Employment

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Clients instruct Fountain Court members for employment work in high-profile and challenging cases, requiring an in-depth understanding of business practices as well as the relevant laws and regulations.

Members who specialise in this area often act on behalf of large public, business and corporate clients but also managerial, senior executive and director-level individuals.

Our advocates appear in all relevant forums, including the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the High Court. We also have extensive experience in the appellate courts including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Instruction in High Court matters often involve strike action, industrial relations, restrictive covenants, fiduciary duties and confidentiality injunctions. We have the flexibility and experience to work quickly and often at short notice, including in bringing and defending ‘springboard injunctions’. Our work includes obtaining injunctions to prevent strikes, and in extensively publicised disputes involving businesses spanning the transport, media, retail and public sectors.

Our employment work goes beyond contentious matters and our members regularly provide advisory services such as on individual employment contracts involving large classes of employees and collective labour law, employment tax and the National Minimum Wage.

We have dealt with many business reorganisations, including those involving TUPE and large-scale redundancies. We are also skilled at obtaining injunctions to enforce post-termination contractual restrictions and confidentiality obligations.

Fountain Court is also regularly instructed to give advice and act in claims concerning statutory rights and particularly proceedings for public interest disclosure (including whistle-blowing-related matters), unfair dismissal and discrimination. Members regularly advise on confidential and sensitive matters including those involving allegations of inappropriate conduct, harassment and victimisation.

Our work includes cases relating to:

  • Contract disputes
  • Industrial action
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Team moves
  • Whistle-blowing
  • Discrimination and victimisation
  • Workplace harassment
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Tax and benefits
  • Regulatory disputes

  • Various senior executives v Tesco: Acting for Tesco in claims brought by senior executives arising out of the termination of their employment, following the high-profile 2014 misstatement of Tesco's accounts.
  • Giovanni Monaco & Monaco Group v Pourzand & Another: Acting in litigation raising issues regarding unlawful solicitation of employees, clients and misuse of information as well as ongoing breaches of fiduciary duty.
  • Greene King v HMRC: Advising in an appeal against a National Minimum Wage assessment in relation to the provision of flats by Greene King to its pub managers, regarding whether the accommodation is "living accommodation" for the purpose of the relevant regulations.
  • Various industrial relations and industrial actions: Handling these actions for numerous clients, including Network Rail, British Airways, Transport for London, Southern Trains, SWT, Ryanair, AstraZeneca, Morrisons supermarkets, Indesit, Telefonica O2, Govia, Financial Times, easyJet and DHL.
  • Fox (& Others) v SRT: Acting in a collective dispute involving claims by 40 aircraft engineers against their employers for alleged shortfalls in pay and holiday entitlements, over a 20-year period.
  • Weiss v SJJ System Services Limited: Advising and representing a business and individual director who were the subject of a 'springboard' injunction, concerning alleged copyright and confidential commercial information.
  • Queensgate v Millet: Acting in overlapping High Court and employment tribunal proceedings regarding whistleblowing dismissal, detriment and discrimination, harassment and confidential information.
  • Bindley v Bunker: Advising on combined employment law, share agreement and professional negligence issues, arising out of a private equity acquisition of a business, including in relation to the interpretation of widely used articles of association regarding ‘good leaver’ and ‘bad leaver’ provisions.
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Employment Barristers

Paul Gott QC

Paul Gott QC

Call 1991 | Silk 2012

Richard Coleman QC

Richard Coleman QC

Call 1994 | Silk 2012

Stuart Ritchie QC

Stuart Ritchie QC

Call 1995 | Silk 2012

Adam Tolley QC

Adam Tolley QC

Call 1994 | Silk 2014

Deepak Nambisan

Call 1998

Paul Casey

Call 2002

Richard Power

Call 2007

Daniel Schwennicke

Daniel Schwennicke

Call 2020

Philip Brook Smith QC

Philip Brook Smith QC

Call 1982 | Silk 2002

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