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Jeremy Lewis

Jeremy Lewis

Call: 1992

Barrister

“A robust and proactive advocate”

(Legal 500, 2018)

Jeremy Lewis

“A robust and proactive advocate”

(Legal 500, 2018)

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Jeremy is acknowledged as a leading practitioner in employment litigation (Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners), with particular areas of expertise in TUPE, whistleblowing, business protection/ injunctive relief and discrimination.  He is the General Editor of the Sweet & Maxwell loose-leaf book on Transfer of Undertakings and co-author of the leading work on Whistleblowing (OUP, 2017).  He is also a significant contributor to Bloch and Brearley on “Employment Covenants and Confidential Information” (Bloomsbury, 2018), to which he is co-author of five chapters including on the duty of fidelity, fiduciary duties, express covenants and final remedies, and is also a contributor to leading works on Business Protection and on Corporate Insolvency (Lightman and Moss, 2017).  His practice also includes commercial law, sports law and public law and he is a fee paid employment judge, sitting in Watford, and an accredited mediator.

Jeremy is recognised for his strategic insight, robust advocacy and a user-friendly approach.  Recent directory comments commend him as “A very incisive lawyer who has good attention to detail and excellent technical ability.” (Chambers and Partners, 2020), “A robust and proactive advocate” (Legal 500, 2018), “exacting, commercial and good on his feet” (Chambers & Partners, 2016), “shrewd and determined”“the sort of barrister you immediately pay attention to as soon as he starts speaking … able to handle complex matters and offers superb case analysis” (Chambers & Partners, 2015), “extremely hard-working” (Chambers and Partners, 2018),  and that “He combines a first-rate legal brain with relentless dedication to assisting clients in obtaining the best outcomes” (Chambers & Partners, 2015), and “focused and exacting in his work. Accessible at all hours and goes the extra mile” (Chambers & Partners, 2017).

His recent work has included:

  • Ibrahim v HCA International Limited [2020] IRLR 224 (CA): successful appeal in a whistleblowing claim, an important authority on the approach to the public interest test.
  • Augustine v Econnect Cars Limited UKEAT/0231/18/OO, 20 December 2019, gig economy appeal, establishing claimant was a part-time worker
  • Pirie v Liquid Telecommunications Limited Central London ET, 12 December 2019, successfully resisting whistleblowing interim relief application.
  • Chumber v Hestia Healthcare Limited UKEAT/0229/18/LA, 22 February 2019, successful appeal against rejection of disability discrimination reasonable adjustment and whistleblowing claims.
  • Wallace v Cheshire East Council(Manchester ET, June 2018), successfully defending a whistleblowing claim involving allegations against several senior Council officials.
  • Mehan and others v Visage Limited and another[2017] EWHC 2734 (QB, 3 November 2017, Mrs Justice Yip) where, together with Selwyn Bloch QC, extensive interim injunctive relief was obtained in the context of team move.
  • Acting on behalf of former CEO of a multi-national tool company in claims involving inter-relation of shareholder and employment covenants, compulsory share purchase and allegations of breach of confidentiality and director’s duties.
  • Born London Ltd v Spire Production Services Ltd[2017] I.C.R. 998; [2017] I.R.L.R. 493 (EAT): where he was successful in the first appellate decision on employee liability information obligations
  • Jinks v Havering LBC UKEAT/0085/17/JOJ, 14 November 2017 successfully upholding the dismissal of the claim based on a service provision change under TUPE and obtaining an award of costs against the claimant.
  • NHS 24 v PillarUKEATS/0005/16/JW, 21 April 2017 – successfully reversing the unfair dismissal decision on appeal.
  • Summan v University of Lincolnshire(Claim No. D00LN154, Lincoln County Court, 27 April 2017 – successfully defeating an application for an injunction to prevent internal disciplinary proceedings continuing
  • Muzi-Mabaso v Her Majestys Customs and Excise[2015] UKEAT/0353/14/DA, 13 November 2015 – successfully overturning in part the first instance decision to reject disability discrimination claims.
  • Smith v Carillion[2015] I.R.L.R. 467 (Court of Appeal) – together with John Bowers QC, successfully resisting the claim based on blacklisting victimisation on the basis of lack of worker status.
  • Underwood v Wincanton Plc[2015] UKEAT/0163/15/RN, 27 August 2015 (EAT) – one of the first decisions on the public interest test for whistleblowing.
  • Services for Education (S4E) Limited v (1) White and (2) Birmingham City Council[2015] UKEAT/0024/15/DM, 10 August 2015 – an important decision on the issue of continuity of employment on a transfer of an undertaking
  • MacIntosh v National Waiting Times Centre Board[2015] UKEATS/0001/15/SM, 17 June 2015 – a successful appeal in relation to claims of discrimination arising from disability and disability related harassment.
  • Representing an NHS Trust in defending a judicial review claim by its former senior officer seeking to overturn dismissal and alleging dismissal by reason of whistleblowing.
  • Representing a London Borough Council in defending multiple claims arising from alleged breach of collective redundancy obligations.
  • Representing the outgoing CEO of major multi-national retail company in a whistleblowing dismissal claim.
  • Advising a major sports administrator on issues relating to regulation of agents’ fees.
  • Advising on behalf of England cricketers suspended from selection.

Business protection and injunctive relief

Employment Law

Transfer of undertakings

Whistleblowing

Discrimination and victimisation

Trade Unions and industrial action

Other

Sports law

Commercial litigation and professional negligence

Judicial review

Mediation

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Appointments, Memberships and Education

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