Cloisters' Schona Jolly successfully defends unfair dismissal claim brought by high-earning BGC Broker Robert Bou-Simon. For press coverage of the case click here Continue reading
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Attempts by Easybus to appeal a damning employment tribunal judgment earlier this year have failed. The high-profile founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou was responsible for sacking Mr Rawsthorn, whom Paul Michell represented at the hearing. (See News for 22 May 2014). Employment judge Selwyn Bloch QC ruled that Sir Stelios: “repeatedly evaded answering questions put to him in cross examination... was apt to make all kinds of allegations of dishonesty and falsity ... which on the face of it were manifestly unsupported... seemed to have no qualms about making entirely new allegations ... which, again, appeared to have no foundation... [and] expressed disdain for legal protections given to employees [and]... the ‘wishy washy advice of lawyers’. In his 14 August EAT judgment, HHJ Richardson held that the Easybus appeal was “totally without merit” and upheld the finding that Sir Stelios’ conduct towards Continue reading
Cloisters’ Schona Jolly (instructed by Kiran Dauka of Slater & Gordon) represented P.C. Carol Howard in her remedies hearing against the Metropolitan Police in the Central London Tribunal. The remedies judgment, handed down today, is notable both for the amount of the compensation for hurt feelings and aggravated damages but also for the trenchant criticisms made of the Met’s conduct and for the Tribunal’s recommendations. In its liability judgment in July 2014, the Tribunal found that Carol Howard had been discriminated against on the grounds of her race and sex as one of 12 women in the elite Diplomatic Protection Group (DPG) of which only 2, including her, were black. She was also victimised following her complaints. The Tribunal found that Sgt Kelly, (then acting Inspector) bullied and harassed her and treated her less favourably than white, male colleagues both before Continue reading
Chris Milsom was invited to appear on BBC Breakfast this morning to discuss proposed reforms to anti-terror legislation in response to the threat posed by ISIS. Whilst acknowledging the abhorrent activities of some British citizens in Iraq and Syria Chris nonetheless maintained that the best contribution the law can make in this area is a reaffirmation of the Rule of Law. He argued that the trial of suspected terrorists by a British jury composed of individuals with a diversity of faiths on which men and women are treated equally represents the best traditions of the common law: by contrast the prospect of rendering British citizens stateless on their return to the UK would not only contravene two UN Conventions but also the bedrock of the English legal system. The debate on balancing liberty and security continues Continue reading
The annual Industrial Law Society Oxford Conference on Friday 19 to Sunday 21 September 2014 will yet again feature a strong Cloisters contingent. Caspar Glyn QC ILS Chair is overall conference chair. Anna Beale will speak on "Bringing up baby: the benefits for employers and employees". Cloisters' alumnus and EAT President Brian Langstaff J will contribute a talk on "Overconfidence in The Implied Term? Court out……" The full programme is here. Continue reading