Are adequacy of reasons (‘Meek’) appeals more likely to succeed today than they used to be? Niazi Fetto KC considers the latest trends in the caselaw and gives practical guidance on making and defending adequacy of reasons challenges.
Niazi acts for and advises claimants and respondents in all areas of employment law, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, harassment, redundancy, ill-health retirement, flexible working, transfer of undertakings and human rights issues. He is particularly sought after in the discrimination and human rights field. He is frequently instructed in cases concerning disability, health and safety at work, stress, bullying and harassment, to which he brings valuable experience and expertise from his corresponding specialism in employment-related personal injury and industrial disease litigation. Described in the 2023 directories as ‘A great advocate’ and ‘outstanding’ with ‘a tireless work ethic [and] a fierce intelligence’, Niazi took silk in 2023 and has a thriving appellate practice. His current cases include a challenge to the exclusion of the Employment Tribunal’s jurisdiction in armed forces disability discrimination cases, a landmark appeal on the scope of vicarious liability under s.109 Equality Act 2010 (H v MOD), and a religious discrimination appeal by a school chaplain disciplined for views expressed in his sermons (Randall v Trent College).