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Cloisters success at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2018

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Cloisters is delighted to announce its success at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2018:  Cloisters is the Employment Set of the Year William Latimer-Sayer QC is Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year Tom Brown nominated for Employment Junior of the Year

Senior civil servant wins employment case against the Commonwealth Secretariat

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Specialist employment and discrimination silk Tom Coghlin QC successfully represented a senior international civil servant, who was forced to resign his position with the Commonwealth Secretariat after he was blamed for leaking stories to the press, following a specially convened employment tribunal in London. Mr Ram Venuprasad resig...
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Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood [2018] UKSC – what are the implications of the Supreme Court’s judgment?

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Nathaniel Caiden considers today’s Supreme Court judgment in Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood [2018] UKSC  in which Caspar Glyn QC and Tom Brown successfully represented Mrs Haywood. Today’s Supreme Court judgment has identified a standardised implied term when giving written notice of dismissal (i.e., a term implie...
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Three Recorder appointments for Cloisters

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We are delighted to announce that three Cloisters barristers have today been appointed as Recorders of the Crown Court. Caspar Glyn QC , Tom Brown and Sarah Fraser-Butlin have all been appointed to sit in the Crown Court with effect from 4 April 2018. Caspar and Sarah will sit on the South Eastern circuit, Tom will sit on the Western Circuit. The Q...
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Constructive knowledge of disability: Donelien v Liberata UK Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 129

In this blog Nathaniel Caiden considers yesterday’s judgment by the Court of Appeal that concerned constructive knowledge of disability - Donelien v Liberata UK Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 129 (in which Tom Brown appeared throughout for the successful party). HR professionals, employers, lawyers and courts all have to deal with the sometimes fraught questi...
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Tom Brown acts for successful trade union in £1m collective consultation claim

An Industrial Tribunal in Belfast has upheld a £1m claim that Ulster University failed to consult about collective redundancies, following a two-week trial. The Tribunal accepted Tom’s submissions that there had been a serious failure to consult, and that management had actively misled union officials by not revealing how advanced the proposals to ...
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Tom Brown succeeds at persuading Court of Appeal to uphold novel High Court judgment for pension loss

Tom Brown succeeds at persuading Court of Appeal to uphold novel High Court judgment for pension loss
Tom Brown , of Cloisters, instructed by Irwin Mitchell, has persuaded the Court of Appeal to uphold a £250,000 judgment for pension loss which he secured in 2014, following the wrongful dismissal of his client, a senior NHS employee. This legally novel case concerned when, at common law, notice takes effect (previous cases have considered when term...
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Team Cloisters raises £4890 (plus gift aid) in London legal charity walk

Team Cloisters raises £4890 (plus gift aid) in London legal charity walk
Patricia Hitchcock QC , Tamar Burton , Chesca Lord ,  Tom Brown ,  Jen Danvers , Sally Robertson  and  Rachel Barrett  joined the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers to raise funds for the London Legal Support Trust, the Free Representation Unit and the Bar Pro Bono Unit. Team Cloisters raised £4890 plus gift aid in...
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Caspar Glyn QC and Tom Brown succeed in appeal for University College Union: collective consultation duty applies to fixed-term employees

Caspar Glyn QC and Tom Brown succeed in appeal for University College Union: collective consultation duty applies to fixed-term employees
University and College Union v University of Stirling When are proposed dismissals for reasons not related to the individuals concerned? This is the question that employers, trade unions and Employment Tribunals must address when considering whether an employer is obliged to consult about collective redundancies, because it is only when a dismissal...
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Applying EU Anti-Discrimination Law

Applying EU Anti-Discrimination Law
Cloisters barrister Tom Brown is one of the speakers at the prestigious ‘Applying EU Anti-Discrimination Law’ seminar being held  on 20- 21 April 2015 at the ERA Conference Centre, Trier, Germany. The seminar organised by the ERA on behalf of the European Commission is aimed at legal practitioners from EU member states...
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Supreme Court to consider scope of 'collective redundancies'

Supreme Court to consider scope of 'collective redundancies'
Cloisters' barristers, Caspar Glyn QC and Tom Brown , are acting for the University and College Union in an appeal to be heard by the Supreme Court on Wednesday 21 January 2015. Brian Napier QC , also of Cloisters, appears for the Respondent. The case - University and College Union v University of Stirling (Case ID: UKSC 2014/0067) - will consider ...
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