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MARTIN FODDER

 

The primary area of Martin's practice is employment but he also has considerable experience of  professional liability, commercial and construction litigation.

Martin is listed in Employment Law in the current editions of  Chambers UK Guide and Legal 500.  He has been described in earlier editions of those publications as "free from any airs and graces and extremely easy to deal with. "Very calm and collected, he can explain things clearly to clients in a non-legalistic manner." He is "incredibly knowledgeable on whistle-blowing issues" has "many fans” and being  "thorough and bright" and "an expert on TUPE matters”

He is an ADR Group Accredited Mediator and has acted as Mediator in over a dozen employment and professional negligence disputes through Littleton Dispute Resolution Services Limited.

 

    General Employment

Martin acts for employers and employees in most areas of employment law.

At appellate level his appearances include cases on jurisdiction of employment tribunals over overseas employments; Jackson v Ghost Inc [2003] IRLR 824 and Financial Times v Bishop EAT [2003]. Dan Tran v Greenwich Vietnam Community [2002] IRLR 735 CA concerned the duty of an ET to give reasons. Martin acted for the successful employer/respondent in Hepworths plc v Akers EAT [2003] on the introduction of new terms and conditions by employers and role of the law relating to duress in those situations. Other appellate work includes Hinton v University of East London CA [2005] IRLR 552 on compromise agreements; Governing Body of St Albans School v Neary CA [2010] IRLR 124 on ET procedure and orders for costs in the Court of Appeal; BP v Elstone [2010] IRLR 558 on the meaning of "employer” in the whistleblowing legislation, Bournemouth Borough Council v Leadbeater [2011] UKEAT on the procedure for and principles to be applied in a review of a default judgment and Howman v The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn [2013] EAT  on costs in the ET HCL Safety Ltd v Flaherty  [2013] UKEAT 0021_13_1107  on the proper test for unfair dismissal.

  • Contributor to the Law Society Guide to the Equality Act
  • Co-author (with John Bowers QC, Jeremy Lewis and Jack Mitchell) of "Whistleblowing, Law and Practice" (now in its second, 2012, edition), cumulative updater is available by clicking here
  • Contributor to Transfer of Undertakings, Lewis, Thomson Sweet and Maxwell, ongoing.

    Discrimination

Discrimination law is a further area of expertise in which Martinhas acted for and advised (amongst others)

  • a major UK airline resisting an allegation of sex discrimination
  • a major financial plc resisting allegations of sex discrimination and harassment
  • a firm of solicitors in respect of a race discrimination claim brought by an ex solicitor employee
  • a social worker training quango in respect of a race discrimination claim
  • an NHS Trust resisting claims for equal pay from 5 female consultants
  • Universities resisting race discrimination and victimisation claims
  • A children's charity resisting a claim of disability discrimination
  • A non departmental government body resisting claim of failure to make reasonable adjustments in respect of a disabled applicant for employment
  • The Bar Standards Board in relation to a claim of disability discrimination against the board (Islam v BSB, [2012] All ER (D) 05 (Aug). One of the first cases on the meaning of "Competence Standard" in the Equality Act
  • A construction company resisting claims of age discrimination.
  • An NHS Trust resisting claims of race discrimination and victimisation by a consultant surgeon
  • A bank resisting claims of race discrimination and victimisation by its head of risk.

Joint Editor of the 2010 and 2012 editions of the Equal Opportunities volumes of Atkin: Court Forms (Butterworths) and is a contributor to the Law Society’s Guide to the Equality Act.


 


 

    Competition from Ex Employees

Discrimination law is a further area of expertise in which Martin has acted for and advised (amongst others)

  • a major UK airline resisting an allegation of sex discrimination
  • a major financial plc resisting allegations of sex discrimination and harassment
  • a firm of solicitors in respect of a race discrimination claim brought by an ex solicitor employee
  • a social worker training quango in respect of a race discrimination claim
  • an NHS Trust resisting claims for equal pay from 5 female consultants
  • Universities resisting race discrimination and victimisation claims
  • A children's charity resisting a claim of disability discrimination
  • A non departmental government body  resisting claim of failure to make reasonable adjustments in respect of a disabled applicant for employment
  • The Bar Standards Board in relation to a claim of disability discrimination against the board (Islam v BSB, [2012] All ER (D) 05 (Aug). One of the first cases on the meaning of "Competence Standard" in the Equality Act
  • A construction company resisting claims of age discrimination.


