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Edward Benson, Partner, BrowneJacobson
A Partner, working from the Nottingham branch of Browne Jacobson. Specialising in: employment law; advises on contracts, policies and procedures, trade union negotiations; experienced in tribunals; contributes to seminars and training.
He is the author of Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations: A Special Bulletin and Jordans Employment Law Precedents. He is also consultant editor for Jordans Employment Law.
Douglas Leach, Guildhall Chambers
Douglas Leach was called in 2003. He specialises in employment, discrimination and collective labour law. He was appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2010 for employment matters, and the Legal 500 2011 comments that his ‘technical ability shines through on complex cases’.
Douglas’s practice covers all aspects of employment and collective labour law including unfair and wrongful dismissal; whistle-blowing; contractual disputes; breach of confidence, restrictive covenants and injunctive relief; industrial action and trade union issues; all forms of discrimination; equal pay; redundancy and reorganisation; TUPE, and professional disciplinary and sports law. He advises and appears in employment-related matters in the County Court and High Court as well as Employment Tribunals and the EAT.
Prior to qualifying at the Bar, Douglas was Editor of Industrial Relations Law Bulletin (LexisNexis Butterworths IRS), which has since become subsumed within Reed Business Information’s XpertHR service. He then combined practice with a research and editorial role at IDS, writing and editing for IDS Employment Law Brief (Thomson Reuters) and its related Handbooks and Supplements, before moving to the Bar full-time.
Since 2008, Douglas has been a member of the Editorial Committee of the Employment Lawyers’ Association’s monthly journal, ELA Briefing. He is a regular contributor to various publications, including XpertHR/IRS Employment Law Bulletin, Jordans’ Employment Law Portal and ELA Briefing.
Julian Allsop, Guildhall Chambers
Julian was called to the Bar in 1999 and has a specialist employment practice which covers all aspects of advocacy, advisory work and drafting in relation to the Employment Tribunal jurisdiction and related claims in the High Court and County Court.
He regularly appears in Employment Tribunal hearings which have included complex issues of unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and breach of contract, whistleblowing and victimisation, all forms of prohibited discrimination, equal pay, part-time workers, unauthorised deductions from wages, agricultural wages, TUPE 2006 and in the High Court, restrictive covenants, confidentiality and economic torts.
Since being appointed as Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2007, Julian has also advised, drafted for and represented Government Departments in employment matters. He has been described by the Legal 500 in 2010 as ‘Provides very efficient and straightforward advice, and adopts a no-nonsense approach, which is appreciated by commercial clients’. The 2011 edition described him as a ‘safe pair of hands, and adopts a solid and robust approach’.
In addition to his practice commitments, Julian also regularly lectures and contributes articles to internal and external publications including, amongst others, ‘Living on the Edge: Tribunal discretion to order costs’: ELA Briefing: March 2012, ‘Fulcrum Pharma (Europe) Ltd v Bonassera & anor’: ELA Briefing: December 2010, ‘Remedies’: Lecture to the Employment Lawyer’s Association – Cardiff: June 2009, and ‘Recent Changes to the Sex Discrimination Act’: ELA Briefing July 2008. Julian is a Member of the Employment Lawyers Association, the Employment Law Bar Association and the Industrial Law Society, and an Associate Lecturer on the Bar Professional Training Course at the University of the West of England.
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