Pump Court Chambers

Louisa Simpson

Call: 2017

  • University of Nottingham – Bachelor of Laws, LLB – 2:1
  • Nottingham Law School – Master of Laws, LLM – Distinction
  • Nottingham Law School – Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) – Very Competent
  • Middle Temple Young Barristers’ Association (MTYBA) Pupillage Officer
  • Middle Temple LGBTQ+ Forum Committee Member
  • ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)
  • ELBA (Employment Law Bar Association)

When not in court, Louisa likes to be cooking, dancing or halfway around the world – sometimes all three at once. She is also a keen runner.

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Louisa is undertaking her Third Six in the Civil Team, having completed her pupillage training under Suzanne McKie KC. During pupillage, Louisa specialised in employment law – specifically in cases involving discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing and equal pay. Louisa has worked on both contentious and non-contentious cases, crossing both the High Court and Employment Tribunals. She has also worked on personal injury claims where this arises from the employment relationship, and continues to represent clients in the ET pro bono with the Free Representation Unit (FRU).

Prior to pupillage, Louisa managed clinical negligence claims against the NHS, and prior to that represented a healthcare regulatory body in claims against registrants in their tribunal. She has also worked as a County Court Advocate, representing clients in a range of civil matters, including interlocutory applications and small claims trials, stage three disposal hearings, infant settlements, housing, possession and credit hire matters.

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Louisa has a keen interest and experience in the Employment Tribunals, and has represented clients in preliminary and full merits hearings in a range of areas including discrimination. She has particular experience in this area, having been under the supervision of Suzanne McKie KC during her pupillage prior to joining Chambers.

Most recently, Louisa has represented Respondents in an automatic unfair dismissal claim relating to a refusal to return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic for reasons of health and safety (successful); and a five day disability discrimination and ‘sham’ redundancy claim (judgment awaited).

Louisa is regularly instructed to provide advice on merit, quantum and tactics, and to draft grievance and appeal documents, pleadings, schedules of loss and without prejudice correspondence seeking to resolve matters without recourse to litigation.

 

Notable cases:

Mr James Dunbar -v- Abellio London Ltd 2307750/2020: The Claimant claimed he was automatically unfairly dismissed per s.100(1)(d) and (e) Employment Rights Act 1996, on the basis that the reason for his dismissal was due to not returning to the workplace following a period of “furlough”, due to concerns about contracting coronavirus. Louisa successfully persuaded the Tribunal that: as a matter of law, s.100(1)(e) ERA does not apply to a claim which relates to refusal to return to the workplace; and that whilst there were “circumstances of danger”, he could have “reasonably averted” that danger, by following government guidance at the time of socially distancing, wearing masks and washing hands – therefore the “danger” did not persist, when he refused to return. It was held that the fact the Claimant did not feel these would have been sufficient cannot be the responsibility of the Respondent. The reason for dismissal was therefore not refusing to return to work while a danger persisted (as it could have been averted), but unauthorised absence. As such Louisa was successful in having the claim dismissed.

Louisa accepts instructions in all areas of civil law. She has particular interest in personal injury claims and has experience in claims arising from road traffic accidents, including those involving credit hire issues. Louisa has also appeared in possession claims and bankruptcy proceedings.

Louisa is experienced in drafting written advice and pleadings in all areas of civil law.

  • University of Nottingham – Bachelor of Laws, LLB – 2:1
  • Nottingham Law School – Master of Laws, LLM – Distinction
  • Nottingham Law School – Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) – Very Competent
  • Middle Temple Young Barristers’ Association (MTYBA) Pupillage Officer
  • Middle Temple LGBTQ+ Forum Committee Member
  • ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)
  • ELBA (Employment Law Bar Association)

When not in court, Louisa likes to be cooking, dancing or halfway around the world – sometimes all three at once. She is also a keen runner.

Instructing Louisa Simpson

Would you like to know more?

If you require help or advice please contact our clerking team.

Call +44 (0)20 7353 0711 or email clerks@pumpcourtchambers.com.

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