As set out about above, Roz has been instructed in many different types of employment and discrimination claims, dealing with a wide variety of statutory provisions. Appearing in Employment Tribunals almost every week and very often for multiple days, Roz has experience of dealing with final hearings ranging from 1 to 10 days in length.
Roz regularly undertakes a wide variety of Employment Tribunal hearings ranging from preliminary hearings to multi-day final hearings. She has experience of dealing with many different cases including those concerning:
• Discrimination (including direct, indirect, s15, failure to make reasonable adjustments, harassment and victimisation)
• Unfair and wrongful dismissal
• Breach of contract
• Wages claims (including unlawful deductions and breach of Pay Regulations)
• Equal Pay
• Working Time Regulations (including holiday pay)
• Industrial action
• Protective awards
• Health & Safety
• Flexible working
• Parental rights including those relating to maternity leave.
Particular issues that arise across such areas which Roz has significant experience in advising and advocating on are jurisdiction (including territorial, time and status issues), pensions, ACAS Code breaches, strike-out/deposit applications, estoppel/abuse and privilege.
It is not just Employment Tribunals matters that Roz has appeared in. She has also been instructed in hearings in the Court of Appeal and before the EAT, including an appeal against an order of the Registrar and Rule 3(10) hearings, as well as being led in full hearings (such as Carillion v Benson & Ors, Lofty v Hamis and Bamieh v EULEX & Ors). She has undertaken various High Court work including solely representing a Claimant in a claim for breach of contract pleaded at over £200,000 and acting as junior to Ben Cooper KC in the Police Overtime Claims Litigation (including conducting 3 ½ days of the trial as sole Counsel when Ben was suddenly unable to attend). Roz has also represented the Defendant in an application hearing before the High Court in a claim arising out of employment, where there were also associated employment tribunal proceedings and assisted in some of the Blacklisting High Court litigation, including drafting Claimant Specific Particulars of Claim and collating losses information.
Roz represents both Claimants and Respondents. She has significant experience representing both Claimants who are assisted by a Union and those who are pursuing the claim on a private basis. She is very familiar with representing small businesses and large organisations alike and understands the different considerations arising from representing private companies and public bodies, including NHS Trusts.
It is not only advocacy work that Roz undertakes and she regularly completes written work in employment matters. She has considerable experience of:
• Drafting grounds of complaint and grounds of response
• Producing lists of issues
• Advising on liability and quantum in employment matters, as well as drawing on her experience of writing opinions in personal injury matters
• Advising on witness statements in the full range of claims she deals with
• Drafting witness statements when not instructed as the advocate in the case including in claims concerning equal pay, unfair dismissal and disability discrimination (including impact statements where the question of whether the Claimant is disabled is in dispute)
• Drafting schedules and counter-schedules
• Formulating applications to the Tribunal.
Since Roz undertakes a mixed practice, she is able to draw upon her experience in personal injury matters where this crosses into the employment realm, especially in those cases concerning stress or harassment for example. It is also of particular assistance when dealing with experts and when calculating large and/or complex quantum matters (and with her maths background Roz is very happy dealing with schedules or counter-schedules where required).
Roz is also keen to accept instructions in cases involving discrimination in a non-employment context.
Roz was previously co-author of the Westlaw Insight articles on deductions from wages, holiday pay, and gratuities and tips. She regularly takes part in the Whistleblowing Quarterly Round-Up held by Protect and is a member of Maternity Action’s Legal Working Group.