Ijeoma is a highly regarded and very experienced employment and discrimination law specialist. The directories have described her as “an excellent and very persuasive advocate who inspires total confidence and is very user friendly”
Ijeoma’s statutory employment law practice comprises significant, factually difficult, sensitive, and high profile, high value claims. Ijeoma has particular expertise in litigating multi-claimant cases including: worker status, breach of contract claims, public and private sector equal pay claims, and pension discrimination claims. She is currently instructed by a group of claimants in challenges to the early exit compensation payment provisions of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.
Ijeoma advises on pensions and has a particular interest in claims arising from public sector pension schemes. She is currently instructed by the Fire and Rescue Authorities in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland in the age discrimination pension remedy litigation.
Ijeoma’s discrimination expertise covers the whole range of protected characteristics. She appears in goods and services claims as well as in the employment tribunal. Ijeoma frequently advises and appears in cases which have an inter-sectional dimension.
Ijeoma has a particular interest in strategic and advisory work in the equality sphere and has worked with private, public and third sector clients to develop their equality, diversity and inclusion activity including positive action initiatives.
Ijeoma’s recent discrimination instructions have included a number of complex, reputationally significant religion and belief cases concerning discrimination because of gender critical beliefs, religious belief, and philosophical and political beliefs such as veganism, Quakerism, and humanism.
She is currently a member of the EHRC preferred counsel panel.
Ijeoma’s commercial employment law experience includes significant experience of complex TUPE matters and high court litigation in relation to restrictive covenants and alleged breaches of duty. Ijeoma regularly advises clients in claims arising from confidentiality covenants, area and non-dealing covenants, non-solicitation, and non-enticement covenants in contracts of employment and other commercial agreements. Her recent instructions include advising senior individuals in the financial services and retail sectors on the enforceability of post-termination restrictions, contractual disputes in relation to good leaver/bad leaver provisions in equity award agreements and advising a recruitment business on regulatory issues arising from the provision of work-finding services.
Ijeoma’s collective employment law work includes advisory work in relation to trades union rules alongside advice and advocacy in industrial relation matters before the Certification Officer, the CAC and in the High Court and appellate courts. Ijeoma has particular experience (and a particular interest) in industrial action injunctive work. Ijeoma has recently advised on collective matters in the manufacturing, education, and healthcare sectors.
Her recent work includes advising on notices and ballot papers in respect of industrial action in the transport sector, acting for a trade union resisting an application for injunctive relief in the case of allegedly unlawful strike action and advising and acting for a number of local authority employers facing discontinuous industrial action.
Recent Reported Cases of Interest:
- Bailey v Stonewall and Garden Court (2022) – high profile discrimination claim by a barrister against her Chambers and a well-known charity.
- Wisbey v Commissioner of the City of London Police  EWCA Civ 650;  ICR 1485, CA – Court of Appeal authority on the principles of compensation in indirect discrimination claims.
- R (on the application of the Independent Workers’ Union of GB) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions  EWWHC 3050 (Admin);  ICR 372 – claim for judicial review seeking declaration that the United Kingdom had failed the properly transpose the health and safety at work and use of personal protective equipment directives into domestic law.
- Kilraine v Lion Academy Trust  EWCA Civ 551, CA – Court of Appeal decision fixed term contracts in the context of collective agreements in the education sector.
- Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd  EWCA Civ 900;  ICR 97, CA – Court of Appeal authority on shared parental leave.
- Adams v Kingdom Services Group Ltd  12 WLUK 127, EAT – appeal on deposit orders under the Employment Tribunal rules.
- Anderson v Turning Point Eespro  EWCA Civ 815,  ICR 1392 CA – Court of Appeal decision on reasonable adjustments for disabled claimants.
- R (on the application of Public and Commercial Services Union) v Minister for the Cabinet Office  EWHC 1787 (Admin) – judicial review claim on scope of duty to consult on changes to civil service exit payment scheme.