Employment

Field Court offers specialist advice and representation to employees and employers in all areas of employment law. Our Employment Group’s competitive advantage lies in its cost-effective, highly skilled team of talented practitioners who give excellent commercial advice at all levels of call.  Members are sought-after for their client-friendly, flexible, competitive and practical approach to all manner of employment disputes.

Our notable successes cover a broad range of employment law and related cases that include:

  • Bonus disputes
  • Benefits (such as health insurance and phantom share schemes)
  • Compromise agreements
  • Contract claims
  • Directors’ duties and disputes
  • Disciplinary procedures
  • Discrimination claims (including age, disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation)
  • Dismissal
    • Unfair
    • Wrongful
  • Drafting service agreements
  • Employment agencies
  • Employment status
  • Equality and equal pay
  • European Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Injunctions (inc restrictive covenants, issues of confidentiality)
  • Parental rights
  • Pensions Quasi employment relationships such as those under the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993.
  • References
  • Redundancies
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Trade Union Law
  • TUPE
  • Vicarious Liability (employer)
  • Whistleblowing
  • Working Time Regulation

Many team members are qualified Direct Public Access barristers.

The Employment Group also includes outstanding accredited mediators with experience in conducting mediations across a wide range of disputes.

Our CPD-accredited training courses, workshops and seminar programmes are highly regarded and well attended. Members of the Employment Group can deliver bespoke in-house training to law firms and professional bodies at their premises.

If you are interested in discussing our training programmes please email seminars.

The Employment Group produces a quarterly e-bulletin – The Employment Law Newsletter – that provides updates on key cases, legislation, members’ news and Chambers’ upcoming seminars and events. For a free subscription please contact Adam Lewis

Notable cases

  • A -v- B & C (UKEAT/0092/13/RN) – appeal as to the admissibility of pre-dismissal compromise negotiations
  • Jessemey v Rowstock Ltd & Anor [2014] EWCA Civ 185
  • Rowstock Ltd and another v Jessemey UKEAT/0112/12/DM, Unfair dismissal  – Polkey deduction – age discrimination – post-employment victimisation.
  • Aubrey Lilly v CA Sperati (2012) – Resisting the former managing director’s claims. MD breaching fiduciary duty through taking ‘bungs’ and jurisdiction issues, s.97 (2) ERA.
  • Cs v OldCo & CoA & CoB (2012) – TUPE, corporate structure, transfer of an economic entity and service provision change.
  • Beedles v Guinness Northern Counties Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 442 – claim under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Section 24C.
  • Bebbington v Palmer (t/a Sturry News) [2010] UKEAT 0371 – Appeal concerning employment status of 15 year old paperboy.
  • Mark Staggs v London Borough of Southwark (2010) – Challenge to a gross misconduct dismissal re: safeguarding vulnerable adults.
  • LB of Tower Hamlets v Wooster [2009] IRLR 980 – Age discrimination in dismissal for redundancy prior to the early retirement watershed.
  • Ratcliffe Duce & Gammer v (1) L Binns (T/A Parc Ferme) (2) N McDonald (2008) EAT, LTL 21/5/08 – Clarifying test for the making of wasted costs orders in the Employment Tribunal.
  • Chouglay v EJEF Ltd [2006] All ER (D) 292 (Jun) –  Dismissal by reason of redundancy –Employee making protected disclosure – Whether redundancy for legitimate reasons.
  • T-Systems Ltd v Raju & Anor [2006] UKEAT 0633 – Complex Sex Discrimination Act 1975 case involving contract workers.
  • C, R (on Application of) v Secretary Of State For Health [2000] EWCA Civ 49 (21 February 2000) – Challenge to the right of the Secretary of State to keep a blacklist of individuals considered to be unfit to work with children.