Jamie Jenkins

Jamie Jenkins - Barrister at St John's Buildings
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Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 01244 323 070

Year of call: 2008

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Jamie is a specialist employment barrister who has represented both high net worth individuals and national companies in a range of employment disputes. He has particular experience in the area of discrimination, and has been recognised in the Legal 500 as being recommended for discrimination cases.

Jamie’s broad expertise results in him practising in other areas of law. He receives instructions in Education and Sports law, both in the context of employment and discrimination disputes and on more discrete legal issues in those areas. He also practises in Commercial Law, predominantly in contractual and related disputes.

Jamie is direct access qualified, and accepts instructions on a direct access basis in all of his practice areas.

“Recommended for discrimination cases.” Legal 500 2019

Expertise

  • Employment

    Jamie acts for both Claimants and Respondents in a wide range of employment tribunal cases, advising clients at all stages from initial negotiations through to the final hearing and, if necessary, to appeal. As well as his extensive discrimination experience, Jamie is frequently instructed on cases that involve issues of unfair dismissal, breach of contract, redundancy, whistleblowing and restrictive covenants.

    Jamie has acted for a range of major national companies, as well as other notable employers including a Premier League Football Club. In 2017 he was appointed to the NPS Wales Panel of approved counsel, and is regularly instructed by a range of local authorities.

    Jamie’s recent and current work undertaken includes:

    Discrimination

    Jamie has a specific interest and particular experience in dealing with discrimination cases, both in an employment context and in relation to the provision of services, and regularly provides training on new developments in the area of discrimination.

    Jamie has acted for a range of employers and service providers in discrimination cases including major national and international companies, local authorities, hotels, airports, and clubs.

    His current recent experience of discrimination cases includes:

    • Representing a Premier League Football Club in relation to age discrimination and constructive dismissal claims brought by former directors, as well as advising in related commercial litigation. The age discrimination claims were dismissed after trial.
    • Representing a McDonald’s franchisee in relation to a variety of claims of race discrimination brought by a former employee. The claims were dismissed in full after trial.
    • Advising and representing the managing director of a company within the Muller Group in relation to claims of constructive dismissal and discrimination based on his nationality.
    • Successfully representing a timber company that was accused of race discrimination by a long serving employee.
    • Successfully representing an employee of a major supermarket chain who was found to have a disability by reason of his low IQ.
    • Successfully representing a teacher who claimed that her disability had contributed to her committing an act of gross misconduct that resulted in her dismissal.

    Redundancy

    • Successfully representing an NHS Trust against a claim from a former employee who claimed that she was entitled to an enhanced redundancy payment.
    • Successfully representing the managing director of a provider of medical services who was found to have been dismissed in a sham redundancy.
    • Successfully representing an employee of a FTSE 100 company who was displaced following an extensive restructure.
    • Representing a charity in claims brought by former employees following extensive redundancies.
    • Representing a recruitment agency in a claim brought after redundancies following a company wide restructure.

    Restrictive Covenants

    • Advising a recruitment agency in relation to a former employer that had allegedly solicited clients in breach of a restrictive covenant.
    • Advising and representing a hair salon that sought injunctive relief on the basis that two former stylists had joined a rival salon and taken clients with them.
    • Representing two employees who were accused of soliciting clients from a company specialising in high value mobile phone contracts.

    Unfair Dismissal

    • Successfully representing a multi national logistics company against claims brought by two employees following their dismissals for bullying one of their colleagues.
    • Representing a local authority in an unfair dismissal case where a senior female manager was dismissed for sexually assaulting a male employee.
    • Representing a senior manager of a national producer of greetings cards following an accusation that she had fraudulently claimed expenses.
    • Representing a former DWP employee who claimed constructive dismissal arising out of the unilateral amendments to her working hours.
    • Representing a senior manager of an NHS Trust who was found to have been unfairly dismissed when the correct capability procedures were not followed.

    Whistleblowing

    • Successfully representing a charity accused of dismissing an employee due to protected disclosures following the attempted suicide of a client.
    • Representing a nursing home in a claim for whistleblowing detriment brought by a former employee following disclosures made about the home’s treatment of residents.
    • Advising a student mentor who was allegedly dismissed from an employed role with a university after making protected disclosures about the university’s failure to pay the minimum wage.
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  • Company and Commercial

    Jamie has a Masters in Commercial Law and brings that expertise to a broad commercial practice encompassing areas that overlap with other aspects of his practice as well as distinct areas of commercial litigation. His practice primarily focuses on contractual disputes, including the sale of goods and supply of services, construction and insurance.

    Jamie is also regularly instructed on commercial and company law matters that involve tort, misrepresentation and fraud. He has experience in dealing with substantive issues in such cases as well as interim hearings including injunctions, interim payments and security for costs.

