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Introduction

Rebecca was called to the Bar in 1999 and is a specialist in employment law. She is a member of the Employment Law Bar Association and the Employment Lawyers Association. She has extensive experience of all areas of employment work including unfair dismissal, discrimination, trade union law, whistleblowing and TUPE. As a member of the Equal Opportunities approved panel of Barrister’s Rebecca developed a particular interest in discrimination law and is experienced at dealing with complex aspects of discrimination law such as indirect discrimination, maternity and equal pay. She regularly represents Claimants and Respondents both in Tribunal and at appellate level. Rebecca is often instructed in complex, high value and lengthy cases. Rebecca is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution. She frequently advises and represents parties in judicial mediations. In addition to representing individuals and small firms her regular clients include national companies, public sector organisations and a number of local authorities. Rebecca has particular experience in acting for the transport sector and representing employers with highly unionized workforces. In addition to her advocacy and advisory work Rebecca also provides in house training and seminars on a range of employment matters. Her ‘Witness Workshop’ designed to provide employees with an introduction to the Tribunal process is particularly popular. As well as being a skilled advocate Rebecca is also known for her excellent client care skills.

Selected Cases

  • Spread v. London Fire Commissioner: 3305435/18; 3315931/19;3307410/20

    Successfully defended the Respondent in a complex case involving over 100 allegations of direct sex discrimination, harassment and violation

    Judgment available here.

  • Itulu v. London Fire Commissioner UKEAT/0298/18/BA  

    Successfully resisted an appeal against a Tribunal’s order striking out the Claimant’s disability discrimination claim.  Went on to successfully defend the remaining multiple claims at a 20 day trial in September 2020.

    Judgment available here.

  • Barnatt v. Network Rail 2600563/2019  

    Represented the Respondent in a whistleblowing claim brought by a senior employee.

    Judgment available here.

  • Jarosinski v. Nestle UK Ltd 2601914/2020 2600301/2021  

    Represented the Respondent against multiple allegations of discrimination and unfair dismissal.  

     Jugdment available here.

  • Folarin v. TFL 3200703/2020

    Represented the Respondent in claim brought by a Trustee of the Respondent’s pension scheme.

  • McEwen v. London Underground Ltd  3327815/2019(V)

    Represented the Respondent in a claim where the Claimant had been dismissed for the offensive content of his social media posts

  • Gary Carney v. London Underground Ltd 3204903/2021  

    Represented the Respondent in a high profile claim where the Claimant was dismissed for failing to undertake an unannounced drug and alcohol test.  The Claimant’s allegation that he was subjected to a detriment for his Trade Union activities was rejected.

    Judgment available here.

  • Dr  R A Hackley v. Queen Mary University of London  

    Successfully represented the Respondent in a claim where a university alleged that her failure to obtain promotion was race discrimination.

    Jugdment available here.
  • Wieclawski v. London Underground UKEAT/0074/17/LA

    Successfully defended appeal against Tribunal findings on disability and reasonable adjustments.

  • CD v. (1) XC Trains (2) ASLEF and ors [2016] IRLR 745

    Successfully appealed Tribunal’s finding that employer had indirectly discriminated against female train driver.

  • Rule v. University of the Arts UKEAT/0245/10/CEA

    Successfully represented Claimant in Tribunal and in the EAT (with costs) in a case of disability and sexual orientation discrimination. The tribunal award was the highest compensation awarded in a mixed jurisdiction case that year

  • Kelly-Madden v. Manor Surgery [2007] IRLR 17 leading case on the interpretation of s98A ERA 96

Other information

In addition to her court and advisory work Rebecca regularly provides training and lectures on legal developments and practice and procedure.

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Areas of Expertise

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Professional Memberships

  • ELBA
  • ELA

Education

  • MA (Cantab)
  • Inner Temple Bursary

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