He was Joint Editor of the Equal Opportunities volume of Atkin: Court Forms (Butterworths) (2012) and is a contributor to the Law Society’s Guide to the Equality Act.

    Tupe

In the area of Transfer of Undertakings Martin has again advised or acted for a wide range of clients including an airline, a major insurance company, outsourcing contractors, solicitors and local/regional government institutions. He has fought and advised on a number of cases concerning the service provider change provisions of TUPE 2006. He appeared in Playle v Churchill Insurance (EAT) on the issue of whether an economic entity retained its identity following a transfer. He is a Contributor to "Transfer of Undertakings", Sweet & Maxwell (ongoing) and to "Cross Border Transfers and Employee Rights" Tothill 2004 ed. Susan Mayne and has written various articles with John Bowers on this area. Recent TUPE work includes:

  • Jones v Cornwall County Council and Others: Bristol ET: whether TUPE 3 (1) (b) applied where the Law Society changed the composition of a panel of solicitors providing advice via a national helpline. Issues of fragmentation
  • Defence of claim for protective award on failure to consult on takeover of building materials supplier, when were duties of consultation engaged?
  • Claim against local authority that there was a service provision transfer when housing maintenance work was brought back in house even though work was on a call down basis and had been considerably reduced in volume
  • Defence of a claim that the employment of the MD of a company transferred where the principal client of the business of that company changed contractors
  • Conduct of a claim that there was a transfer of undertaking when a council ceased to us services of outside contractor for housing repair
  • Defence of claim of breach of the information and consultation provisions on transfer/appropriate protective award.

    Whistleblowing

Recent Whistleblowing work includes:-

  • Employment Appeal Tribunal; BP PLC (appellant) v. ELSTONE and another (respondents) [2010] IRLR 558. Instructed by BP: allegedly protected disclosures made whilst employed by a previous employer. Issue of law as to whether worker protected in those circumstances or whether employer at the time of the disclosure has to be the same as the employer at the time of the detriment/dismissal.
  • Employment Appeal Tribunal: Western Union Payment Services UK Ltd v Anastasiou [2014] UKEAT 0135_13_1205, instructed by worker, consideration of whether disclosure had to specify relevant failure, whether opinion could constitute information, whether person inflicting detriment had to know of protected disclosure and requirements of a reasoned decision that worker had been subjected to detriment for making a protected disclosure.
  • Birmingham Employment Tribunal Successful defence of a claim that employees had been dismissed because they had made protected disclosures. Claim dismissed because disclosures were not made in good faith and in any event had not been the reason or principal reason for the dismissals.
  • Acting for an NHS Trust in relation to claims by consultant surgeon that he was victimised for making protected disclosures. 6 week hearing concluded with a substantial costs award in favour of the trust.
  • Acting for a solicitor employed by NHS Trust
  • Acting for the Head of Asset Management of a major international bank
Martin is co-author (with John Bowers QC, Jeremy Lewis and Jack Mitchell) of "Whistleblowing, Law and Practice" (now in its second, 2012, edition), a leading text which is cited in many of significant CA and EAT authorities. A cumulative updater is available by clicking here

 

 

    Regulatory & Disciplinary Legal Practice

Instructed as Legal Adviser to the General Optical Council. Experience includes work in relation to cases before:

  • the Bar Standards Board (for the regulator)
  • the disciplinary committee of a political party (for the party and also as legal adviser)
  • the Conduct Committee of the General Social Care Council (for the registrant)
  • The Gangmasters Licensing Authority and Appointed Persons appointed under The Gangmasters (Appeals) Regulations 2006.

    Partnership & LLPs

Advice, representation and mediation in respect of disputes and issues between partners and members of LLP as to rights, liabilities and indemnities under partnership and LLP agreements including restraint of trade issues. Discrimination claims as between partners.

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