The 'much in demand’ Damian Brown, ranked as a Leading Silk in Employment and Sports Law, comes highly recommended for his specialist injunction work on strikes and industrial action, as well as his commercial experience particularly in the sphere of business protection (team moves. confidential information and database rights). As the owner of two businesses (including one internet startup) he particularly appreciates the issues facing clients on a personal as well as a commercial level. High profile private sector clients have included banks, defence contractors and private equity funds and he has obtained interim relief (including without notice search orders) as well as expedited trials.
As well as experience of the particular issues in the private sector Damian has also been involved in significant NHS injunctive work in disputes between Trusts and senior employees, often medical staff, including the ground breaking case of Kulkarni v. Milton Keynes NHS Trust  IRLR 289 and Lu v. Nottingham. His regulatory experience also crosses over into sports work where he fully appreciates the regulatory environment and the variety of interests at stake.
His collective employment law work has covered TUPE and redundancy consultation issues, contractual variations, recognition and industrial action (with particular emphasis on the airline and maritime industries and cross-border strikes within the EU).
Damian is also in the "All-Time Top 40 Advocates" with reported cases in the Industrial Relations Law Reports Equal Opportunities Review of reported cases (which includes Judges as former advocates) with over 40 reported cases in the Industrial Relations Law Reportsalone and others in ICRs and specialist reports.
Clients appreciate his "thorough knowledge of employment law and his keen appreciation of what judges will respond to”and is "commercial and a good negotiator”. He can be `forceful where needed’ but `knows when to be subtle’ and `an excellent cross examiner’. Consistently identified from early on in his career in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 as a leader in his field, he is additionally described in the following terms:
Damian was Chair of the Employment Law Bar Association, a former member of the Bar Standards Board Professional Conduct Committee and a member of the Equality & Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel.
He is a Legal Adviser to General Optical Council and British Psychological Society disciplinary panels, as well as a Legal Chair Premier League and British Equestrian Federation.
Damian has security clearance at SC level for National Security cases and has rights of audience before the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts where he has appeared in a number of commercial/employment cases.
He has acted as Legal Adviser to a number of regulatory panels and Legal Chair to the Premier League and British Equestrian Federation.
Damian writes in high level publications and lectures regularly.
In injunctions Damian’s experience is fairly rounded and covers industrial action, business protection and professional discipline/regulation but has been known to venture into `pure’ commercial areas.
Damian practices and adviseson all aspects of employment law for employees and employers in High Court claims, as well as Employment Tribunals and the appellate courts, including the Supreme Court and ECJ.
With over 40 reported cases in the IRLR’s, he has considerable experience in unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, TUPE and discrimination. Reported cases include
In business protection cases Damian has dealt with all aspects of interim relief including computer imaging orders, breach of confidence, intellectual property, database rights and freezing injunctions. He has also appeared in several expedited trials. He gives good practical advice on securing business after high level departures as well as legal.
Recent significant cases include:
He is a contributor to Tottel’s Termination of Employment on `Termination and Protection of Business’.
From sitting on internal disciplinary and grievance panels for public authorities and emergency services to representing surgeons and trusts Damian has significant experience and pragmatism in this area which has increased in recent years in issues arising from internal proceedings including injunctive relief and is extremely experienced in Maintaining High Professional Standards in the NHS (MHPS). He is fully conversant in both private and public regulatory environments and in particular the Human Rights Act interplay.
He has acted as Legal Adviser to the British Psychological Society and General Optical Council disciplinary panels.
Damian’s regulatory experience has led to a natural progression to sports law work. He has sat as a Legal Chair to the Premier League and British Equestrian Federation and appeared in a number of football, rugby and ice hockey disciplinary matters. He is ranked in Chambers and Partners as a Leading Silk. He was recently instructed in a high profile RFU case involving allegations of racism.