Areas of expertise:
Commercial & Civil
Lisa is a very experienced barrister with particular expertise in employment law. Prior to the Bar Lisa lived and worked for 3 years in Tokyo where she was employed by Allen & Overy and Japanese attorneys, Miyake & Yamazaki.
Lisa has a very strong employment law practice and particular expertise in long and complex trials. She regularly appears on behalf of employers and employees in Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the High Court and the County Court on all types of employment claims covering the full spectrum of employment law, including unfair dismissal, breach of contract, all forms of discrimination, TUPE, unlawful deduction of wages, pensions, employee monitoring, restrictive covenants and confidential information. She has advised and appeared on behalf of a number of central Government departments including the Home Office, MOD, Ministry of Justice, HM Revenue & Customs, the CPS, Serious Fraud Office and the Department for Work and Pensions. She has also represented a number of plcs, banks, charities, individuals as well as local government and members of the British Medical Association. Lisa also regularly advises on settlement agreements.
During Covid-19 Lisa has been advising employers and employees on a wide range of employment matters.
Lisa has a particular interest in contentious probate proceedings. Recent cases have involved proprietary estoppel and the rebuttable presumption of destruction of a will. She also acts in relation to partnership disputes, property and boundary disputes and landlord and tenant matters.
Commercial & Civil
Lisa advises on general commercial and contractual disputes, sale of goods and consumer credit, negligence and professional negligence claims, intellectual property and information technology disputes, data protection, insurance, and insolvency (personal and company) proceedings.
Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel) 2007-2013
2014 SAL Civil Lawyer of the Year
Education & Qualifications
Licensed to conduct litigation - 2016
Qualified under the Bar Council Public Access Scheme - 2005
Inns of Court School of Law Bar Vocational Course
Some of her recent experience includes:
Injunctions/ Restraint of Trade
X v Y (anonymised for reasons for confidentiality) - (2015) - High Court - acting for team of recruitment agents and new recruitment agency employer, successfully defended application for springboard injunction by old recruitment agency employer.
O v. R (anonymised for reasons for confidentiality) - (2014) – acting for insurance company , in proposed claim against ex-employee suspected of removing confidential information and leaving to work for competitor. Advised and drafted post termination agreement and undertakings.
Thyagarajan v. Capgemini plc – (2015) -. EAT - disability discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. Successfully resisted appeal on issue of whether the substantial adverse effect was recurring or asting more than 12 months (Appeal No. UKEAT/0264/14/JOJ)
MC Hickford v Revenue & Customs Commissioners - (2015) - EAT – employee raised disability to explain his dismissal for gross misconduct for abuse of electronic communications networks involving sexually explicit material. Acted for HMRC, successfully resisted appeal to the EAT on issue of whether the ET had been correct to find the claimant was not disabled (Appeal No. UKEAT/0158/13/)
Chapman v. Barclays - (2015) - Glasgow ET – acting for Barclays in case involving disability discrimination, reasonable adjustments, constructive dismissal.
Employment Status/ Agency workers
Dixon v. DHL Services Ltd & Milestone Operations Ltd - (2012) - EAT - Employment Status, Employment Agencies, s.78 Race Relations Act 1976.9 (Appeal No. EAT 1635/10).
Mayor v. Heart of Birmingham NHS Trust – Birmingham ET - Employment status of Chief Executive of a Professional Executive Committee of NHS Trust . Reported in the medical press.
Various claims by contractors for employment status – Lisa has successfully represented various financial institutions in claims by long term contractors (primarily IT) for employment status.
ISS Mediclean Ltd. v. Elesina - (2012) - EAT – Successfully appealed ET decision on claim for enhanced rates of pay for cleaners in NHS hospitals, Contractual Variations, Agenda for Change. (Appeal No. UKEAT 0427/11, 25/1/12)
Olsson v. MOD – (2012) – Leeds County Court - Successfully represented MOD defending substantial claim by surgeon based on RAF Akrotiri base, Cyprus for pay backdated to 2003.
Advice on national restructure - Advising a national charity employing over 1500 people on the TUPE and redundancy in connection with a nationwide restructure involving consolidation of over 70 units.