    Examples of work undertaken includes:

    Breach of Contract

    • Advising a Premier League Football Club in potential claims for breach of contract intimated by former employees.
    • Representing a producer of Indian food in a six figure claim brought by an IT company in breach of contract.
    • Representing a solicitor’s firm in relation to a six figure claim brought by an ATE provider for breach of contract.
    • Representing a local authority in a breach of contract claim brought by a teacher alleging that he should be paid whilst off sick because his sickness was caused by the build up of mould in his classroom.
    • Advising the owners of a number of student properties in claims against the properties’ managing agent, who had retained extensive rent payments in breach of contract.
    • Advising and representing a former company director in relation to a substantial claim brought by a bank under a personal guarantee.

    Construction

    • Advising a construction company in a six figure claim for non payment of fees following the demolition and rebuilding of a substantial residential property.
    • Representing a construction company in a claim for non payment of project management fees following the renovation of a hotel.
    • Representing the owners of a residential property in a complex contractual dispute following the installation of a biomass boiler.
    • Representing the owners of a home in a claim following the alleged faulty installation of a driveway which caused toxic fumes to seep into the property.
    • Representing the owners of a property which had been left structurally unsound and threatened the integrity of an adjoining property following the faulty installation of bay windows.

    Consumer Law

    • Advising a client in relation to an £80,000 claim against Land Rover alleging misrepresentation of the sale of two new vehicles.
    • Advising a client in relation to a claim against a car dealership after he purchased a second hand prestige sports car that was subsequently shown to be unroadworthy and worth less than one quarter of what was paid for it.
    • Representing a hotel in relation to a claim brought by two customers who claim they were refused a room due to their traveller ethnic origin.
    • Representing Manchester Airport in a claim brought by a disabled passenger alleging discriminatory treatment.

    Professional Negligence

    • Advising a multi national energy company in a claim against its former solicitors for professional negligence.
    • Advising a solicitor’s firm in relation to a claim brought by a former client who alleged that he had under settled his claim due to inaccurate advice.
    • Advising a solicitor’s firm in relation to a claim by a client whose claim was discontinued without their knowledge.
    • Representing a freelance photographer in a claim against a solicitor’s firm who settled his claim for less than 10% of its true value.
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  • Fraud - Civil

    Jamie has experience in cases involving allegations of fraud and dishonesty, including claims based on misrepresentation, conversion, trespass to goods and restitution.

    Jamie also has experience dealing with applications and proceedings relating to contempt of court under CPR 81 including providing advice, drafting pleadings, and representing parties at the trial of such matters.

    Jamie’s recent experience includes:

    • Representing the Respondent in an application to commit him to prison for contempt of court following the discontinuance of a personal injury claim.
    • Representing a jewellers that sought damages for misrepresentation following the sale of a range of high value watches by a distributor.
    • Advising a company after a third party had hacked its email account, causing a client to sent a substantial payment to the third party bank account rather than to the company.
    • Representing the owner of a car dealership in a claim brought by a finance company in conversion following the dishonest dealings of a third party.
    • Advising a client in relation to the sale of a caravan where it transpired that the caravan had been previously stolen.
    • Representing a client in a claim against a removal company following the theft of her property during a house move.
    • Advising a client in relation to an £80,000 claim against Land Rover alleging misrepresentation of the sale of two new vehicles.
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  • Education

    Jamie regularly represents local authorities, employees and others in cases related to the education sector, including in cases involving employment, discrimination and breach of contract, but also regularly represents clients in the field of education law. Jamie is direct access qualified and is available to act for parents and local authorities in a range of education cases including:

    • Admission and exclusion appeals.
    • Appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (‘SEND’ Tribunal) concerning EHC assessments and/or exclusions.
    • Upper Tribunal appeals arising from decisions of the SEND Tribunal.
    • Advice and representation regarding judicial review.
    • Issues in transitioning SEN students to EHC assessments.
    • Cases involving further and higher education.

    Jamie’s recent education law experience includes:

    • Advising a local authority on its prospects of appealing an adjudicator’s decision in relation to changes to its admissions policy.
    • Advising and representing a private school in relation to a First Tier Tribunal claim brought by a student.
    • Advising a local authority on its prospects of appealing a Tribunal decision that a needs assessment should be carried out for a child.
    • Successfully representing a local authority that sought to strike out an EHCP appeal in a case where the appeal was instigated by the child’s father without the child’s instructions.
    • Advising and representing a child in judicial review proceedings who had successfully appealed a decision to exclude him, but on his return to school was taught in isolation and not in his full range of subjects.
    • Advising and representing a child who was excluded after she brought a knife into school for protection during the ‘killer clown’ craze.
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  • Sport, Media and Entertainment Law

    Jamie regularly uses his expertise in other areas in a sports, media and entertainment law context, most notably in relation to his employment, discrimination and commercial law experience.

    Jamie’s recent experience includes:

    • Assisting the sellers of a Premier League Club in completing their due diligence.
    • Advising and representing a Premier League Football Club in claims of discrimination and constructive dismissal brought by former directors, as well as advising in related commercial proceedings.
    • Representing a League Two Football Club in relation to an unfair dismissal claim brought by a member of staff who was dismissed for racist behaviour.
    • Representing a rugby coach in disciplinary proceedings brought by the RFU.
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  • Public Access

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

    Click here to view our Public Access pages and details of the process for instructing public access accredited barristers.

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