Charlene has extensive experience of all aspects of statutory and contractual employment law. She has been instructed by both claimants and respondents at all stages of proceedings, including successful appearances in the EAT, and is regularly sought out for complex, multi-day unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and/or TUPE cases. She also regularly advises on collective redundancy situations and TUPE.
Notable EAT cases include:
- Ferguson and others v Astrea Asset Management Ltd  IRLR 577: acting for the appellants in this complicated TUPE case concerning variations of contract and compensation for failure to inform and consult (led by David Reade KC);
- MJ Quinn Integrated Services Ltd v JonesUKEAT/0301/16/JOJ: acting for the appellant in this appeal concerning the hot topic of employment status (led by Daniel Tatton-Brown KC);
- Mustafa and Others v Trek Highway Services and Others  IRLR 326: acting for one of the alleged transferees in this legally and factually complicated TUPE case regarding the interpretation and application of the transfer of an undertaking and service provision change provisions;
- Little v Richmond Pharmacology Ltd UKEAT/0490/12/LA: Charlene acted for the Respondent at ﬁrst instance and on appeal (latterly led by Chris Quinn) in successfully opposing a claim of alleged indirect sex discrimination in relation to an application for ﬂexible working;
- Iteshi v Oﬃce of Water Services UKEAT/0178/11/DM: Charlene opposed the appeal and obtained costs against the Appellant in this case concerning alleged race discrimination in an employment recruitment process.
Examples of recent ET cases include:
- acting for senior individuals in respect of claims of equal pay, sex discrimination, pregnancy/maternity discrimination, disability discrimination, victimisation and/or whistleblowing;
- representing companies in respect of equal pay and/or sex discrimination claims;
- successfully defending numerous, complex and knotty claims of pregnancy and sex discrimination and constructive unfair dismissal for a leading outdoor clothing & equipment company;
- acting for the Claimant against a chartered professional body in relation to claims of whistleblowing, sex discrimination (against a man) and unfair dismissal;
- acting for the Claimant against a global ﬁnancial information and services company in relation to claims of direct and indirect sex discrimination, pregnancy and maternity discrimination, breach of the maternity equality clause, less favourable treatment on the ground of part-time status and unfair dismissal;
- acting for a battery technology company in relation to claims brought by its former Chief Technology Oﬃcer for health and safety whistleblowing, race discrimination and unfair dismissal, with underlying issues relating to shares and share options.