Jennifer Danvers

Year of Call: 2012

PRACTICE AREAS

Clinical Negligence | Discrimination & Equality | Employment | Personal Injury | Regulatory

Highlights

Jen Danvers has experience of advising and litigating in all of Cloisters’ areas of practice and has appeared in the High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal, Employment Tribunal, County Court and in front of Regulatory Panels.

Overview

EMPLOYMENT
Jen represents both Claimants and Respondents in the Employment Tribunal and acts as sole counsel in a wide range of matters including complex discrimination matters dealing with disability, age, sex, maternity and pregnancy discrimination. She has particular expertise in and experiene of employment disputes in the HE sector. She acted as junior in the reported cases of Smania v Standard Chartered Bank [2015] ICR 436 (territorial jurisdiction in whistleblowing claims) and in NHS Direct NHS Trust v Gunn [2015] IRLR 799 (reasonable adjustments in the context of a TUPE transfer). In December 2015 she acted as junior on behalf of Adderley School, a school named in relation to the “Trojan Horse” plot; the case was widely reported. Jen was also led by Giles Powell, Old Square Chambers, in a complex discrimination remedy hearing. In 2017/2018 Jen was seconded to the University of Oxford as their Senior Employment Lawyer.

PERSONAL INJURY AND CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE
Jen is adept at drafting pleadings and advices on quantum and liability in complex clinical negligence matters. In 2015 she represented the family of a man who died in a workplace accident at a jury inquest. She acts as sole counsel in clinical negligence matters and has been a junior in a number of high value catastrophic injury cases including a matter which settled for a lump sum and periodical payments equivalent to approximately £18m.

REGULATORY
Jen is head of the Regulatory Group and has been instructed both as sole counsel and junior counsel in a number of regulatory matters, including as sole counsel representing a Registrant in a 5-day NMC hearing in which the disputed facts were found not to be proved. She acted for the Claimant in the High Court in Camurat v Thurrock County Council [2014] EWHC 2482, QB (the first case to consider whether an employer owes a duty of care to ex-employees when making safeguarding disclosures to the police), led by Ed Williams. Jen has appeared in National College for Teaching and Leadership and Nursing and Midwifery Council Proceedings.

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.

Appointments and memberships

Free Representation Unit (FRU)

Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA)

Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)

Personal Injuries Bar Association (PIBA)

Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)

Industrial Law Society (ILS)

Bar Pro Bono Unit

Qualifications

Oxford University, BA, Law

Kaplan BPTC

Highlight cases

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

• Camurat v Thurrock Borough Council [2014] EWHC 2482 (QB) - concerning the duty of care owed by the ex-employer of a teacher when it made safeguarding disclosures, led by Ed Williams

• 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

• Maxwell v Metropolitan Police - represented Mr Maxwell at his remedy hearing, led by Giles Powell, Old Square Chambers