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Jane McNeill QC (Investigator/Mediator – no longer in practice as a barrister)

Queen’s Counsel

Silk: 2002 | Call: 1982

“Pragmatic, methodical and incredibly calm.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

“She’s someone you want on your side, a fearsome opponent.”

Chambers & Partners 2017

“She is intelligent, calm and logical, and gives very clear advice.”

Legal 500

Overview

Jane McNeill QC was called to the Bar in 1982, became a QC in 2002 and is no longer in practice as a barrister. She is now an Honorary Member (door tenant) of Old Square Chambers.

She specialised in the fields of employment, discrimination, personal injury and clinical negligence.  As junior and then leading Counsel, she was involved in many leading cases (see the list below), including, latterly, cases with a specific employment/personal injury law overlap.

She sits as a Recorder in the County Court (appointed 2006) and as an Employment Judge (fee-paid) (appointed 2000).  Since 2014, she has been a member of the Council (board) of Acas, where she has chaired committees and been involved in overseeing good practice guidance aimed at supporting good relationships between employers and employees and managing conflict in the workplace where it arises.  She was joint Head of Old Square Chambers from 2009-2015.

Jane qualified as a mediator in 2002.  She has facilitated the resolution of many difficult disputes across a range of sectors, including the education, health and finance sectors.  Following a recent mediation, the lawyer for one of the parties described her as “the perfect mediator” who had handled the mediation in a way which was “professional, courteous and patient”.

Jane also carries out investigations and chairs panels considering disciplinary, grievance and wider cultural workplace issues.  In the past, these have included investigations in the legal, schools and higher education sectors.

Jane has been ranked as a leading silk in the directories for many years, most recently (2018) being described as “a brilliant counsel, who is patient, firm and decisive” and “highly knowledgeable in the crossover between employment and medical law”.    She is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge and has been a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn since 2007.

The well-known and leading cases in which Jane has appeared include:

  • Beatt v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 401 – whistleblowing
  • Chhabra v West London Mental Health NHS Trust[2014] ICR 194 – Supreme Court, application of disciplinary processes in the NHS
  • Yapp v Foreign and Commonwealth Office [2013] IRLR 616 – mental ill-health caused by failure of due process in application of disciplinary procedures
  • British Airways plc v. Williams & Others [2012] UKSC 43, Supreme Court and CJEU – leading cases on the principles and calculation of holiday pay brought by c. 2700 pilots
  • Michalak v. Mid Yorks Hospitals NHS Trust ET 2011  – doctor awarded £4.3 million compensation for sex and race discrimination
  • Gibb v. Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust [2010] EWCA Civ 678 – ultra vires payment of compensation and restitution
  • Gutridge & others v. Sodexo Ltd [2009] EWCA Civ 729; [2009] IRLR 721: Test case on time limits under the Equal Pay Act 1970 where TUPE transfer
    BA v. Grundy [2008] IRLR 74:  assessing disparate impact in a predominantly female workforce
    Hallam v. Avery [2001] ICR 408 – House of Lords vicarious liability for acts of discrimination;
    Preston v. Wolverhampton Healthcare NHS Trust  [1998] ICR 227 – House of Lords and ECJ the test cases involving the pension rights of part-time workers
    Barclays Bank plc v. Kapur and others [1991] ICR 208 – House of Lords – test cases on continuing acts of discrimination.

 

Education

BA Hons in Modern Languages (French and Italian): University of Oxford 1975-1979

Diploma in Law: City University – 1980-1981

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Key contacts

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William Meade 020 7269 0360 wmeade@oldsquare.co.uk
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