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Stefan Liberadzki

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Telephone 020 7831 0222
Email stefanl@42br.com

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Introduction

Stefan is an established civil practitioner whose work covers employment, personal injury, clinical neligence, social housing and landlord & tenant. He has a wide range of experience in advocacy at all levels, representing clients who range from individuals to multinational businesses. Stefan offers incisive, to-the-point advice and a thorough and measured approach to litigation.

Solicitors have described Stefan’s preparation and delivery at court as “excellent” and commented that he “is extremely personable and manages to put the client at ease.” Feedback from lay clients includes: “Within my twenty years of dealing with a variety of lawyers, very few have come across the way that Stefan presents himself and his client, putting their interests and welfare first”.

Stefan undertook pupillage at 42 Bedford Row and has been a tenant since 2014. Before coming to the Bar, he worked in the Property, Family & Trusts team at the Law Commission and as a visiting tutor in Property Law at King’s College London. Outside of work he plays the clarinet in a wind ensemble and enjoys cycling. He is also joint Co-ordinator and Election Agent for Hackney Green Party.

Employment

Stefan has a significant and growing specialism in employment law. He is regularly instructed on multi-day hearings involving complex discrimination, whistleblowing and constructive dismissal claims. As well as acting for claimants, his employer client base includes supermarket chains, transport authorities, pharmacies and manufacturers. He is able to understand the particular needs and challenges faced by clients in different sectors of the economy. 

His recent experience of acting for respondents includes:

  • A retailer facing claims of unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and victimisation. After a five-day hearing the Tribunal dismissed all claims, including a finding that the Claimant was not disabled.
  • Representing a food manufacturer at a five-day final hearing at which the Claimant relied on dozens of covertly recorded conversations. All claims, including allegations of whistleblowing detriments going back several years, were dismissed.
  • Successfully representing a supermarket against a store manager who had been dismissed for payroll fraud. The Tribunal found not only that the dismissal was fair, but also that the Claimant was in fact guilty of fraud and that he and his witnesses had lied under oath.

And in representing claimants:

  • A gym instructor who successfully established “employee” status, despite the fact that the contract described him as “self-employed” and he negotiated and received payments directly from gym users. At a later hearing he proved that he was a disabled person and subsequently secured a favourable settlement through judicial mediation. Click here to read more.
  • A hostess at a private members’ club who was dismissed after attempting to organise union representation in her workplace. The claim challenged the traditional “self-employed” status of workers in the adult entertainment industry. Stefan successfully sought an anonymity order to protect the Claimant and defeated an attempt by the Respondent to strike out the claim. The case was subsequently settled.
  • A cabin steward whose claim for unfair dismissal had been dismissed but then remitted for re-hearing following an appeal to the EAT. Stefan acted pro bono at the re-hearing, where the claim succeeded on the ground that the Claimant’s alleged intention (which was never carried out) to breach a contractual policy did not amount to misconduct at all.

News & events

Stefan Liberadzki represents Employment Tribunal claimant who successfully establishes “employee” status for claim under the Equality Act

In EP v The Gym Ltd, the Claimant (referred to here as ‘EP’) was engaged by a nationwide chain of low-cost 24-hour gyms as a “freelance personal trainer”. His claim for disability discrimination arises from the Respondent’s termination of his contract on the grounds of absence from work, which he says was caused by a medical condition amounting to a disability.

4th January 2018 Read more

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Stefan regularly acts for claimants and defendants in fast track and multi-track cases. He offers straightforward practical advice on litigation strategy and settlement options, and robust representation when matters reach trial.

His extensive experience in personal injury claims includes:

  • Road traffic accidents involving low-velocity impacts, multi-vehicle collisions and allegations of fraud or fundamental dishonesty;
  • Claims against employers;
  • Claims against occupiers including sports clubs, cruise lines, local authorities and householders. 

In clinical negligence he has:

  • Represented a successful claimant at the trial of his claim for failure to properly treat a forearm fracture. The Court rejected the Defendant’s orthopaedic expert’s evidence and awarded the Claimant over £40,000.
  • Advised and drafted pleadings in a high value claim for negligent treatment of an aneurysm in the Claimant’s leg, which led to above-knee amputation. The claim is ongoing.
  • Advised and drafted pleadings in a Fatal Accidents Act claim for failure to diagnose recurrent breast cancer. The claim was settled after proceedings were issued.

Housing

Stefan has particular experience of acting for social landlords and previously undertook a part-time secondment to a London local authority. He also takes instructions from legally aided clients.

 His areas of practice include:

  • Possession claims based on rent arrears, anti-social behaviour, unauthorised occupation or subletting and procurement of tenancies by fraud;
  • Injunctions under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, and subsequent enforcement/committal proceedings;
  • Disrepair claims;
  • Homelessness appeals;
  • Cases raising issues under the Equality Act, human rights and public law.

Stefan acted for a local authority in a s.204 homelessness appeal where the Court held that the appellant’s 19 and 21 year-old son and daughter could not, as a matter of law, be treated as ‘dependent children’ when assessing ‘priority need’. See further here.

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Property

Stefan’s property practice has a particular focus on landlord & tenant matters, both residential and commercial. He advises and represents clients in cases ranging from straightforward possession claims to complex issues of disrepair and relief from forfeiture.

Education and Awards

  • Bar Professional Training Course – Kaplan Law School – Very Competent (2013)
  • Queen Mother Scholarship – Middle Temple (2011)
  • BA in Law – University of Cambridge (2010)
  • Senior Harris Scholarship – Downing College, Cambridge (2010)

News & events

News & events

Stefan Liberadzki represents Employment Tribunal claimant who successfully establishes “employee” status for claim under the Equality Act

In EP v The Gym Ltd, the Claimant (referred to here as ‘EP’) was engaged by a nationwide chain of low-cost 24-hour gyms as a “freelance personal trainer”. His claim for disability discrimination arises from the Respondent’s termination of his contract on the grounds of absence from work, which he says was caused by a medical condition amounting to a disability.

4th January 2018 Read more