Line represented the Ministry of Justice and Lord Chancellor. The Background Claims had been brought by a group of salaried judges under the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000. Representative claims from that group were determined by the Employment Tribunal (‘ET’) in December 2021. Three of the representative claimants were salaried Circuit Judges who each had authorisation to sit in the High Court under s.9(1) of the Senior Courts Act 1981. They claimed that, when…

News 10 Mar, 2023

Patrick Tomison named The Times ‘Lawyer of the Week’

Patrick Tomison has been named ‘Lawyer of the Week’ by The Times after acting for a dyslexic Marks and Spencer worker made redundant over mistakes in emails. The Times has named Patrick Tomison ‘Lawyer of the Week’ after he acted for an employee in a high profile disability discrimination case employment tribunal. Patrick acted for Rita Jandu, who worked for Marks and Spencer for more than 20 years and was made redundant because of mistakes in her emails. Jandu, who is dyslexic, claimed disability discrimination and unfair dismissal. The central London employment tribunal awarded her more than £50,000, ruling that her employers ignored the impact that dyslexia had on her work. “We had to prove the impact of her dyslexia…

News 8 Dec, 2022

Watch the Seminar: After Forstater: Sex and Gender in the Workplace

Outer Temple’s Andrew Allen KC and Naomi Cunningham presented at our ‘After Forstater: Sex and Gender in the Workplace’ seminar on 21st September 2022. The slides and full video of the talk are now available. Barristers Andrew Allen KC and Naomi Cunningham, who both specialise in Employment & Discrimination, spoke at the recent ‘Sex and Gender in the Workplace Seminar’. This event provided advice for both employers and employees on how to approach the current gender critical debate in the workplace by focussing on recent case law and the practical measures that employers can or must do. The Discussion Andrew Allen KC, joining remotely, opened the event with a short tour of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and the Equality…

Webinars & Recordings 7 Oct, 2022

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 2022 – 23′. This will be held on the 29th – 30th September 2022. 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 2022 – 23′. The event will involve 22 hot topics being explored by 22 of Britain’s top employment and discrimination law silks. Outer Temple’s Andrew Allen KC, who specialises in employment and discrimination law, will be speaking at this event on 30th September, on the topic of ‘Recent Cases on Privacy, restricting Publicity and Anonymity’. Please click here to…

News 21 Sep, 2022

Outer Temple Chambers shortlisted in the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2022

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted as an ‘Outstanding Set’ in Diversity & Inclusion, by the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2022. Congratulations also to James Leonard, Naomi Ling, Matthew McDonagh, and Justina Stewart, who have been shortlisted for individual awards. Chambers & Partners announced the shortlist ahead of the Awards Ceremony on 17th November in London. Naomi Ling, Employment Naomi Ling has been shortlisted as ‘Employment Junior of the Year’ in recognition of her outstanding Employment practice last year. She is a highly sought-after employment barrister with over 20 years of experience in this area. Recent instructions of note include; Abdar v Morrisons, McCloud v Lord Chancellor, Turley v Port of Felixstowe James Leonard, Health…

News 1 Sep, 2022

Event: After Forstater: Sex and Gender in the Workplace- 21st September 2022

Join Outer Temple Chambers and guests for an upcoming seminar hosted by Andrew Allen QC and Naomi Cunningham named ‘After Forstater: Sex and Gender in the Workplace’. This will take place on Wednesday 21st September 2022. You are invited to join Outer Temple Chambers for a discussion hosted by Andrew Allen QC and Naomi Cunningham on sex and gender in the workplace and employment law. Within the talk, Andrew and Naomi will analyse recent legal developments and provide practical tips and advice. This event will be useful for both claimant and respondent solicitors. The event is hybrid and will take place at Outer Temple Chambers in London on Wednesday 21st September 2022 from 6 pm – 7:30 pm as well…

Events 22 Jul, 2022

Outer Temple Chambers nominated by The Legal 500 UK Bar Awards

Outer Temple Chambers has been nominated by The Legal 500 Bar Awards as Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Employment Set of the Year. Additionally, barristers Saul Margo and Oliver Powell have been nominated respectively for Chancery Junior and Corporate Crime Junior of the Year. Legal 500 Set of the Year We are delighted to announce that Outer Temple Chambers has been nominated by The Legal 500 Bar Awards for Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Employment Set of the Year 2022! Our Clinical Negligence barristers cover various claims involving doctors, dentists, nurses and other health professionals. We are frequently instructed in the most demanding and highest value cases, including birth injury and other serious neurological injuries. Legal 500 has stated that…

News 6 Jul, 2022

Court of Appeal Rolls Building

Will Young and Courtney Step-Marsden instructed in “Whistleblowing” case to appear in the Court of Appeal re: Kong v Gulf International Bank (UK) Ltd

Will Young and Courtney Step-Marsden are instructed (by Didlaw) on behalf of the Appellant (the Claimant) in an appeal concerning automatic unfair dismissal for “whistleblowing”. This will be held on Thursday 26th May in the Court of Appeal. Will Young and Courtney Step-Marsden are instructed on behalf of the Appellant (the Claimant) in an appeal concerning automatic unfair dismissal for “whistleblowing”. More specifically, the case concerns the extent to which an employer can legitimately dismiss a whistleblowing employee for conduct associated with her protected disclosures without it being found that the disclosures are the reason for dismissal. Ms Kong, Head of Financial Audit for the Respondent international bank, made protected disclosures in the course of her employment. She was subsequently…

News 24 May, 2022

Ed Morgan QC joins Outer Temple Chambers

We are delighted to welcome Edward Morgan QC to our business team. Ed joins us with a well-established practice focused on employment law, commercial law, disciplinary and regulatory work. He is also an accredited Mediator and Arbitrator. Ed studied in Northern England (LLB and LLM) and Belgium (JCL, PhD and JCD). He was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1989 and the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2000. He was appointed silk in 2021. His judicial appointments include fee-paid Employment Judge and Assistant Coroner. Ed’s expertise is widely recognised; he regularly writes case reviews for LexisNexis and professional book reviews for specialist journals, including the Ecclesiastical Law Journal and the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and…

News 27 Apr, 2022

Andrew Short QC and Peter Linstead win status appeal involving apps for London taxis

Representing the Respondent operators of the Mytaxi app (now called Free Now), Andrew Short QC and Peter Linstead have successfully opposed the Claimant’s appeal to the EAT of a decision that a London Hackney carriage driver using the taxi app was not a ‘worker’ when using the app to source and transport passengers. Introduction In a decision handed down on 18 January 2022 in Christopher Johnson v Transopco UK Ltd [2022] EAT 6, the EAT upheld the decision of the employment tribunal, where Peter Linstead appeared unled for Transopco, that although the driver had an obligation of personal service, the operator was a ‘client or customer’ of the driver’s business for the purposes of s.230(3) of the Employment Rights Act…

News 24 Jan, 2022

Naomi Cunningham - Hot 100

Naomi Cunningham named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list

We are delighted to announce that Naomi Cunningham has been named by The Lawyer as a ‘Hot 100 Lawyer’ for 2022. Every year, The Lawyer compiles a list of lawyers that they feel have made an impact on the legal world and have excelled in their field.   Their ‘Hot 100’ rates on excellence and relevance. It covers “an incredibly diverse mix of legal professionals; scrappers from the rough and tumble of criminal law; sophisticated corporate dealmakers; intellectuals and silver-tongued advocates from barristers’ profession; the in-house counsel with the ear of their CEOs; associates rising to greatness; and even the occasional professional with no legal qualifications at all who is nevertheless showing the industry how to better itself. But whatever…

News 17 Jan, 2022

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