Judy has a dynamic employment and commercial law practice. She is recognised as a leading junior in both Chamber and Partners and Legal 500. The most recent editions describe her as:
"One of the real stars of her generation of barristers" (Legal 500 2015)
“A rising star” and “immensely bright” (Chambers and Partners 2015)
Previous recent editions have included the following descriptions:
"A rising star."
"She's incredibly academic yet very approachable."
"Popular among instructing solicitors" with "an amazing brain" accompanied by "excellent instincts",
"Unflappable and blessed with great advocacy skills" and "easy to work with"
"great skill and marvellous manner".
Judy has particular expertise in sensitive cases that need careful tactical handling and those that require urgent action. She is regularly instructed in claims involving breaches of directors’ duties, fiduciary duties, duties of confidence and restrictive covenants, as well as in pension, bonus and other contractual disputes, including those with an international element. In the employment tribunal, Judy has considerable experience of high value whistleblowing and discrimination litigation.
Judy appears regularly in the High Court (both Chancery Division and QBD), employment tribunals, the county courts, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, and the Court of Appeal. She represents both claimants and respondents/defendants. Judy often acts as sole counsel and as a junior in multi-day and high value litigation in the High Court and in the employment tribunal.
She has appeared in a number of key and high profile cases including Mindimaxnox LLP v Gover (1) & Ho (2), a leading case on staying tribunal proceedings when there are concurrent High Court proceedings, Royal Mail Group v Communication Workers’ Union, concerning information and consultation under TUPE, MacCulloch v ICI, one of the first age discrimination appeals and Johal v Commission on Human Rights and Equalities, where she successfully defended a claim of discrimination on the grounds of maternity leave in the employment tribunal and the EAT.
Judy undertakes a wide range of advisory work. She advises with both claimants and respondents/defendants on a variety of employment and commercial matters. She has a particular interest in work with LLPs.
Judy graduated from Balliol College, Oxford with first class honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, receiving the Jenkins Prize. After graduation, she was awarded a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship to study at Harvard University. Judy was appointed a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. While at Harvard, Judy advised governments and international organisations on conflict prevention issues. Judy completed the law conversion course at City University. She was awarded a Princess Royal Scholarship from the Inner Temple for her legal studies.
She contributes the chapters on Directors and Retirement to Tolley’s Employment Handbook. She speaks frequently on issues relating to her areas of practice.
Judy is a member of ELA and ELBA.
Judy was on maternity leave from March 2014 until February 2015. She is quickly rebuilding her practice.
IFX (UK) Ltd v Abbassi and another QB
13 March 2015
Judy represented the successful defendants who were foreign exchange traders. The court refused to grant an injunction in favour of their former employer who sought to enforce restrictive covenants and protect confidential information. Judy’s clients were awarded their costs on an indemnity basis.
Recharge AS and others v Clover and others
Ch, Spring 2015
Judy represented the claimants in this application for delivery up and springboard relief in the renewable energy magazine sector. The matter has now settled.
Meadow Cheese v Sean Savage and others
Birmingham District Registry May 2015 (settled on day of hearing)
Judy represented the defendants in this application for delivery up, springboard relief and affidavit evidence in the dairy industry.
RFIB Group Ltd v Nigel Clark (1) & Willis Bermuda (2)
QBD, 2015 (settled on day of hearing)
Judy represented the First Defendant in the Claimant’s application to enforce a non-compete covenant and prevent him from taking up a new job in the Bermuda insurance industry.
Soh v Imperial College London
ET, March 2014 (currently on appeal to the EAT)
Judy is representing the Respondent university in this extremely complicated claim involving multiple allegations of discrimination, whistleblowing and victimisation brought by a former lecturer.
Riverside Industrial Equipment Ltd v Audsley
EAT, 1 May 2014
Judy represented the appellants and successfully overturned an employment tribunal’s decision to refuse to make a Polkey deduction.
Target Fixings v David Hall
Ch, June 2013 (settled on day of hearing)
Judy represented the Claimant in this litigation in the Chancery Division seeking an urgent injunction application in a thorny company family dispute.
Dawn Ellmore Employment Agency v Lloyd
QBD, June/July 2013 (settled on day of hearing)
Judy represented the Claimant in this urgent application for an interim injunction to prevent the Defendant from breaching covenants in his employment contract.
Croesus v Matthew Bradshaw & David Bradshaw
 EWHC 3685
Judy represented the Defendants in this multi-day High Court claim in conspiracy, malicious falsehood, breach of contract and inducement to breach contract brought by the Claimant company.
Mindimaxnox LLP v Gover (1) and Ho (2)
EAT, 7 December 2010
Judy with Martin Griffiths QC successfully appealed a tribunal decision refusing to stay proceedings in the light of concurrent High Court proceedings.
Rowe v BUPA
EAT, 9 July 2010 Obtained and successfully defended an ET decision striking out a race discrimination claim at “half time”.
Johal v Commission on Human Rights and Equalities
EAT, 2 July 2010 (appeal to Court of Appeal withdrawn by the Claimant)
Successfully argued before the ET and the EAT that the Respondent’s failure to advise an employee of a promotion opportunity during their maternity leave was not discriminatory.
MacCulloch v ICI Ltd (No 2)
EAT, 25 November 2009
Successful representation of the appellant in a case concerning remedies in unfair dismissal claims.
Royal Mail Group v Communication Workers’ Union
 ICR 1045, CA
Represented the Royal Mail Group in resisting the appeal of the Communication Workers’ Union in the first case to reach the Court of Appeal concerning the scope and nature of an employer’s obligations to inform and consult under TUPE. Junior to Adrian Lynch QC.
R (South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council v Lord Chancellor & Secretary of State for Justice
 ICR 1352, CA
Junior in judicial review concerning statutory construction of local government pension scheme currently in the Court of Appeal. Junior to Tim Kerr QC.
MacCulloch v ICI
 ICR 1334
Successful representation of the appellant in one of the first appeals to consider the age discrimination regulations – challenge to ICI’s redundancy scheme with potential effect on all ICI employees. Elias P held that tribunals must consider proportionality as well as the legitimacy of aims in looking at justification.
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