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Max has a busy civil practice with a focus on employment law, contractual dispute, and property. He appears before Employment Tribunals, the EAT, County Courts, the Companies Court, the First Tier Tribunal, and in the High Court as sole counsel.

He is described by clients as being "truly exceptional at what he does. He aims to obtain the best possible outcome for his client."

Max’s practice benefits from representing both Claimants and Respondents in multi-day discrimination matters in the Employment Tribunal and landlords and tenants in residential and commercial property disputes allowing him to see issues from all angles.

Employment Law

Max regularly appears in multi-day tribunals representing Claimants and Respondents in claims concerning all manner of discrimination, unfair dismissal, and unpaid wages. Due to the current climate, many of the disputes Max has recently been instructed on involve redundancy.

Max is happy to be involved in the early stages of proceedings to provide advice and draft pleadings. He has acted in matters in the Employment Tribunal and the EAT. He is also experienced in negotiating settlements and assisting in judicial mediation.

Notable Cases

Kownacka v Textbook Teachers Limited: representing a Claimant in claims of harassment relating to cancer. The findings of the Tribunal included comments made about early menopause and are important findings for potential menopause claims as an emerging issue. The matter attracted national media attention.

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Gobbato v Intelligent Business Transfer Ltd: representing a Claimant for unfair dismissal. The Respondent argued that the Claimant’s resignation was without prejudice and/or a protected conversation and could not be considered by the Tribunal. Max successfully argued to the contrary and the Claimant was held to be unfairly dismissed.

Judgment

Thorpe v Sainsbury’s Supermarket’s Ltd: Representing the Respondent, Max successfully argued the claims were brought out of time and that it had been reasonably practicable to bring the claims earlier and it was not just and equitable to extend time.

Webinars

Max is available to present seminars, either in house or hosting by 42BR Barristers. 

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Direct Access

Max is authorised to accept instructions direct from members of the public. He encourages clients who are considering this route to contact Chambers and discuss their problem.

In suitable cases, he can provide client conferences, written advices and representation at court. He accepts public access work across Chambers’ areas of expertise.

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Areas of Expertise

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Education

  • Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding, first in year), Nottingham Law School
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation), Nottingham Law School
  • BA in History (1st Class Honours), The University of Nottingham

Awards & Scholarships

  • Nottingham Law School Taylor Prize for the best overall BPTC student
  • Nottingham Law School Dean’s Professional Course Scholarship
  • Honourable Society of the Inner Temple Exhibition Award

Other Information

Prior to being called to the Bar, Max was a professional event rider and was selected for the Olympic Equine Pathway Squad. He continues to compete at an international standard as a hobby.

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