Adam advises on and appears in civil and Employment Tribunal cases.
In the civil courts, Adam deals with employee competition matters, such as the enforcement of non-compete covenants. He can advise on merits at an early stage and assist with pre-action / without-prejudice correspondence and evidence-gathering, where he is able to draw upon his commercial background. Adam also appears in cases involving alleged discrimination in the provision of services.
In the Employment Tribunal, Adam regularly appears in trials involving allegations of discrimination, whistleblowing detriment and unfair dismissal. He can draft clear pleadings and advise on litigation strategy, whatever stage the matter has already reached.
Adam is experienced in managing expert evidence in the Employment Tribunal and draws upon several years of personal injury practice when doing so. He recently cross-examined a consultant psychiatrist during a complex two-day remedy hearing. He is well-versed in the legal principles and calculation methods in cases involving defined-benefit pension schemes, the “grossing up” of compensation to reflect the incidence of taxation, and holiday pay. He is often instructed to prepare schedules and counter-schedules of loss in high-value claims.
Adam represented the claimant in PA Finlay & Co v Finlay – the leading case on “grossing up” to reflect the incidence of taxation. Adam has also appeared in appeals concerning the employer’s duty to consider alternative employment in redundancy situations, Section 15 of the Equality Act 2010, and “last straws” in constructive unfair dismissal claims.
Adam was led by Eleena Misra in Kamath v Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the High Court and by Giles Powell in Agarwal v Cardiff University and Cardiff & Vale University Health Board in the Court of Appeal.
Adam can accept instructions on a public access basis where appropriate – usually when the work required is advice or drafting. He regularly drafts and advises on settlement agreements.