Martin acts for employers and employees in most areas of employment law. Although much of his work is for private sector clients Martin has very considerable experience of the public sector, local government, the NHS and educational establishments. He understands the particular difficulties and nuances of public sector work.
At appellate level his appearances include cases on jurisdiction of employment tribunals over overseas employments; Jackson v Ghost Inc  IRLR 824 and Financial Times v Bishop EAT . Dan Tran v Greenwich Vietnam Community  IRLR 735 CA concerned the duty of an ET to give reasons. Martin acted for the successful employer/respondent in Hepworths plc v Akers EAT  on the introduction of new terms and conditions by employers and the role of the law relating to duress in those situations.
Other appellate work includes Hinton v University of East London CA  IRLR 552 on compromise agreements; Governing Body of St Albans School v Neary CA  IRLR 124 on ET procedure and orders for costs in the Court of Appeal; BP v Elstone  IRLR 558 on the meaning of “employer” in the whistleblowing legislation; Bournemouth Borough Council v Leadbeater  UKEAT on the procedure for and principles to be applied in a review of a default judgment; Howman v The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn  EAT on costs in the ET; HCL Safety Ltd v Flaherty  UKEAT 0021_13_1107 on the proper test for unfair dismissal and Noor v Metroline Travel Ltd  UKEAT 0059_14_1707 on whether appeal to EAT should be kept open or dismissed where there is a potential further appeal.
- Contributor to the Law Society Guide to the Equality Act
- Co-author (with John Bowers QC, Jeremy Lewis and Jack Mitchell) of “Whistleblowing, Law and Practice” (Oxford University Press- now in its second, 2012, edition- third edition forthcoming), cumulative updater is available by clicking here
- Contributor to Transfer of Undertakings, Lewis, Thomson Sweet and Maxwell, ongoing.
- Member of the Employment Lawyers Association, member of and former Vice Chair of the Industrial Law Society
Recent Whistleblowing work includes:
- Employment Appeal Tribunal; BP PLC (appellant) v. ELSTONE and another (respondents)  IRLR 558. Instructed by BP: allegedly protected disclosures made whilst employed by a previous employer. Issue of law as to whether worker protected in those circumstances or whether employer at the time of the disclosure has to be the same as the employer at the time of the detriment/dismissal;
- Employment Appeal Tribunal: Western Union Payment Services UK Ltd v Anastasiou  UKEAT 0135_13_1205, instructed by worker, consideration of whether disclosure had to specify relevant failure, whether opinion could constitute information, whether person inflicting detriment had to know of protected disclosure and requirements of a reasoned decision that worker had been subjected to detriment for making a protected disclosure;
- Birmingham Employment Tribunal Successful defence of a claim that employees had been dismissed because they had made protected disclosures. Claim dismissed because disclosures were not made in good faith and in any event had not been the reason or principal reason for the dismissals;
- Acting for an NHS Trust in relation to claims by consultant surgeon that he was victimised for making protected disclosures. 6 week hearing concluded with a substantial costs award in favour of the trust;
- Acting for a solicitor employed by NHS Trust;
- Acting for the Head of Asset Management of a major international bank and for other FCA regulated employees in relation to protected disclosures made to their employers.
- Acting for a major city council in relation to a claim by an employee in its social services department that he was victimised for making protected disclosures.
- Acting for a large police force in relation to claims of detriment by a civilian worker following whistleblowing.
Martin is co-author (with John Bowers QC, Jeremy Lewis and Jack Mitchell) of “Whistleblowing, Law and Practice” (now in its second, 2012, edition), a leading text which is cited in many of significant CA and EAT authorities. A cumulative updater is available by clicking here. He has recently completed a nationwide series of talks on Whistleblowing for the Employment Lawyers Association.
Discrimination law is a further area of expertise in which Martin has acted for and advised (amongst others)
- A major UK airline resisting an allegation of sex discrimination;
- A major financial plc resisting allegations of sex discrimination and harassment;
- A firm of solicitors in respect of a race discrimination claim brought by an ex solicitor employee;
- A social worker training quango in respect of a race discrimination claim;
- An NHS Trust resisting claims for equal pay from 5 female consultants;
- Universities resisting race discrimination and victimisation claims;
- A children’s charity resisting a claim of disability discrimination;
- A non departmental government body resisting claim of failure to make reasonable adjustments in respect of a disabled applicant for employment;
- The Bar Standards Board in relation to a claim of disability discrimination against the board (Islam v BSB  All ER (D) 05 (Aug). One of the first cases on the meaning of “Competence Standard” in the Equality Act;
- A construction company resisting claims of age discrimination;
- An NHS Trust resisting claims of race discrimination and victimisation by a consultant surgeon;
- A bank resisting claims of race discrimination and victimisation by its head of risk.ï A large police force in relation to disability claims relating to stress/depression and dyslexia;
- An NHS Trust in relation to disability claims by a consultant doctor relating to stress/depression.Publications in this area:
Joint Editor of the 2010 and 2012 editions of the Equal Opportunities volume of Atkin: Court Forms (Butterworths) and a contributor to the Law Society’s Guide to the Equality Act.
