Daphne Romney QC acts for former police Head of Legal in sex and disability discrimination case


Daphne Romney QC is acting for the former Head of Legal Services at Northumbria Police force in a high profile unfair dismissal case Denise Aubrey v Northumbria Police.

The claimant, Denise Aubrey, was sacked for gross misconduct from the force she had worked at for 20 years following allegations that she had leaked information about an affair between two senior police officers, former Chief Constable Mike Craik and his former assistant Chief Constable Carolyn Peacock.

Ms Aubrey denies the allegations and is claiming “unfair dismissal following a protected disclosure, sex discrimination, disability discrimination, victimisation and harassment”

The Employment Tribunal in North Shields, North Tyneside also heard that an altercation happened between Mrs Peacock’s husband and Mr Craik at a family barbeque, but that an incident log about this was deleted and officers were told not to look for it.

Ms Aubrey told the tribunal that since the allegations against her began she was subjected to bullying in her workplace which made her physically afraid and severely unwell.

The case continues.

For press coverage go to:

The Daily Telegraph: Northumbria Police legal boss told she was employed as a ‘token woman’, tribunal hears 

The Guardian: Northumbria police force ‘ruined my life’, tribunal told

the Dail Mail: Police lawyer ‘who was called sex on legs by her bosses was sacked after gossiping about love triangle punch-up at a barbecue between two married senior officers’