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Jack Feeny - Employment

Jack has been ranked as a leader in the field for employment law by Chambers & Partners since 2016. His current directory entry describes him as “approachable, knowledgeable and technically astute”.

Jack is regularly instructed to act on behalf of FTSE-100 companies and international corporations in retail, manufacturing, logistics, hospitality, sport, leisure and energy. He also has a busy public sector practice, acting on behalf of the Government, local authorities, and NHS Trusts.

Jack has for many years been instructed to represent police officers in claims arising out of equality and employment disputes in the Employment Tribunal and High Court. As a result, he has a detailed knowledge of police law and other public law issues including pension appeals, judicial review and the Human Rights Act 1998.

Jack is often instructed in high value, complex claims from white collar claimants in the financial sector involving discrimination and whistleblowing allegations and where damages sought often exceed a million pounds. He acts and advises both employers and employees in High Court actions for injunctive relief arising out of restrictive covenants and misuse of confidential information.

Significant cases of his include The Chief Constable of Norfolk Police v. Coffey [2018] IRLR 193, which is the first case at appellate level to directly address the test for direct discrimination because of perceived rather than actual disability.

Jack also represented the claimant in Erichsen v. The Chief Constable of Northumbria Police UKEAT/0027/15/BA, a claim for disability discrimination which went to the EAT on issues of pension loss and grossing up. Jack was successful both at first instance and in the EAT, with the claimant recovering damages of £350,000.

The President of the EAT in Look Ahead Housing and Care Ltd v. Chetty [2015] I.C.R. 375 upheld his submissions on the principles governing recovery of EAT fees inter-partes which has since been reported as the authority on that issue.

Other recent cases include:

  • Successfully defended a claim of discrimination and unfair dismissal on behalf of a global logistics company, including obtaining a costs order against the claimant
  • Advised a professional sports body on TUPE issues in a multi-claimant action
  • Advised and represented a company seeking an interim injunction for misuse of confidential information in the High Court
  • Successfully represented an NHS trust in a multiple day race discrimination claim

Jack also has experience of acting in professional discipline proceedings.

In addition to his court work, Jack is often instructed in pre-litigation matters including advising on compromise agreements, handling internal grievance and disciplinary proceedings, drafting policy documents, and providing internal training.

Jack is registered for direct access.

RECOMMENDATIONS

"I find him to be a very approachable, friendly and knowledgeable barrister. The cases in question have led to a number of complicated issues, and he has always been at my disposal for queries and concerns. He's also technically astute and grasps the issues quickly." "His strength is his technical ability in difficult circumstances." 
Chambers UK 2018

"He is not afraid to tackle difficult situations and challenge the evidence of the other side." "He presents his advocacy in a very calm and well-prepared manner and he never fails to make his points clearly." 
Chambers UK 2017

"He's knowledgeable, relaxed and he's quick on his feet."
Chambers UK 2016
 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTABLE CASES

The Chief Constable of Norfolk Police v. Coffey [2018] IRLR 193
Authority on direct discrimination because of perceived disability

Aziz v. The Fremantle Trust (a charity limited by guarantee) UKEAT/0027/17/LA
Appeal on contractual mobility clauses and unfair dismissal

Campbell v. Lehman Bros & Huw Merriman MP ET/3201598/2014
Claim for sexual harassment against a Tory MP, reported in the national press

The Chief Constable of Northumbria Police v. Erichsen UKEAT/0027/15/BA
Appeal on pension loss and grossing up

Look Ahead Housing and Care Ltd v. Chetty (No 2) [2015] I.C.R. 375
Authority on recovery of EAT fees

Look Ahead Housing and Care Ltd v. Chetty (No 1) UKEAT/0441/13/MC
Appeal on unfair dismissal and race discrimination

Davies v. The Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police ET/2700204/2013
Represented a police officer in a claim for institutionalised racism against Travellers, reported in the national press

APPOINTMENTS

Jack is a member of the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

QUALIFICATIONS
BVC (Manchester)
GDL (College of Law)
MA (Liverpool) Philosophy
BA (York) History and Philosophy
 

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