Jen Coyne

Professional Summary

Called 2016

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Jen has a varied practice which encompasses public, public procurement, employment, commercial litigation, and information law. She frequently appears in the High Court, County Court, Employment Tribunal, and First-tier and Upper Tribunal.

Jen’s focus on the intersection of public and commercial law underpins her specialisms in commercial litigation, commercial judicial review and procurement law. She often works with clients in the nascent stages of litigation to strategically prevent adverse decisions. She is available to work on an urgent basis.

Within her employment practice, Jen is experienced as sole counsel in multi-day trials. She is deeply familiar with the wide range of issues parties face in this area, from litigation on breach of fiduciary duties, to discrimination.

Specialisms

Employment

Jen practises across the full spectrum of employment law in the Tribunal and High Court. She acts for both claimants and respondents. As sole counsel, Jen has substantial experience of handling cases which relate to breach of fiduciary duties, complex allegations of whistleblowing, all heads of discrimination under the Equality Act 2010, breach of contract, holiday pay, and unfair dismissal.

In addition to her trial experience, Jen is practiced in a wide range of interim matters that arise commercial employment litigation – from making and resisting anonymisation applications in the Tribunal, to costs limitation applications in the Court of Appeal.

A sample of Jen’s recent work as sole counsel includes:

  • Acting for the respondent in a sexual harassment claim for alleged “man-spreading” (Neate v Peterborough Regional College 3400434/2017).
  • Acting for the claimant in claims for unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and holiday pay (Hayler and Bretherton v Annecto UK Ltd 3201807/2018, 3201808/2018).
  • Acting for the respondent in claims for race discrimination and unfair dismissal (Da Costa v Boots Management Services Ltd 3327712/2017).
  • Acting for the respondent in a claim for direct disability discrimination, failure to make reasonable adjustments, sexual harassment and unfair and wrongful dismissal (Halton v Rutland Cycling Ltd 3305596/2018).
  • Acting for the claimant in the determination of employment status (Waithe v Barts NHS Trust 3200850/2028).
  • Acting for the respondent in an unfair dismissal claim on conduct (Chojak v Hilton Foods UK Ltd 3400516/2017).
  • Acting for the respondent in an unfair dismissal on redundancy (Hollingsworth and Lawson v Huntingdon District Council 3302895/2018, 3302897/2018).
  • Acting for the respondent in the determination of disability status (Troughton v Croner Group Ltd 2601846/2018).

During pupillage, Jen developed further experience by working with leading employment practitioners on matters including:

  • Injunctive relief in team move and proposed strike cases (assisting Simon Forshaw and John Cavanagh QC, respectively).
  • Territorial jurisdiction, in Ravisy v Simmons & Simmons LLP & Mr C Taylor 2200166/2017 and 2200949/2017 (assisting Daniel Stilitz QC).
  • The influence of public law principles on employment law, in relation to contractual disciplinary procedures, following the Supreme Court’s judgment in Bragaza v BP Shipping Ltd [2015] UKSC 17 (assisting John Cavanagh QC).

Public Procurement

Jen has a fast-developing practice in public procurement law. Her recent work includes:

  • Led by prominent practitioner James Goudie QC, advising on and settling the particulars of claim under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 for a challenge to the procurement of a contract worth £42m in the healthcare sector. The threatened challenge achieved the client’s objective: the reopening of negotiations with the contracting authority.
  • As sole counsel, acting for the interested party, the successful tenderer in a procurement for a contract worth £385m, in MLS (Overseas) Ltd v The Secretary of State for Defence (2017) EWHC 3389 (TCC). The challenge was brought to the contract award by an unsuccessful tenderer, under the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011.
  • As sole counsel, delivering external assurance for the procurement process for a high-profile contract worth £490m for a central government department, under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The procurement has stood, unchallenged.

Public Law and Human Rights

Jen advises and acts for both claimants and respondents in a wide range of public law challenges. She is particularly interested in the intersection of public and commercial law, and how public law can be utilised to work for businesses facing adverse regulatory decisions.

