Christopher Jeans QC

Christopher Jeans

Professional Summary

Called 1980 Appointed QC 1997

Contact Details

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Described as “one of the all-time greats” of employment law, Christopher Jeans QC has appeared in most of the leading employment cases of the modern era. His practice covers all areas of individual and collective employment law. He has won (and regularly been nominated for) the Chambers & Partners Employment Law Silk of the Year.

Chris is listed in the Chambers & Partners Bar 100 (listing him as one of the top QCs at the bar) where he is described as being “super in conference, and excellent with written opinions”. He is valued for his “ability to relate to clients and put them at ease on even the most complex of issues”.

Christopher Jeans also has significant expertise and experience in high-profile media and sports cases, often as an off shoot to his “cutting edge” employment work.

A popular speaker and engaging communicator, Christopher Jeans has broadcasted on TV and radio and regularly speaks on employment law to a variety of legal and non-legal audiences.

Specialisms

Employment

Since beginning full-time practice at the bar, employment law has always been the major area of his practice and for many years he has worked almost exclusively in this field. His practice covers all areas of individual and collective employment law including contractual disputes, wrongful dismissal, membership disputes, unfair dismissal, transfer of undertakings, redundancy, discrimination (including equal pay) and the full range of statutory employment claims. He also handles internal disciplinary hearings.
Examples of work in this field include:

Paturel v DB Group Services (United Kingdom) Limited
[2016] IRLR 286 , [2015] EWHC 3659 (QB), QB, November 13 2015
Employer not in breach of contract when it exercised its discretion to award a financial trader a smaller annual bonus than was awarded to others.

CD v ST
[2014] EqLR 298, ECJ, March 18 2014, C167/12
Female worker whose baby is carried by a surrogate not entitled to maternity leave.

Geys v Société Générale, London Branch
[2012] UKSC 63, [2013] 2 WLR 50; [2013] IRLR 122
A party’s repudiation of a contract of employment did not automatically terminate the contact. The contract would only be terminated if and when the other party elected to accept the repudiation.

Andrew Coulson v News Group Newspapers
[2012] ICR 385 High Court [2011] EWHC 3482 QBD, December 21 2011 [2012] IRLR 385, [2013] IRLR 116 (CA)
Claim by News of the World Editor under compromise agreement.

Sports

“He’s very good at cases where reputational issue is at stake.” Chambers and Partners

“He is one of the most senior and respected silks around, and brings that gravitas into the sports sector”  Chambers and Partners

Christopher Jeans’ sports work has developed as an offshoot of employment, particularly in relation to football. His expertise and experience in this area is wide ranging and includes advising in relation to the establishment of the Premier League, manager “bungs” enquiries and disciplinary measures, contractual issues concerning footballers/managers/ clubs/ sponsors /agents. He is regularly nominated to sit on football arbitrations.

Recommendations

“One of the all-time greats” Chambers and Partners

“He is superb and is always completely on the money with his advice.” Chambers and Partners

“A superstar at the employment Bar; he is absolutely committed to each case” Legal 500

“He has real gravitas and is excellent with clients.” Chambers and Partners

“His disarming modesty hides his razor-sharp intellect” Chambers and Partners

“He is the exceptional employment advocate, who knows everything about employment law” Legal 500

“Continues to perform at the top of his game” Legal 500

“Supremely talented, he is a go-to silk, especially for public sector employment law issues” Chambers and Partners

“One of the UK’s leading employment lawyers; he fights every hearing as a matter of life or death”  Legal 500

“He’s very good at cases where reputational issue is at stake.” Chambers and Partners

“He is one of the most senior and respected silks around, and brings that gravitas into the sports sector”  Chambers and Partners

“A first-rate employment silk with an excellent understanding of sport-related work” Legal 500

“He is an extremely successful barrister, who is strong and able, but has a human touch too.” Chambers and Partners

“He has an absolutely masterful command of the law.” Chambers and Partners

“He is uniquely engaging and a persuasive advocate.” Legal 500

Recent Cases

IWGB v Roofoods Ltd t/a Deliveroo
[2018] IRLR 84,TUR1/985(2016), CAC, November 14 2017
High profile “gig economy” case in the wake of the Uber judgment about whether flexible casuals (here “Deliveroo riders”) qualify for “worker” status.

Fenton v Asda Stores
[2017] IRLR 785, EAT, June 20 2017
Multiple equal pay claims made by claimants who were performing different jobs could not be included in the same ET1 claim form.

Brierley and (over 7000) others v Asda Stores Limited (2017)
Acting for Asda in the largest ever private sector equal pay claim. Described as a “pathfinder” case, as it will set parameters for similar claims against other retailers and private employers generally.

Quaid and (over 300) others v IBM (2016)
Acting for employer (IBM) in mass age discrimination and unfair dismissal claims arising from changes to pension schemes and early retirement policy.

Edmundson and others v News Group Newspapers Limited (2016)
Group of unfair dismissal claims by journalists dismissed as result of criminal involvement in the News of the World “phone hacking” scandal.

Education

Michenden (Comprehensive) School [1967-1974]

King’s College London University [1974-1977] LLB degree

St. John’s College, Oxford University [1977-1979] BCL degree

Other

Part-time Chairman of Employment Tribunals 1998-2008. Recorder 2009 onwards.

Bencher of Gray’s Inn

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