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Jeremy Lewis



Jeremy’s principal areas of practice are employment law and commercial litigation, and he is also recommended by Legal 500 for Sports Law. Chambers and Partners 2015 comment that:


"Considered a straight-talking barrister, he is noted for his work in diverse areas such as whistle-blowing, restrictive covenants and injunctions.
He is able to handle complex matters and offers superb case analysis. He's the sort of barrister you immediately pay attention to as soon as he starts speaking."

Legal 500, 2015 comment that:

"He combines a first-rate legal brain with relentless dedication to assisting clients in obtaining the best outcomes”

He is the General Editor of the leading work on Transfer of Undertakings (Sweet & Maxwell, looseleaf), the co-author of the leading work on Whistleblowing (OUP, 2012) and contributor to or co-author of other leading works in employment law including on Employment Covenants and Confidential Information and Termination of Employment.

He sits as a part time Employment Judge (based in Bedford) and is also an ADR accredited mediator.



Jeremy is recommended as a leader in the field of employment law by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. He is a part time employment judge, and author of a number of leading employment law works. He is General Editor of Transfer of Undertakings (Sweet & Maxwell, looseleaf), co-author (with John Bowers QC, Martin Fodder and Jack Mitchell) of Whistleblowing, Law and Practice (OUP, 2012) and is a contributor to Brearley and Bloch, Employment covenants and confidential information

Jeremy’s practice covers all forms of employment law in the civil courts, EATand employment tribunal, and also before the CAC. He has acted in a number of the landmark cases in the field, including Celtec and others v Astley (transfer of undertakings, in the House of Lords and European Court of Justice), Kuzel v Roche Products Limited (whistleblowing, Court of Appeal), Matthews and others v Kent and Medway Town Fire Authority (part-time workers, House of Lords), Sodexo Limited v Gutridge and others (equal pay, TUPE, Court of Appeal), Arnold v Sandwell MBC (equal pay, grievances, Court of Appeal), R v CAC ex parte Kwik Fit (GB) Limited and R v CAC ex parte BBC (union recognition, Court of Appeal/ High Ct), Dunnachie v Kingston upon Hull CC (unfair dismissal, House of Lords),Gibson v East Riding Yorkshire District Council (Working time, Court of Appeal).

His recent cases include:

  • Muzi- Mabaso v HMRCUKEAT/0353/14/DA 28 September 2015, HHJ Eady QC (reasonable adjustment and indirect disability discrimination appeal).
  • Underwood v Wincanton Group LtdUKEAT/0212/15/RN, 27 August 2015, Recorder Luba QC (application of the public interest test for protected disclosures).
  • Services for Education Limited v WhiteUKEAT/0024/15/DM, 10 August 2015, HHJ Elisabeth Laing J (concerning the meaning of "time of the transfer” under s.208 ERA, and therefore whether continuity of employment was preserved over a one month gap between fixed term contracts on a transfer).
  • MacIntosh v National Waiting Times Centre Board UKEATS/0001/15/SM, 17 June 2015, Lady Stacey (overturning on appeal findings of discrimination arising from disability and disability-related harassment).
  • Smith v Carillion (JM) Ltd[2015] I.R.L.R. 467 (CA) (requirement for contractual relationship for claims of detriment for health and safety and trade union activities; application of European Convention of Human Rights).
  • Ashworth v Royal National Theatre[2014] 4 All E.R. 238 (resisting application for injunction seeking to require continued employment of the band in "Warhorse”).
  • McCabe v Greater Glasgow Health BoardUKEATS/0004/14/SM, 10 June 2014, Langstaff J (unfair dismissal and disability discrimination, including guidance as to the effective date of termination in cases of dismissal with payment in lieu of notice).

    Business Protection

Jeremy regularly acts in claims for injunctive relief, primarily in cases involving restraint of trade, confidentiality, intellectual property and fiduciary duty issues concerning employees, directors and/or shareholders, partnership and vendor/purchaser cases. He has been instructed in a wide range of business sectors including recruitment consultancy, partnership, internet travel, journalism, inter-dealer broking, insurance broking, engineering, computing, retail, telecommunications, solicitors and, NHS Trusts. His team move cases have included Tullet Prebon v BGC Brokers (acting for the ten brokers moving to BGC against whom extended garden leave injunctions were sought) and Paul Wurth Limited and others v Siemens VAI Metals Technologies Limited (CA), which concerned a springboard injunction in relation to a mass team move and Ashworth v Royal National Theatre [2014] 4 All E.R. 238 (successfully resisting an application for an injunction for reinstatement of the "Warhorse band”). He has also acted in claims concerning employee fraud, including obtaining urgent freezing relief and disclosure order. He is also is a contributor to Brearley and Bloch, "Employment covenants and confidential information”

    Commercial Litigation

Jeremy’s practice involves a broad range of commercial litigation and advisory work, including:

  • Commercial contract disputes
  • Fire insurance claims
  • Sale of goods
  • Director disputes and fiduciary duties.
  • Shareholder disputes.
  • Business sales, franchise agreements and warranty claim
  • Professional negligence claims (including solicitors, insurance brokers, accountants and auditors).
  • Asset protection and recovery, including obtaining freezing and disclosure orders
  • Dispute concerning alleged transfer of shares procured by fraud or undue influence
  • Lotteries and prize gaming
  • Injunctive relief.

Sample notable cases include Paul Wurth Ltd v Siemens VAI Metals Technologies Limited [(CA) (interim injunction and dispute as effect of without prejudice communications), I-Way Limited v World Online Telecom Limited (Commercial Court) (misrepresentation, implication of contractual terms, estoppel) and Zakharov v White (interim injunction/ lawfulness of bench warrant/commercial fraud).

    Judicial Review

Jeremy’s practice also includes judicial review, which he previously lectured in at Brasenose College, Oxford University. He had acted in a variety of matters including disputes relating to exclusions from school and university courses, disputes in relation to exclusion of doctors from specialist training courses, withdrawal of legal aid and decisions of the Central Arbitration Committee (including R v CAC ex parte BBC (judicial review/trade union recognition and R v CAC ex parte Kwik Fit (GB) Limited(CA) (judicial review/trade union recognition).


 Recommended in sports law by Legal 500, Jeremy has acted in a variety of sports cases including:

  • A challenge to withdrawal of funding by British Swimming: Tancock v British SwimmingSR/0000720014, 14 November 2014 (Mr David Phillips QC).
  • wrongful dismissal by football managers,
  • disputes as to television rights relating to Premier League teams
  • disputes over renewal of central contracts
  • personal injury in sports (eg Doane v MK Dons and others).


Jeremy has acted in partnership and LLP disputes including issues as to construction of the partnership agreement and disputes concerning enforceability of garden leave and post-termination provisions and business protection.


Jeremy’s particular area of interest in the field of education law has focussed on vocational and higher or further education. He has written and lectured on the issue of exclusion of matters of academic judgment, and his cases have included disputes as to professorial pay,and exclusion of doctors from specialist training.