Caroline Jennings - Employment
Caroline is instructed on behalf of both claimants and respondents to advise and represent them in employment tribunals across the country. She also appears in the EAT. Further to her tribunal work, Caroline also undertakes a broad range of advisory work and acts as an independent party in internal investigations and disciplinary matters (most frequently surrounding employer allegations of gross misconduct and more complex employee on employee allegations of bullying, harassment and discrimination). Caroline is regularly instructed in judicial mediations and is licensed to undertake public access work.
Caroline is known for her excellent client care and ability to communicate effectively with both private and public clients as well as those instructing her. She presents to solicitors and union representatives on a range of employment law issues.
- Successfully represented a NHS Trust against a disability discrimination claim regarding the withdrawal of a job offer. Further succeeded in having the Claimant’s appeal dismissed in the EAT.
- Successfully represented a Deanery against an indirect race discrimination claim brought on the basis that it did not acknowledge EEA equivalent medical qualifications (pursuant to the European Directive).
- Successfully represented a leading employment business at PHR to determine the employment status of a worker who had been on the same assignment for 13 years. Succeeded in obtaining a costs order against the claimant.
- Successfully represented a NHS Trust against a disability discrimination claim brought for unfair dismissal and failure to make reasonable adjustments. Successfully established that there was no link between the claimant’s disability and the chemicals used for decontamination.
- Successfully represented a nurse in her unfair dismissal claim following the hospital’s finding that she was guilty of gross negligence.
- Successfully represented a leading automobile business at a PHR to determine whether it was just and equitable to extend time so that the claimant’s claims were allowed to continue out of time. The claimant had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 in the intervening period.
- Successfully represented multiple claimants in a redundancy claim on the basis that the redundancy exercise was unfairly coloured by management's personal views of the employees.
“I was very impressed with Caroline’s methodical approach and diligence during the conduct of a difficult 5 day unfair dismissal claim against one of the largest NHS Trust’s in the country. Our success in the case was very much secured by her effective cross examinations of senior managers as well as her patience and empathy towards a vulnerable claimant."
Afshin Bemani, Solicitor, Royal College of Nursing.
"Caroline did an excellent job for us on a complex employment status case that was heard over two days. We were particularly pleased to have obtained a costs order in our favour."
Andy Smith, Head of Regulation and Employment at Adecco UK.
Caroline is an employment representative for the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
Caroline has been awarded three scholarships from Lincoln’s Inn:
- Eastham Scholarship
- Lord Haldane Scholarship
- Hardwicke Scholarship
BA(Hons) History. University of Leeds. First Class.
GDL and BVC. BPP Law School, London.
Bar Pro Bono Unit
Free Representation Unit
Regularly advises both respondents and claimants in matters relating to discrimination, unfair dismissal and redundancies, among other areas. She has experience of complex contentious work, representing clients in both the Employment Tribunal and EAT. She also assists clients with difficult internal investigations. Strengths: "She is very sensitive with confidential matters and she definitely gets the message and her case across." "She is very sensible and very approachable. She does not overcomplicate issues and makes my life as a solicitor easier."
Chambers UK 2017