Richard is the Head of Albion’s Employment and Professional Disciplinary Team. He is recommended in the Legal 500 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 being described as ‘firm in cross-examination and persuasive in his submissions’ and ‘recommended for all stages of employment litigation’.
Richard has a thriving practice across the UK, being instructed in matters of the upmost sensitivity and severity in both employment and professional disciplinary matters. Clients are always impressed with his mastery of the papers, his down-to-earth advice and his exemplary advocacy. For many clients Richard is their go-to barrister and his results underline the reason why.
Richard’s employment caseload is evenly split between Respondent and Claimant work. He accepts employment instructions under the Public Access Scheme. Clients will often consult Richard at an early stage, ensuring that those important tactical decisions, that can make or break a case, are only taken after receiving his expert advice.
Richard accepts instructions to undertake:
- trial and pre-trial Employment Tribunal advocacy;
- appellate work in the Employment Appeals Tribunal and Court of Appeal;
- internal disciplinary, grievance and appeals;
- disciplinary and grievance investigations;
- case merits assessment and advice.
Employment cases of interest:
James v Coull Ltd (2016) - acted for the Claimant in relation to a claim of unfair dismissal for reason of redundancy and unpaid high value share options;
Robson v ESG Skills Ltd (2016) - a case in Newcastle Employment Tribunal founded upon associative disability discrimination related to the long term illness of the employee’s daughter;
T v Wiltshire Constabulary (2016) – instructed by the Police Federation in relation to allegations against an officer relating to his use of social media and his interest in alternative adult genres;
Stearn v Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (2016) – Richard was instructed on behalf of the respondent in relation to a Part Time Workers discrimination claim based upon a particular interpretation of the Grey Book;
F v Avon and Somerset Constabulary (2016) – a case concerning the use and speed of use of a taser in volatile and fast moving circumstances, analysis of training methods and appropriateness of alternative restraint techniques featured as part of the case;
C v Ofsted (2016) – instructed on behalf of a nursery in relation to allegations of inadequate safeguarding of children;
W (2016) – represented a surgeon in a disciplinary process concerning allegations of using inappropriate and outdated surgical techniques;
Various (2016-17) - instructed on an ongoing basis to advise in relation to the shared services and amalgamation proposals for a number of local authorities across the UK;
PR v National Nursing and Midwifery Council (2016) - instructed to advise a care home director in relation to a referral made to the NMC by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales;
Davison v Cotswold Outdoor (2016) - represented the respondent in a claim brought against them by a store manager dismissed for allegations of failure to follow standard operating procedures resulting in cash going missing;
C v Dorset Constabulary (2016) - the case related to a police officer's alleged misuse of in-force computer systems and whether, if proved, the misuse amounted to gross misconduct necessitating the officer's dismissal from the constabulary;
Allison v Ministry of Defence (2016) - represented the claimant, a government scientist, who complained that she had been professionally excluded and marginalised following her diagnosis of a mental illness;
F v Avon and Somerset Constabulary (2016) - acted on behalf of a police officer who was facing dismissal from the constabulary due to his conviction for assault whilst arresting a drunk and aggressive individual;
Efthymiou v Ministry of Defence (2015) – the case concerned the employment status of a purported contractor, working long-term at a military base. The question for the tribunal was whether a ‘contractor’, if deemed to be an employee, could TUPE transfer on a contracting-out basis, despite the ‘illegality’ of such an employment status under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010;
S v Avon and Somerset Constabulary (2015) - represented a police constable in disciplinary proceedings relating to alleged dishonesty in her interactions with a senior officer accused of bullying;
Dickeson v Martek Power Ltd (2015) – the claimant, a former owner of the subsidiary company, was dismissed for breaches of health and safety procedures imposed by the parent company onto its subsidiary, post purchase. The case explored the interrelation between the differing ethos of the parent company and subsidiary;
James v Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue (2015) – acted for the respondent resisting a claim of race discrimination, based on the covert recording of colleagues’ conversations.
Reported Employment Law Cases:
Jackson Lloyds Ltd and Mears Group PLC v Smith and Ors  UKEAT/0127/13/LA – an EAT challenge to the Liverpool ET’s findings that a TUPE transfer could take place where the multifactorial Spijkers approach indicated a transfer to a Transferee other that the purchaser or 100% shares of Transferor;
Mrs R M Bennett v Cornwall County Council  UKEAT/0207/08/DA –consideration of a ‘knock out’ point as per Glennie v Independent Magazines (UK) Ltd.
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