Our employment barristers have a long established and excellent reputation for dealing with psychological trauma claims relating to workplace psychiatric injury, including bullying, harassment, stress and sexual misconduct.
Much of our work in this area sits at the interface between employment law and personal injury law, involving both Employment Tribunal and County Court proceedings. We are able to deal with these dual claims equally effective due to our high level of expertise in the two areas.
We are experienced in acting on matters alleging occupational stress, overwork, bullying, statutory harassment and issues of health and safety at work at any stage on behalf of both claimants and respondents. In this regard we represent all types of employers, as well as individual employees and collective employees on matters relating to the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. Our barristers are at the forefront of workplace issues arising out of COVID-19 and stress related claims emanating from extraordinary work situations and the subsequent impact on employer liability risks.
We are also frequently asked to advice in relation to allegations of sexual harassment at work. The profile afforded to worldwide social media campaigns such as #Metoo has made this a particular growth area. The prevalence of highly publicised claims in the press has led to a significant increase in employees and job applicants raising complaints and taking legal action under the Equality Act 2010. Also, in relation to equality, a number of us have developed a niche specialism in the emerging field of discrimination in the provision of services.
We have delivered seminars and written extensively on the topic of managing the crossover between employment law and personal injury law. Our employment group head, Rehana Azib KC, co-authored the book “Litigating Psychiatric Injury Claims” (Bloomsbury Professional 2012; 2021) which provides direction for employment law and personal injury practitioners in relation to occupational and institutional stress, statutory harassment and disability discrimination issues.