11KBW celebrates Pro Bono Week 2023


To celebrate Pro Bono Week, we have spoken with members about their current and ongoing Pro Bono matters:

Tom Ogg: as our current ‘Pro bono champion’, Tom has this week appeared in the Employment Tribunal in two separate matters.  He represented the Greater Share in a trial in the Employment Tribunal in a claim brought against an ex-employee which raised issues of estoppel and the terms under which notice of termination may be issued, instructed by Dechert.  Tomorrow he will be appearing at a Preliminary Hearing for a nanny bringing a claim against her former employer for unlawful deduction of wages, wrongful dismissal, and unpaid holiday pay, instructed by Baker McKenzie. Over the weekend, he trained this year’s student representatives on the School Exclusions Project (link: https://schoolexclusionproject.com), which is a project run by 11KBW, Matrix and City University whereby students represent young people in their appeals against being permanently excluded from school.

Christopher Knight represented a freedom of information requestor last week before the Court of Appeal on an important issue of principle concerning the conduct of the public interest balance test when applying exemptions. The information in issue concerned the conduct by the Government of trade working groups with other States following Brexit, including the USA. He was instructed by Leigh Day.

Patrick Halliday
hasrecently helped an exploited live-in housekeeper to recover 2 years’ arrears of the national minimum wage in an employment tribunal claim. He also represents appellants in the EAT via the ELAAS scheme every couple of months.

Andrew Edge will next week be appearing in a 2-day hearing in the Employment Appeal Tribunal for FRU / ELAAS pro bono

Aliya Al-Yassin before becoming a tenant in October completed the Advocate Pupil Pledge, highlighting her commitment to incorporating pro bono work into her practice.