Daynes & others v. Everycare & others - (2007) - Ashford ET - TUPE, whether direct payment scheme amounted to service provision change under TUPE Regulations 2006.
Beaumont & Others v. Broadway – London Central ET - Application of TUPE 1981 to the transfer of the Vauxhall advertising contract to a new advertising agency.
Thyagarajan v. Capgemini UK plc – (2015) – Birmingham ET – successfully representing Capgemini plc in defence of whistleblowing claims brought by former employer.
Hughes v. Wilkinson Hardware Ltd – (2013) – Newcastle ET - successfully represented employer defending multiple claims of whistleblowing. Central issue of whether alleged disclosures were made in good faith.
H v. X NHS Trust (anonymised for reasons for confidentiality) – (2013) – ET – represented claimant in case involving whistleblowing and discrimination claims against an NHS Trust. Secured favourable settlement for client.
Mohammed & others v. ISS Mediclean Ltd. – (2010) – London Central ET – successfully represented employer in claim by 3 employees employed as housekeeper & domestic assistants at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital involving whistleblowing allegations.
Varsani v. Capgemini plc – (2010) - London Central ET - represented Capgemini plc in case involving extensive whistleblowing allegations.
T v C (anonymised for reasons for confidentiality) - (2015) - Birmingham ET - Advising employer on equal pay (like work) claim in hotel & leisure industry and material factor defence.
T v. Serious Fraud Office (anonymised for reasons for confidentiality) - (2012) - London Central ET - successfully representing Serious Fraud Office in claim involving dismissal for misconduct (misrepresentation about employee’s financial affairs) and zero tolerance policy towards dishonesty.
B&D v. D (anonymised for reasons for confidentiality) - (2015) - Central London County Court - issue of whether will had been revoked and deceased died intestate. Case involved missing original will and raised rebuttable presumption of destruction.
Nolan & Nolan v. Nolan & Collier - (2015) - Central London County Court - acting for executors, successfully defended counterclaim for proprietary estoppel
Drafting contracts, handbooks and policies
Lisa regularly drafts a wide number of contracts of employment and service contracts for chief executives, directors, senior executives, managers, senior and junior employees. She also drafts staff handbooks and policies.
"Quick to gets to grips with complicated factual scenarios and to hone in on the key issues in a case. She has excellent interpersonal skills and always makes her clients feel as though they are her number one priority."
Managing Partner, Kidd Rapinet LLP
"“…a dogged advocate for her clients, unrelenting in eliciting evidence in support of her clients’ arguments and in closing all potential escape routes for their opponents. She leaves nothing to chance…”
Solicitor, Treasury Solicitors Dept
"… She has always instilled confidence in my clients. She is a very knowledgeable, competent and experienced Barrister and I have no hesitation in recommending her to clients.”
"I cannot recommend Lisa highly enough. She is extremely knowledgeable, great to work with and importantly, puts clients instantly at ease due to the fact that she is friendly and approachable."
Senior Associate, EMW Law LLP
"Lisa is a very competent barrister and is able to get to grips with the issues very quickly. She explains matters clearly and concisely to clients and is always calm and thorough in the Employment Tribunal. I have been instructing Lisa for over 10 years and I would highly recommend her."
Partner, Taylor Walton LLP
“Her skills are obvious from the outset, but they are complimented by her approachability and warmth, attributes not a common feature of her peers. I recommend Lisa because she can make your cause her own, she listens to you, understands and delivers results. What more could you want in an advocate?”
Employee Relations Specialist and Workforce Efficiencies Project Lead
“Lisa is an excellent, committed, highly skilled and knowledgeable employment barrister. She is an absolute pleasure to work with and has a lovely personable and professional approach. I would not hesitate to recommend her.”
HR Business Partner
“Lisa is a very knowledgeable and experienced employment barrister. Her professional qualities combined with her friendly, approachable character make her a fantastic person to work with and I highly recommend her.”
Solicitor, Treasury Solicitor's Department
Employment Lawyers Association
Industrial Law Society
Skills & Interest
Ambassador for Demelza Hospice Care for Children
2010 - present
2010 - present