Jennifer Danvers

Year of Call: 2012

PRACTICE AREAS

Clinical Negligence | Discrimination & Equality | Employment | Personal Injury | Professional Discipline

HIGHLIGHTS

"She is absolutely superb. She is incredibly bright, has an amazing work ethic and takes on board even the tiniest details; she provides practical advice and innovative solutions." "She is a great strategist, who is always commercial, personable and client-focused." Chambers & Partners 2021

OVERVIEW

Employment and discrimination

Jen has represented and advised employers and employees in a wide range of businesses and industries including: banking, charitable sector, FTSE 100 companies, retail, education, public sector, manufacturing, transport, health and service industries. She is in court and Tribunal regularly and acts as sole counsel in complex multi-day discrimination and whistleblowing litigation. She is highly sought after by both claimant and respondent solicitors for her clear-sighted, strategic approach to litigation.

Jen has particular expertise in the Higher Education sector acting for both Higher Education providers and on behalf of unions and individual academics. She undertook a secondment at the University of Oxford as their senior employment lawyer which has enhanced her ability to give highly practical advice in complex claims.

She is currently junior counsel on a large group claim in a gig-economy case. Jen is also particularly interested in the cross-over between employment and information law and how the GDPR operates in and impacts on the workplace and employment litigation.

Jen regularly undertakes complex internal investigations into employee disputes and disciplinary matters, including in the most sensitive cases of serious sexual harassment.

Jen represents clients in discrimination in goods and services and education litigation. She acted for Emily Bendell in her widely-reported proposed action against the Garrick Club.

She was appointed to the EHRC's Panel of Preferred Counsel in 2019 and is Cloisters' Equality and Diversity Officer. Jen was ranked as an ‘up and coming' in Chambers and Partners 2021.

Clinical negligence

Jen has an active practice representing claimants in clinical negligence claims. Recent cases as sole counsel include claims involving cauda equina injury, delay in cancer diagnosis, injury during surgery and birth injury. She acts in complex cases where both liability and quantum are in dispute and has recent multi-track trial experience.

Jen acts as junior counsel to leaders in the field of high value clinical negligence litigation, in particular, wrongful birth cases.

She is highly adept at managing complex schedules of loss and taking a supportive approach in highly sensitive and distressing cases.

Background

Jen undertook pupillage at Cloisters, prior to which she ran employment and personal injury cases for an international law firm.

In 2011 Jen spent six months in Texas working as a Reprieve Intern for the Gulf Region Advocacy Center, representing clients facing the death penalty, where her work included drafting briefs for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeal and the US Supreme Court.

Jen is licensed to accept Public Access instructions.

REFERENCES

Chambers & Partners 2021:

Jennifer Danvers [h]as attracted attention for her ability in complex cases of discrimination, whistle-blowing, unfair dismissal and harassment. She represents claimants and respondents, including those in education and academia.

Strengths:

"She is absolutely superb. She is incredibly bright, has an amazing work ethic and takes on board even the tiniest details; she provides practical advice and innovative solutions."

"She is a great strategist, who is always commercial, personable and client-focused."

QUALIFICATIONS

Oxford University, BA, Law

Kaplan BPTC

HIGHLIGHT CASES

Heslop v Said Business School and others - represented the respondents in a complex 10-day whistleblowing and constructive dismissal case.

Leighton v VR Music Ltd (in liquidation) and anor - represented the claimant in sex, age, disability discrimination and victimisation claim following an instruction by her employer to wear her usual level of make-up at work.

• Acting for Emily Bendell in respect of her challenge against the Garrick Club's male only membership: (https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-britain-women-garrick-trfn/here-come-the-girls-uk-club-faces-lawsuit-over-ban-on-women-members-idUSKBN25Z2YM).

• Junior to Simon Taylor QC in a catastrophic injury clinical negligence case which settled for a lump sum and periodical payments equivalent to approximately £18m.

• Led by Ed Williams representing Adderley School in an Employment Tribunal claim related to the alleged Trojan Horse plot: (https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/jan/15/trojan-horse-tribunal-rejects-muslim-teachers-unfair-dismissal-claims).

Smania v Standard Chartered Bank [2015] IRLR 271 - the first appellate case to consider territorial jurisdiction in whistleblowing claims, led by Chris Milsom.

South Central Ambulance Service v Gunn [2015] IRLR 799 - instructed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission as junior to David Massarella in an appeal in front of Langstaff P, regarding the duty to make reasonable adjustments in the context of a TUPE transfer.
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