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News & Events: Employment & Discrimination

News 19th June 2024

Sam Hadgraft joins Pump Court’s Civil Clerking Team

We are delighted to announce that Sam Hadgraft has joined chambers as Third Junior Civil Clerk. Sam is a highly efficient clerk, adept at navigating fast paced and challenging environments. He is eager to learn and demonstrates a strong aptitude for applying new knowledge with skill and precision. His responsibilities encompass the fair allocation of […]

News 10th June 2024

Secretary of State for Business and Trade v Mercer [2024] UKSC 12

Louisa Simpson’s Feature Article for the Solicitors Journal – “Supreme Court rules UK law on industrial action is incompatible with workers’ human rights” – a deep-dive into the recent SC ruling in Secretary of State for Business and Trade v Mercer [2024] UKSC 12, and the wider implications of the judgment. To read, click here: […]

News, Blog 3rd June 2024

COVID-19, service-providers, and reasonable adjustments

Introduction The question for this post is whether (and, if so, to what extent) the Equality Act 2010 imposes obligations on service-providers (and, in particular, hospitals and healthcare providers) to provide adjustments for disabled persons in light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, this post considers whether such service-providers may be obliged to upgrade […]

News 24th May 2024

Anderson v CAE Crewing Services Ltd (DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION) [2024] EAT 78 (22 May 2024)

Heather Platt represented the Respondent Cabin Crewing business in this case which deals with agency pursuant to section 109 Equality Act 2010. The EAT held that an employment tribunal undertook an incorrect analysis when considering whether medical examiners who undertook ‘fitness to fly’ assessments acted as agents of a company that supplies cabin crew to […]

25th Jun 2024, 13:00 to 17:00
Domestic Abuse during COVID-19

Annual Southampton Employment Law Seminar 2024

Pump Court Chambers specialist Employment team is delighted to invite you to their Annual Southampton Employment Law Seminar on Tuesday 25th June 2024 from 1.00pm – 5.00pm, at the Southampton Harbour Hotel, 5 Maritime Walk, Ocean Village, Southampton SO14 3QT. Members of our Employment Law team will cover the following topics: “The Times They Are […]

News 17th May 2024

Tim Dracass successfully defends Respondent at the Employment Appeal Tribunal

Tim, instructed by Starford HR & Legal Services, successfully represented MB Architects Ltd at the EAT against claims of automatic unfair dismissal, brought by the Claimant who had been made redundant during the pandemic in March 2020. The Claimant said that he had made a protected disclosure (whistleblowing complaint) and that was the reason for […]

News 9th April 2024

Carol Cheng joins Chambers

We are very pleased that Carol Cheng has accepted an offer of tenancy following the successful completion of her third six pupillage. Carol is a member of the Civil Team and accepts instructions in all areas, including the following: General commercial disputes Breach of Contract Company Claims under the Consumer Credit Act 1974/PPI Credit Hire […]

News 22nd March 2024
Domestic Abuse during COVID-19

Tim Broom joins Pump Court as Second Junior Civil Clerk

We are delighted to welcome Tim Broom, who joins our civil clerking team. As the Second Junior Civil Clerk, Tim plays a pivotal role in the smooth operation of chambers and is responsible for diary and practice management across all civil areas, with a special emphasis on the regulatory team. His duties include the fair […]

News 29th January 2024

Fergus McCombie joins Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is delighted that Fergus McCombie has joined as a tenant, effective immediately. Fergus specialises in employment law and commercial litigation, with additional expertise in cyber, technology and data cases. His practice spans the full range of employment matters, from statutory tribunal claims for dismissal, detriment or discrimination, through to High Court business […]

News, Podcasts 18th December 2023

Personal Injury and Injury to Feelings in the Employment Tribunal

This Episode, Louisa Simpson speaks with Pump Court’s Emma Sole about all things Personal Injury in the Employment Tribunal. Topics include in what circumstances one might consider seeking damages for PI in the ET (and not the civil courts), the cross-over with Injury to Feelings awards, medical evidence, directions and case management. Whilst this podcast […]

News 13th December 2023
Domestic Abuse during COVID-19

James Wackett joins Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is very pleased to announce that James Wackett has joined chambers as Senior Civil Clerk. James will lead the Civil Clerking team and will ultimately be responsible for the strategic planning, development and growth of all civil practices across chambers. James has gained over 20 years’ experience in the legal industry, working […]

News, Blog 6th December 2023
Domestic Abuse during COVID-19

Does the on-going COVID pandemic raise issues under the Equality Act 2010?

NOTHING IN THIS ARTICLE IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE. All cases turn on their facts, and none of the below commentary is a substitute for formal legal advice. This post is concerned with the obligations which potentially fall on employers, schools, hospitals, universities, etc. insofar as they relate to the on-going pandemic. Note that […]


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