Sarah appears in Employment Tribunals, the EAT and Court of Appeal for both claimants and respondents spanning the full spectrum of employment law. She also carries out related work in the County Court and High Court, including claims for stress at work, breach of contract and service agreements, and injunctions relating to restrictive covenants.
She has a loyal client base which includes the British Medical Association, NHS Trusts, police forces, local authorities and large national employers.
Recent work includes:
- Advising the BMA in relation to test cases claiming age discrimination arising from the introduction of the 2015 NHS Pension Scheme, in which liability has now been admitted.
- Novak v Chandler Bars Group Ltd – Successfully represented Ms Novak in a test case on the worker’s rights of strippers. Ms Novak has secured worker status and will go on to claim detriment arising from trade union activities and unpaid holiday pay.
- Hallett v Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  EWCA Civ 1394 – Instructed as sole junior led by Mark Sutton QC and John Cavanagh QC in a major BMA test case which successfully challenged the way in which some NHS Trusts monitor hours and rest for junior doctors and calculate pay banding supplements. Sarah advised the project team on merits, evidence, procedure and tactics and represented Dr Hallett in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Permission to appeal to the Supreme Court has been applied for.
- Brangwyn v South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust  EWCA Civ 2235 – Represented Mr Brangwyn, an occupational therapist, in the Court of Appeal at the permission and full hearing stage on a pro bono basis. Mr Brangwyn was a carpenter with a blood phobia who provided occupational therapy for the Respondent’s patients and was dismissed when changes were made to his job description requiring him to go onto hospital wards. The judgment clarified the law in relation to the identification of a PCP for the purpose of reasonable adjustment claims under the Equality Act 2010.
- Advising the BMA and negotiating whistle blowing protection for Junior Doctors as against Health Education England and Health Education and Improvement Wales.
- Stewart v NHS Business Services Authority  EWHC 2285 (Ch)– Successfully represented Dr Stewart in his High Court appeal from the Pension Ombudsman’s refusal of temporary injury allowance after diseases contracted from a mosquito bite whilst at a conference in India left him unable to work. The judgment provides guidance as to the steps required to determine whether a particular activity is “in the course of employment”, a phrase adopted by numerous employment benefits regulations as a condition of eligibility.