Richard Adkinson - Employment
Richard has a wide experience in employment and discrimination law. He acts for both Claimants and Respondents. He has represented both individual and group Claimants and Respondents who range from sole traders and public bodies such as central government.
Richard undertakes employment work both before the Tribunals and the civil courts, and has experience in relation to restrictive covenants and employment contract disputes.
Examples of recent cases
· Advising a Defendant company High Court in contractual redundancy pay and settling defence.
· Advising potential Claimants on merits of claim against employee for breach of restrictive covenants.
· Advising Respondent local authority on the effect of a collective agreement on employees’ contracts.
· Advising Claimants considering unfair dismissal claim and facing claim for breach of restrictive covenants.
· Representing Respondent company where Claimants sought unpaid wages raising issues of TUPE transfers, pre-transfer promises, post-transfer negotiated pay changes to collective agreements and a separate variation of contract.
· Representing Respondent police in unfair dismissal redundancy exercise.
· Representing Respondent international supermarket chain in claims for equal pay and multiple discrimination claims. Claims dismissed and Claimant ordered to pay costs of £10,000.
· Representing the Respondent Prison Service in a claim alleging disability discrimination, victimisation and constructive dismissal. Claim dismissed and Claimant ordered to pay £20,000 costs.
· Representing Respondent NHS Trust in a hearing lasting 4 days in which a nurse had been dismissed for gross misconduct.
· Representing Respondent Health Secretary in a hearing relating to the gross misconduct of an employee towards a vulnerable service user.
Richard is able to accept work directly under the public access scheme.
PUBLICATIONS AND SEMINARS
Richard writes for Chambers newsletter. Richard is also the editor to the chapter on disability discrimination in “Jordan’s Employment Law.”
Richard also regularly delivers seminars to solicitors and HR representatives on a wide range of employment law topics.
Richard is a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown for the Midlands’ Region.
Richard has been appointed as an Advocate for the Welsh Government in Employment Law, A Panel.
Richard is a Deputy District Judge in the North Eastern Region.
MEng (Hons) Electronic (Communications) Engineering, University of Sheffield
PGDip (Law), De Montfort University
Employment Law Association
Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association
Riley v Secretary of State for Justice (2015) UKEAT/0438/14/DXA – Acted for the Secretary of State for Justice on in case where issue was whether a judge sitting alone can determine a costs application made in respect of the outcome of a hearing before a full tribunal.
Hudson v Department of Work and Pensions  EWCA Civ 1416,  1 All ER 1370 : Acted for the Department for Work and Pensions in a claim under the Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2003 in which the issue was whether time spent employed by the Respondent under the New Deal Scheme counted towards the 4 year qualifying period under regulation 8.