In the area of Transfer of Undertakings Martin has advised or acted for a wide range of clients including airlines, insurance companies, outsourcing contractors, solicitors and local/regional government institutions. He has fought and advised on a number of cases concerning the service provider change provisions of TUPE 2006. He appeared in Playle v Churchill Insurance (EAT) on the issue of whether an economic entity retained its identity following a transfer.
Recent TUPE work includes:-
- Jones v Cornwall County Council and Others: Bristol ET: whether TUPE 3 (1) (b) applied where the Law Society changed the composition of a panel of solicitors providing advice via a national helpline. Issues of fragmentation.
- Defence of claim for protective award on failure to consult on takeover of building materials supplier, when were duties of consultation engaged?
- Claim against local authority that there was a service provision transfer when housing maintenance work was brought back in house even though work was on a call down basis and had been considerably reduced in volume
- Defence of a claim that the employment of the MD of a company transferred where the principal client of the business of that company changed contractors
- Conduct of a claim that there was a transfer of undertaking when a council ceased to us services of outside contractor for housing repair
- Defence of claim of breach of the information and consultation provisions on transfer/appropriate protective award.
Publications in this area:
Martin is a Contributor to “Transfer of Undertakings”, Sweet & Maxwell (ongoing) and to “Cross Border Transfers and Employee Rights” Tothill 2004 ed Susan Mayne, and has written various articles with John Bowers QC on this area.
HIGH COURT EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION
Martin has extensive experience of High Court employment litigation. He has advised in connection with and appeared in litigation for interim relief and final remedies based on covenants and implied contractual or fiduciary duties involving (amongst others) bond dealers, insurance brokers, architects and stockbrokers. He has given many lectures on the subject. Recent work includes acting for a major energy supply company in an application for interim relief against an energy broker and ex employees of the company concerning confidential information relating to customers.
Litigation between businesses has always formed part of Martin’s practice at the Bar. His employment practice will often give rise to questions involving contracts between companies as well as those with employees whether the issue arises in the competition field or otherwise – for example in business sale agreements or agency arrangements. Acting for or against senior employee shareholders necessitates consideration of unfair prejudice remedies.
Martin has also worked in the wider commercial arena covering debt recovery insolvency claims – appearing- for example for McDonalds in McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd v Urbandivide Co Ltd – where Parker J was persuaded that a winding up petition against McDonalds should be restrained.
Partnerships & LLP’s
Advice, representation and mediation in respect of disputes and issues between partners and members of LLP as to rights, liabilities and indemnities under partnership and LLP agreements including restraint of trade issues. Discrimination claims as between partners.
Martin has extensive experience, particularly on the defence side and particularly in relation to claims against lawyers and surveyors, of professional liability litigation. He pleaded and succeeded in one of the very first cases to hold that a lender could be liable for having contributed to its own loss where a loan had been made in reliance on a valuer’s report (PK Finans International (UK) Ltd v Andrew Downs & Co Ltd)
Regulatory, Public & Administrative
- Legal Adviser to the Fitness to Practise Committee of the General Optical Council;
- Acting for the Bar Standards Board (for the BSB);
- In relation to the Disciplinary committee of a political party (as counsel for the party and also as legal adviser to the Committee);
- Acting for the registrant in proceedings before the Conduct Committee of the General Social Care Council
- Acting for and advising gang masters in relation to applications to The Gangmasters Licensing Authority and appeals before Appointed Persons appointed under The Gangmasters (Appeals) Regulations 2006;
- Representation of employees regulated in the financial services sector facing regulatory proceedings.
Martin is an ADR Group Accredited Mediator and has acted as Mediator in over a dozen employment and professional negligence disputes through Littleton Dispute Resolution Services Limited.
Member if the Employment Lawyers Association, member of and former Chair of the Industrial Law Society
Member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
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