Areas of Expertise
Chris is the Head of the Employment Group. His employment practice ranges from routine unfair dismissal claims to discrimination claims on all of the prohibited grounds.
Chris has a mixed practice of Respondent and Claimant work, although a substantial proportion of his caseload is received from public bodies (especially local authorities and police forces nationwide).
In the recent publication of Chambers and Partners, Chris was again recommended as a Leader in his Field: "He is brilliant: well spoken, comes across well in court and knows the law very well". “He is a very, very good advocate that is very good at thinking on his feet”.
In the previous edition he was described as follows: "He is knowledgeable, very user-friendly, turns his work around very quickly, displays sound judgment and is excellent on his feet".
Chris has also been described within the current edition of the Legal 500 as follows: “he has a broad employment practice and is experienced in all forms of discrimination claims”. In the previous edition it was noted that he was “particularly knowledgeable about TUPE issues”.
Recent notable cases include:
Representing a former teacher who was found to have been discriminated against. The Tribunal awarded £347k in damages.
Successfully defending a substantial and lengthy discrimination claim presented by a former police officer against South Wales Police.
Acting for the Welsh Ministers in a claim for disability discrimination brought against them by an employee.
Successfully representing a local authority in a claim for discrimination and unfair dismissal brought by a former employee.
Equality and Human Rights Commission Preferred Panel of Counsel;
Junior Counsel (Employment) to the Welsh Assembly
Employment Lawyers’ Association.
Chris is an employment law specialist, having practised in this field for the past 9 years. He has considerable litigation experience and regularly provides training on employment law issues to legal practitioners, including members of the Judiciary.
Chris has considerable experience in conducting litigation on behalf of Local Authorities, especially in relation to claims involving schools and Governing bodies. Consequently, he is familiar with the law and regulations in this field. He is also regularly instructed by local Police forces to act as a legal advisor to their Police Disciplinary Panels. These are formal hearings conducted internally by the Police force to consider allegations of misconduct and/or incompetence raised against serving Police officers. His role as legal advisor is:
Before specialising in employment law Chris practised at the Criminal Bar for many years. He has considerable experience in this field, having conducted many high level criminal trials, across the entire spectrum of criminal law issues. That includes, but not limited to, cases involving allegations of unlawful sexual conduct; indecent images and allegations of violent behaviour.
Chris has a wide range of experience in personal injury work across the spectrum of judicial arenas. Chris also advises, drafts pleadings (including schedules of loss) and appears for both Claimants and Defendants in fast track and multi track cases, including applications and case management conferences.
He is often asked to conduct employer liability and stress at work claims given the overlap with his employment law practice.
Chris’ workload also includes Occupiers’ liability, Product liability, Fatal Accident Claims, Highway and Road Traffic claims as well as associated areas including MIB, CRU and Criminal Injuries Compensation.
Recent cases of note have included a Fatal Accidents claim on behalf of a child that lost both parents; a contribution claim trial between a highway authority and their contractor; a complex work equipment trial and a very high value stress at work claim.