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Gemma Roberts - Employment

Gemma has a busy employment law practice and has amassed a wealth of experience in the full range of employment and discrimination law matters. She regularly appears in both Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeals Tribunal in cases concerning discrimination, unfair / wrongful dismissal, redundancy, equal pay, unlawful deductions of wages, working time regulations, whistle blowing and TUPE Regulations.

The majority of her instructions are on behalf of large public employers such as NHS Trusts and local authorities in lengthy and complex tribunal hearings and appeals. She also enjoys frequent instructions from high-profile employers including Lidl, Adecco, Sports Direct and Amec Foster Wheeler as well from major trade unions but she also enjoys acting for claimants and individuals and will accept instructions on a direct access basis where appropriate.

Gemma graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics before qualifying for the Bar and undertaking pupillage in London

RECOMMENDATIONS

"She is very thorough, incredibly prepared and extremely intelligent. She also has a complete understanding of the healthcare sector and NHS clients." "She gets to the issue of the case very quickly and will know the case inside out and grasp the key issues very quickly."
Chambers UK 2017

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Has a broad employment practice and is highly rated for her expertise in discrimination claims. She regularly handles complex cases for large public sector organisations such as local authorities, and also represents a number of international private sector businesses.
Chambers UK 2016

"She is very clever and witty. She understands employment law really well, gives good grass-roots advice and communicates well with clients."
"She is competent beyond her year of call." 
Chambers UK 2015
 
"A junior barrister whose experience outstrips her years of call. She predominantly acts for employers, and has a particular focus on public sector and NHS clients."
"She loves getting her teeth into meaty tribunal claims. Her approach works wonders with claimants with very weak claims - in cross-examination, she's excellent."
Chambers UK 2014
 
QUALIFICATIONS
M.A Oxon; Philosophy, Politics and Economics (New College, Oxford)
GDL BPP Law School (Commendation)
BVC BPP Law School (Very Competent)
 
MEMBERSHIPS
MCCBA
Free Representation Unit
Gray’s Inn (Lord Uthwatt Scholarship 2005)
 
NOTABLE CASES
Gor v Adecco UK - EAT
Represented the respondent successfully at first instance and before the EAT and obtained a costs award against the Appellant following an oral permission to appeal hearing. 
 
Hibbins v Hestors Way Neighbourhood Project: [2009] IRLR 198 EAT
Acted for the Respondent in an appeal concerning whether protection was afforded under the ‘whistle-blowing legislation’ for disclosures that do not reveal any “wrongdoing” or “failure” by the employer or person for whom the employer is responsible.
 
Wilcox v Birmingham CAB Services Ltd EAT [2011] All ER (D) 73 (Aug), [2011] EqLR 810
Successfully represented the Respondent in the EAT. The appeal was focused upon when the duty to make reasonable adjustments arises and the level of knowledge required by an employer for the duty to arise. The law was clarified in relation to Eastern and Coastal Kent PCT v Grey and Secretary or State for Work and Pensions v Alam. 
 
Kirby v Quality Electrical Supplies and Technology Limited and Other
Represented the Claimant in a successful claim for discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and constructive unfair dismissal. Following a 12 day hearing, the Claimant was awarded damages for injury to feelings within the upper Vento / DaBell bracket, substantial aggravated damages and a compensatory award. 
 
Collier v Aurora Group Ltd
Acted for the Claimant in successful claim for unfair dismissal in high profile case attracting ‘front page’ coverage in national media. 
 
Pointing v Islington Central Medical Centre
Successfully represented the Claimant in 10 day claim for constructive unfair dismissal. 
 
Lee-Dwyer v City Islington College
Successfully represented the Respondent in a 5 day hearing for disability related discrimination and failure to make reasonable adjustments. 
 
Ashman v Sainsburys Plc 
Represented Sainsbury’s in a redundancy claim by a former employee who also alleged unfair dismissal and disability discrimination. Following a 5 day hearing the Claimant was awarded a nil compensatory award. Successfully resisted the Claimant’s appeal on ground of perversity in the EAT