Jeffrey Bacon

Jeffrey’s practice embraces all aspects of employment, business and commercial and professional negligence and regulatory issues faced by individuals (employees, shareholders, directors, professionals and fiduciaries) and companies, banks, public authorities, franchises and professional and sporting bodies.   His main practise areas are employment (principally restraint of trade, director/shareholder disputes and other High Court employment work, TUPE, stress and bullying cases and discrimination) commercial (company and insolvency, commercial fraud, contract) and professional negligence and regulatory (solicitors, SRA work, accountants, surveyors, NHS, education, financial services) and partnership.  He has particularly strong experience of all aspects of interim relief litigation, both in the employment law field (restraint of trade and team moves as well as internal disciplinary cases) and commercial law (freezing and search orders, and interim relief related to winding up and insolvency cases) and in litigation dealing with employment and fiduciary duties.  Recent reported cases or cases attracting press interest include Kynixa –v- Hynes, Customer Systems –v- Ranson, Scully Ltd –v- Minett, Naqvi –v- Lloyds Banking Group, South London NHS Trust –v Rod Irvine.

Jeffrey’s career started in the city with Slaughter and May and then as junior in-house counsel to United Bank of Kuwait where he worked on company law and regulatory issues and drafted the Bank’s first Compliance Manual.  He started pupillage in insolvency chambers and his early years at the Bar had a strong company and insolvency focus.  He then spent several years as one of SIF’s juniors of choice culminating in Hall –v- Simons in the House of Lords.  For the last 15 years his practise has had a major focus on all aspects of High Court interim relief litigation across the employment law spectrum of restrictive covenants, team moves, garden leave and confidential information and injunctions and in the companies court and relating to joint ventures and partnerships/LLP’s and more recently in the field of regulatory work.

In the last 2-3 years, in addition to High Court employment disputes, the emphasis has been on more commercial work with cases involving successful injunctions against insolvency practitioners, s.994 unfair prejudice cases, wrongful trading, accountants negligence and partnership litigation.  Supplementing his experience in professional regulatory matters, he has recently had experience of a long running medical disciplinary case (in which he acts for a senior gynaecologist at the internal disciplinary hearing, before the GMC and a High Court action to continue the doctors suspension) and is advising the recently launched Lawyers Inc, dealing with ABS status and negotiations with the SRA and HMRC in relation to the new model for solicitors.

He continues to advise and act in high profile employment disputes, including acting for the FA in Faria Alam-v- FA, the police in Carter –v- Chief Constable of Leics and more recently for the successful claimant in Naqvi –v- HBOS, for Aardman Productions in a race victimisation claim, for the dismissed employees in the TUPE case of Watts –v- Crystal Palace FC and the Chinese state owner of the buyer of LDV Vans

Jeffrey also advises on sports law and sports related issues (clients including the Football Association, boxing, Derby County FC, Portsmouth FC (several times), Force India Formula 1 and UK Sport in relation to the coaches and athletes agreements for the Beijing and London 2012 Olympics).

Clients are extremely comfortable with his style and approach and solicitors regularly comment on the strength of the rapport which he achieves with clients.  He is a tough advocate who is at home in all forums from high intensity commercial and restraint of trade injunctions, the gamut of professional negligence fields and the sensitivities of cases involving discrimination, stress and bullying.