Leo joined Chambers upon successful completion of pupillage in 2015. His pupillage supervisors were Jonathan Moffett, Marcus Pilgerstorfer and Jane McCafferty. He accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice, with a focus on commercial, financial services and employment law. Leo is currently seconded to the Financial Conduct Authority two days a week.
During pupillage, Leo assisted on several cases involving team moves, springboard injunctions, fiduciary duties, economic torts, misrepresentation and deceit. He also helped draft advice on topics including contractual damages and regulatory and tortious liability.
FINANCIAL SERVICES LAW
Leo has undertaken two secondments to the FCA. His first, in 2014, was in an Enforcement team, assisting the FCA in actions against firms and individuals. His second, in the Enforcement Law and Policy team, was full-time between October 2015 and March 2016, and continues part-time two days a week. He has advised the FCA on a broad range of topics, including:
- the FCA’s supervision, investigation and enforcement powers (including its penalty policy);
- its competition powers;
- the implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR), the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and other EU instruments.
As well as the more commercial aspects of employment, Leo has been involved in cases of unfair and wrongful dismissal, various forms of discrimination under the Equality Act and EU instruments (including age, disability and pregnancy/maternity), holiday pay and trade union disputes. He has assisted in cases in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Supreme Court. He has also represented Claimants pro bono under the auspices of the Free Representation Unit (FRU).
Leo has assisted in several high profile cases in the Admin Court, including challenges by local authorities to Government decisions. These cases have exposed him to the full range of duties on public bodies under statute, the Human Rights Act, EU law and principles of administrative law, including the duty to consult.
Leo has assisted in cases in both the Admin Court and the First-Tier Tribunal, encompassing Freedom of Information, Data Protection, Privacy and Electronic Communications and Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. He also has experience of the interplay between information law and other areas, such as regulatory and employment law.
Before coming to the Bar, Leo graduated with a First in Classics from King’s College, Cambridge, winning the Walter Headlam Prize for his dissertation. He was awarded a Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition and Astbury Scholarship from Middle Temple, and an Excellence Award from BPP.
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