“Peers and clients commend his accessibility and dedication to his cases. He is focused and exacting in his work. Accessible at all hours and goes the extra mile”
(Chambers and Partners, 2016)
Jeremy principally practices in employment law, business protection and commercial litigation. He has been regularly ranked as a leading Junior by the legal directories whose comments have included:
Jeremy is a part time judge and accredited mediator. He is co-author of the leading text on Whistleblowing and was a member of the panel which formulated the BIS standard for Whistleblowing. He is the General Editor of the leading work on Transfer of Undertakings and a contributor to the leading work on Business Protection (contributing chapters on fiduciary duties, duty of fidelity and covenants). He is also a contributor to the new edition of Lightman and Moss on Corporate Insolvency (also to be published in 2017).
Jeremy’s practice covers all forms of employment law in the civil courts and employment tribunal, and also before the CAC. He is recommended as a leader in the field of employment law by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, and has acted in a number of the landmark cases in the field.
Chambers and Partners have highlighted transfer of undertakings, together with whistleblowing, as fields in which Jeremy is particularly recommended. Sample notable transfer of undertakings cases in which he has acted include:
As a leading barrister instructed on whistleblowing claims, Jeremy has co-authored “Whistleblowing, Law and Practice (OUP, 3rd ed. 2017). Initially published in 1999 (as “Whistleblowing: The New Law” (Bowers, Lewis and Mitchell)), this is recognised as the leading work on whistleblowing.
Jeremy is regularly instructed in whistleblowing claims, covering a wide variety of issues and sectors including claims involving City law firms, a car manufacturer, a teaching hospital, local authorities, banks, brokers and other financial institutions, an employment agency and police and police-related organisations.
He acted in:
Jeremy was also a member of the steering committee for the British Standards Institution’s Whistleblowing Code of Practice, first published in July 2008.
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 or vendor/purchaser cases. He has been instructed in a wide range of business sectors including recruitment consultancy, internet travel, journalism, inter-dealer broking, insurance broking, engineering, computing, retail, telecommunications, solicitors and, NHS Trusts.
His team move cases have included:
Jeremy is co-author of three chapters in Brearley and Bloch, “Employment covenants and confidential information”. (Tottel, 4th ed 2017).
Jeremy is regularly instructed in a range of discrimination claims including in relation to part time workers, fixed term workers, sex, race, age, disability, religious and sexual-orientation discrimination. He has also acted in equal pay claims in a variety of sectors, including acting for local authorities in ongoing mass equal pay claims, and also acting in equal pay claims in the university sector, the banking sector and the health sector.
Notable cases have included:
In addition to acting in the civil courts and employment tribunals, Jeremy also acts in claims before the Central Arbitration Committee, and has been in several cases where decisions of the CAC have been challenged on an application for judicial review including:
Jeremy’s practice involves a broad range of commercial litigation and advisory work, including:
Sample notable cases include:
Jeremy has acted in a variety of sports cases including:
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 a claim to quash the dismissal of a Chief Financial Officer in the public sector, 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).
Jeremy is an Accredited Mediator within the ADR Group.
Jeremy is a Part time Employment Judge (South East region - except Watford and Reading)
After attending Manchester Grammar School (1979-86), Jeremy studied law at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he obtained a First Class Honours degree and a First Class degree on the Bachelor of Civil Law course.
Jeremy is married (to Rebecca) with three children, Jake, Tim and Sam. He plays football, tennis and chess, each with much more enthusiasm than skill.