Employment Tribunal litigation
Madeline advises and represents individuals, trade unions and employers in all areas of employment law. Her recent clients include individuals supported by most of the major trade unions, several NHS Trusts, a well-known law firm, and employers in the banking, hospitality and higher education sectors.
Madeline has significant experience running claims involving multiple claimants. She has recently been instructed on several large multiples including claims for holiday pay, unauthorised deductions from wages and age discrimination.
Madeline is an experienced appellate advocate.
Madeline’s recent significant cases in the Employment Tribunal or on appeal include:
- Miles v Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency  IRLR 630 led by Betsan Criddle KC. EAT judgment on disability discrimination/health and safety dismissals in the Covid 19 context.
- Ranson v Department of Health and Social Care (Isle of Man Employment Tribunal, 2022 and 2023) led by Oliver Segal KC. Whistleblowing claims brought by the Medical Director on the Isle of Man. Dr Ranson was awarded £3.19m.
- Pitcher v (1) University of Oxford (2) St John’s College  ICR 338 led by Nadia Motraghi KC. EAT judgment about whether the compulsory age for academics at Oxford University constituted direct age discrimination.
- Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy v Parry  ICR 1807 led by Nicola Newbegin. Court of Appeal judgment on whether paragraphs of the Employment Tribunal rules were ultra vires.
Madeline advises on ballot papers and notices for the purposes of industrial action. She has defended applications for strike injunctions led variously by Oliver Segal KC and Betsan Criddle KC. Madeline has significant experience of disputes falling within the jurisdiction of the Central Arbitration Committee and the Certification Officer.
She is currently instructed on several large unlawful inducement (section 145B) multiples.
Madeline’s reported cases include:
- (1) National Union of Rail Maritime and Transport Workers (2) Unite the Union v Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive t/a Nexus  ICR 148 led by Lord Hendy KC. Court of Appeal judgment on whether it is possible (in law) to rectify a collective agreement.
- Independent Workers of Great Britain v (1) Central Arbitration Committee (2) Roofoods t/a Deliveroo  ICR 84 led by Lord Hendy KC and Katharine Newton KC. Court of Appeal judgment on collective bargaining in the gig economy (Article 11 of the ECHR). The Supreme Court heard an appeal in April 2023 (judgment not yet handed down).
- NUPFC v Certification Officer  ICR 1397 led by Lord Hendy KC and Katharine Newton KC. Court of Appeal judgment on whether a union comprising individuals working under foster care agreements is eligible for inclusion on the list of trade unions kept by the Certification Officer
High Court and County Court litigation
Madeline acts in matters concerning bonuses, notice periods, confidential information and post-termination restrictions. She has recently been instructed on behalf of individuals and businesses in the property, public relations and medical sectors.
Her led work includes Dixon v North Bristol NHS Trust  EWHC 1871 (QB) (confidential information in the employment context led by Nicola Newbegin).
In the county court, Madeline is regularly instructed in goods and services discrimination matters and has recently advised on these claims in sectors as diverse as construction and social care.
Madeline regularly advises on civil procedure, cost budgeting, general costs recovery and litigation tactics.