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JEREMY LEWIS

 

Jeremy’s principal areas of practice are employment law and commercial litigation.  In 2009 Chambers and Partners referred to him as "shrewd and determined” and Legal 500 commented that he "stands out as 'hard working'and "'ready to get his hands dirty".   In 2008 Chambers and Partners noted that "clients have a 'great deal of faith' in [his] advice....and described him as "extremely hard-working, exacting, commercial and good on his feet", and the 2007 edition commented that he "can be relied on for 'sage advice' on a variety of employment law issues".

He is the General Editor of the leading work on Transfer of Undertakings (Sweet & Maxwell, looseleaf), the co-author of the leading work on Whistleblowing (OUP, 2007) and contributor to or co-author of other leading works in employment law including on Employment Covenants and Confidential Information, Termination of Employment, and Equal Opportunities. 

In 2009 he was appointed as a part time Employment Judge (for the Nottingham region).  He is also an ADR accredited mediator.

 

    Employment

Jeremy is recommended as a leader in the field of employment law by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.  He is a part time employment judge (East Anglia region), and author of a number of leading employment law works.  He is General Editor of Transfer of Undertakings (Sweet & Maxwell, looseleaf), co-author (with John Bowers QC, Martin Fodder and Jack Mitchell) of Whistleblowing, Law and Practice (OUP, 2012) and is a contributor to Brearley and Bloch, Employment covenants and confidential information (Tottel, 2009)

Jeremy’s practice covers all forms of employment law in the civil courts, EAT and employment tribunal, and also before the CAC.  He has acted in a number of the landmark cases in the field, including Celtec and others v Astley (transfer of undertakings, in the House of Lords and European Court of Justice), Kuzel v Roche Products Limited (whistleblowing, Court of Appeal), Matthews and others v Kent and Medway Town Fire Authority (part-time workers, House of Lords), Sodexo Limited v Gutridge and others (equal pay, TUPE, Court of Appeal), Arnold v Sandwell MBC (equal pay, grievances, Court of Appeal), R v CAC ex parte Kwik Fit (GB) Limited and R v CAC ex parte BBC (union recognition, Court of Appeal/ High Ct), Dunnachie v Kingston upon Hull CC (unfair dismissal, House of Lords), Gibson v East Riding Yorkshire District Council (Working time, Court of Appeal).

    Business Protection

Jeremy regularly acts in claims for injunctive relief, primarily in cases involving restraint of trade, confidentiality, intellectual property and fiduciary duty issues concerning employees, directors and/or shareholders or vendor/purchaser cases. He has been instructed in a wide range of business sectors including recruitment consultancy, internet travel, journalism, inter-dealer broking, insurance broking, engineering, computing, retail, telecommunications, solicitors and, NHS Trusts. His team move cases have included Tullet Prebon v BGC Brokers [2010] IRLR 648 (acting for the ten brokers moving to BGC against whom extended garden leave injunctions were sought) and Paul Wurth Limited and others v Siemens VAI Metals Technologies Limited [2008] EWCA Civ 596 (CA), which concerned a springboard injunction in relation to a mass team move. He is also is a contributor to Brearley and Bloch, "Employment covenants and confidential information” (Tottel, 2009).

    Commicial Litigation

Jeremy’s practice involves a broad range of commercial litigation and advisory work, including:

  • Commercial contract disputes
  • Fire insurance claims
  • Sale of goods
  • Director disputes and fiduciary duties.
  • Shareholder disputes.
  • Business sales, franchise agreements and warranty claim
  • Professional negligence claims (including solicitors, insurance brokers, accountants and auditors).
  • Lotteries and prize gaming
  • Injunctive relief.

Sample notable cases include:

  • Paul Wurth Limited and others v Siemens VAI Metals Technologies Limited [2008] EW CA Civ 596 (CA) (interim injunction and dispute as effect of without prejudice communications)
  • I-Way Limited v World Online Telecom Limited [2004] EW HC 244 (Commercial Court) (misrepresentation, implication of contractual terms, estoppel

    Judicial Review

Jeremy’s practice also includes judicial review, which he previously lectured in at Brasenose College, Oxford University. He had acted in a variety of matters including disputes relating to exclusions from school and university courses, disputes in relation to exclusion of doctors from specialist training courses, withdrawal of legal aid and decisions of the Central Arbitration Committee (including R v CAC ex parte BBC [2003] IRLR 640 (judicial review/trade union recognition and R v CAC ex parte Kwik Fit (GB) Limited [2002] ICR 1212 (CA) (judicial review/trade union recognition).

    Sports

A life time of supporting Manchester City has often tested, but not yet dimmed, Jeremy’s enthusiasm when it comes to sport. Sports law disputes come in a wide variety of guises, often drawing on several other of Jeremy’s areas of expertise including elements of employment law, commercial disputes, judicial review and regulatory or disciplinary issues.  He has acted in a variety of sports cases including:

  • wrongful dismissal by football managers,
  • disputes as to television rights relating to Premier League teams
  • disputes over renewal of central contracts
  • personal injury in sports (eg Doane v MK Dons and others (Sheffield County Court, 2 December 2007).

    Education

Jeremy’s particular area of interest in the field of education law has focussed on vocational and higher or further education.  He has written and lectured on the issue of exclusion of matters of academic judgment, and his cases have included disputes as to professorial pay, and exclusion of doctors from specialist training.
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