Jen’s experience in bringing and defending judicial review claims includes:

  • Led by James Goudie QC, representing two claimant local authorities in a claim against the Secretary of State in relation to a local government reorganisation. The claim is ongoing.
  • As sole counsel, advising a potential claimant in the third-sector, which was having its grant reviewed by the grant-making public authority, on judicial review strategy and preliminary tactics to take with the authority in that process. The review was successfully resolved in its favour.
  • Led by Peter Oldham QC, representing a defendant local authority in a claim in relation to a school closure, with the successful outcome that permission to bring the claim was refused on the papers.
  • Led by Peter Oldham QC, and with Zac Sammour, acting for the claimant, a victim of human trafficking, in a judicial review of the Legal Aid Agency’s refusal to waive the statutory charge for legal aid in R (Tirkey) v Director of Legal Aid Casework [2017] EWHC 3403 (Admin), QBD.
  • Led by Jason Coppel QC, advising a potential claimant on the merits of a challenge to the Data Protection Act 2018.

Commercial

Jen has experience advising, drafting and acting, across chambers’ diverse commercial dispute resolution work – from business protection to fraud. She has appeared in both the High Court and County Court. She is particularly well placed to assist with commercial matters involving elements of public or employment law, but her practice extends well beyond this.

A sample of Jen’s recent work includes:

  • As sole counsel in the High Court, acting for an Applicant for an injunction to restrain the presentation of a winding up petition (ongoing).
  • Assisting the Claimant in case preparation in the high-profile Bank Mellat v HM Treasury litigation (a $4bn claim against the UK Government for loss in relation to breach of A1P1 ECHR rights by unlawful sanctions, in the Commercial Court).
  • Led by Julian Wilson, advising a foreign client on defending a £100,000 claim for breach of contract arising out of an employment relationship.

Data Protection and Information Law

Jen has experience in all areas of chambers’ data protection and information law. She regularly acts for the Information Commissioner, and translates her perspective developed through this work to assist private clients.

A sample of Jen’s recent work includes:

  • In the Upper Tribunal, acting for the Information Commissioner to successfully resist an appeal against a refusal to grant anonymity within proceedings (D v Information Commissioner [2018] UKUT 441 (AAC)).
  • In the First-tier Tribunal, acting for the Information Commissioner to successfully resist an appeal against a Monetary Penalty Notice of £300,000 in relation to automated marketing calls in breach of PECR 2003 (Holmes Financial Solutions v Information Commissioner EA/2018/0030).
  • Led by James Goudie QC, assisting a public authority to draft a response to the Information Commissioner’s investigation in an appeal against the authority’s decision under FOIA 2000 and DPA 1998. A positive result was achieved as the appeal was dismissed by the Commissioner.
  • Settling Defences in various claims under PECR 2003 made in the County Court.
  • Providing high-level advice to a private client on the application of exemptions under the DPA 2018, in response to a subject access request made during litigation.

Other

Jen is a Grand Finalist of the World University Debating Championship 2012, for the Oxford Union Debating Society.

Prior to becoming a barrister, Jen worked with international NGOs in Delhi, Berlin and London, as well in diversity outreach at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Whilst training for the Bar, Jen acted as an appeal advocate for excluded school students, through the Communities Empowerment Network. She is now a mentor on 11KBW’s School Exclusion Project.

Awards

2016, Administrative Law Bar Association Annual Summer Conference Scholarship

2015, Bedingfield Scholarship (top BPTC award, The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn)

2015, BPTC Scholarship (BPP Law School)

2014, David Karmel Award (top GDL award, The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn)

2014, Full GDL Tuition Pro Bono Scholarship (top GDL award, Kaplan Law School)

2012, Brasenose College Prize for Finals Results (Brasenose College, University of Oxford)

2012, Grand Finalist, World University Debating Championship

Education

2016, BPTC, BPP University, as a Bedingfield Scholar for The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

2015, GDL, Kaplan Law School, as a Karmel Scholar for The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

2013, MSc International Relations Research (Distinction), London School of Economics and Political Science

2012, BA Philosophy Politics and Economics (First Class), University of Oxford, Brasenose College

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