Clerking team

Chris Shaw

Senior Clerk – Civil, Commercial & Employment Clerk

Rob Lang

Assistant Senior Clerk

Gemma Eachus

Civil Clerk

Xanthé Young

Civil Clerk

Adam Parker

Civil Clerk

“Recommended expert”

Legal 500, 2024

Strengths: “Her reputation is top drawer and she knows her stuff.”

“Annette is brilliant.”

Chambers UK Bar, 2024

Annette is a specialist Employment Law barrister and former Head of the Employment Group. Recognised for her expertise for more than 10 years, the 2014 Chambers & Partners directory described her as “top quality” and a previous edition described her as being “one of the best employment law practitioners in Manchester”. She has maintained that recognition of her skills throughout her career. Annette appears regularly at the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal and often advises, acts and mediates in cases with a commercial element. These cases generally involve restrictive covenants and clients range from SMEs to high net worth individuals. Her background in personal injury and negligence cases allows her to maximise or minimise remedies in discrimination and occupational stress claims.

Annette is accredited to receive instructions directly from members of the public through the Public Access Scheme.

Employment

Annette practises in all areas of employment law including constructive and unfair dismissal, breach of contract, TUPE and restrictive covenants. She has a particular interest in discrimination and whistle blowing (Public Interest Disclosure Act) claims. She is often instructed in claims for and against the legal profession. Her clients range from local authorities, trade unions, NHS employers, public limited companies to senior executives, professionals, teachers and governors and other employees. Annette’s experience includes:

  • Representing a costs lawyer in a whistleblowing case involving a sham redundancy selection process and recovering compensation in excess of £ ¼ million.
  • Successfully representing a care home manager in a case involving a sham disciplinary process following a dispute between director/shareholders within the business.
  • Securing a senior executive a £¼ million settlement in the mediation of an occupational stress claim against a multi-national plc.
  • Successfully acting for a manager in an unfair selection for redundancy case against a global law firm.
  • Obtaining awards for 64 claimants in unfair dismissal claims arising out of a collective redundancy.
  • Representing a dentist and a dental nurse in establishing that they were workers and employees and thus could bring unfair dismissal claims.
  • Securing a banking manager a six-figure settlement in an occupational stress claim against a high street global bank.

Discrimination

Annette has vast experience of discrimination claims acting for both employers and employees. She is regularly involved in long and complex cases. Her discrimination experience includes:

  • Acting for a local authority in its defence of multiple equal pay claims.
  • Acting for women returning from maternity leave to less favourable terms and conditions and issues arising from flexible working.
  • Securing settlements for a group of nurses in part time pensions claims against a private employer.
  • Advising and representing a senior executive in a dispute arising out of unfair dismissal, sex and disability discrimination resulting in a settlement in excess of £¼ million.
  • Successfully defending a plc in an unfair dismissal and ‘associated’ race discrimination claim.
  • Securing the dismissal of all claims on behalf of a Further Education college in race discrimination claims.
  • Advising and representing NHS employers in race discrimination claims.
  • Successfully defending a police force against sex discrimination claims.

Employment in the Education sector

Annette has acted for both employers and employees in the primary, secondary and further education fields. Recent examples of cases include:

  • Advising local authorities on the application of the school teachers’ pay and conditions.
  • Securing the maximum award for a senior academic in a claim for unfair redundancy in which it was established that the selection process was a sham designed to unfairly select the employee.
  • Representing a teacher in a breach of trust and confidence claim in the county court.
  • Representing an academy in its defence of multiple equal pay claims.
  • Representing a senior academy teacher in complex race discrimination claims spanning four years.

Regulatory: Professional discipline and internal disciplinary hearings

Annette represents individuals in internal disciplinary hearings as well as at professional disciplinary hearings conducted by professional bodies. Recent examples include:

  • Representing a primary school teacher at an internal disciplinary hearing in a complaint of unacceptable professional conduct in respect of the discipline of a pupil
  • Representing a head teacher of a primary school at a General Teaching Council for Wales hearing on allegations of unacceptable professional conduct. Click here to see the BBC news coverage.

Cases

Drake v Ipsos MORI [2012] IRLR 973 EAT: Successful appeal providing guidance on the issue of mutuality of obligation in the employment status of casual workers.

TGWU & others v Manchester Airport plc (04.08.04) UKEAT/0198/04/ILB: Acting for TGWU and 15 claimants in a claim against Manchester Airport arising out of changes to terms and conditions giving rise to collective redundancies and leading to unfair dismissal and sex discrimination claims, and claims for protective awards for failure to consult on a collective redundancy.

Reality (White Arrow Express) Ltd v O’Hara (18.11.03) UK EAT/0447/03/TM: Successful appeal concerning redundancy and trial periods.

Stott v HM Prison Service [2003] EWCA Civ 1503: Concerning just and equitable extension of time limits in sex discrimination cases.

Professional negligence

Annette undertakes professional negligence work in particular advising on negligently litigated employment claims.

Memberships

  • Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)
  • Industrial Law Society (ILS)
  • Discrimination Law Association (DLA)
  • Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)

Appointments

  • Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) (and prior thereto Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) panel of barristers 2003-2015
  • Head of Employment Group 2005-2009, 2012-2014
  • Accredited for Direct Public Access instructions