Employment & Discrimination
Jane practises predominantly in employment and discrimination law. Jane is instructed to represent claimants (including Trade Union backed claimants) and counts local authorities, health authorities and “blue chip” companies amongst her respondent clients. She has been instructed in a number of high profile discrimination cases (see below). She is the head of the employment group at Trinity Chambers.
Administrative & Public Law
Jane appeared for the North East Group of solicitors, intervenors in the high profile case of The Law Society v Legal Services Commission  EWHC 2550 (Admin), an application for judicial review of the 2010 competitive tendering process for the provision of publicly funded family law services conducted by the LSC. The Administrative Court held that the tendering process was irrational, unfair and arbitrary due to the failure to indicate clearly, in advance, the criteria to be met to win contracts.
Jane has also advised in cases involving closure of local authority residential homes.
Jane has also advised in cases involving schools admissions and exclusions. Her expertise in discrimination law places her at a particular advantage in dealing with disability discrimination in the context of education, as does her knowledge and experience of public and education law. She has appeared for both the local authority and parents in such cases.
- Equality and Human Rights Commission Preferred Panel of Counsel
- Fee-paid judge, First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber, England
- Employment Law Bar Association
- Industrial Law Society
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
LECTURES & SEMINARS
Jane regularly lectures to solicitors on various employment law topics including redundancy, discrimination, equal pay and the Equality Act. Jane has also delivered seminars in relation to education law with a particular focus on discrimination.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
- B.A. , M.Sc. (Industrial Relations, LSE)
- Harmsworth Award - Middle Temple
Worked for a national employers organisation advising on employment law, particularly equalities issues and transfers of undertakings.