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Jennifer specialises in Employment, Immigration and Human Rights Law.
Jennifer is an experienced advocate and appears regularly in the Employment Tribunal for a broad range of clients including both claimants and respondents in the public and private sectors. She has also appeared in the EAT. Recent cases include Trayhorn v Secretary of State for Justice, in which Jennifer successfully defended the respondent against claims of religious discrimination and unfair dismissal brought by a former employee of HMP Littlehey relating to his participation at a prison chapel service
Jennifer gained a distinction in the LLM in Labour Law at King’s College London in the academic year 2011/2012. She was awarded the Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for the Best Labour Law Student.
Jennifer has wide experience of a range of immigration-related matters including asylum and human rights claims, deportation cases and unlawful detention claims. She appears regularly in judicial review proceedings at the Upper Tribunal (IAC) and the Administrative Court.
Jennifer is also a successful children’s author. Her work is published by Faber and Faber and Quercus. She has been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and in 2014 was the winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award (Younger Readers Category).
Jennifer has expertise in the following fields of employment law:
- employment status
- atypical work
- changes to employment terms and conditions
- maternity and paternity regulations
- shared parental leave
- fixed term contracts
- all aspects of discrimination law including pregnancy and maternity discrimination, disability discrimination, race discrimination and religious discrimination
- unfair dismissal
- wrongful dismissal
- wage claims
- holiday pay
She also has a particular interest in collective labour law.
As well as substantive hearings, Jennifer regularly attends case management discussions and preliminary hearings and prefers to be involved in a case throughout. She has experience of dealing with a wide range of procedural issues, including jurisdictional issues, specific disclosure, identifying the issues to be determined, amendment of pleadings, applications to strike out, and applications for unless orders, deposit orders and costs.
Examples of recent cases include:
Trayhorn v S of S for Justice
Acting for the respondent prison (HMP Littlehey) in a claim by a former employee for direct and indirect religious discrimination, harassment and constructive unfair dismissal relating to the Claimant’s participation in a prison chapel service. The Claimant’s claims were dismissed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-35804440
- Devine v Local Government Boundary Commission for England
Acting for the respondent in a lengthy claim for failure to make reasonable adjustments by a litigant in person. The Claimant’s claims were dismissed.
- Akintunde v S of S for Justice
Acting for the respondent prison (HMP Pentonville) in a claim for direct race discrimination and unfair dismissal for gross misconduct in failing to carry out an order. The Claimant’s claims were dismissed.
- O’Callaghan v St Francis Catholic Primary School
Acting for the respondent school in a claim by a former deputy head teacher for ‘last straw’ unfair constructive dismissal and whistleblowing. The claimant subsequently withdrew her whistleblowing claim and the unfair constructive dismissal claim was dismissed.
Velupillai v Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Acting for the respondent health authority against claims for unfair dismissal, breach of contract and notice pay brought by a nurse who had been dismissed for gross misconduct following an incident at a care home. The claimant’s claims were dismissed.
- Assan v De La Salle School
Acting for a respondent school in a complex claim for race discrimination and ‘last straw’ unfair constructive dismissal brought by a former teacher at the school. The claimant’s claims were dismissed.
- Jackson v Croydon NHS Trust
Acting for a claimant in a rule 3(10) hearing in the EAT. The claimant was given leave to proceed to a full appeal against a costs award made against her by the Employment Tribunal. The appeal was subsequently allowed by consent and the costs ruling set aside.
- Brind v OR Media
Acting for a claimant against a television production company in a claim for breach of maternity regulations, maternity discrimination, harassment, breach of contract and unfair dismissal when the claimant was prevented from returning to her former role after taking maternity leave. The claimant succeeded in her claim and was awarded almost £50,000 in compensation, including an injury to feelings award of £17,000.