Alfred Weiss

Call 2006

weiss@exchangechambers.co.uk

"His cross-examination is excellent and he is also very reassuring with clients."

Chambers and Partners 2019
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Employment

Alfred has developed a variety of practice areas since coming to the bar, and employment is one where he is gaining a reputation as a progressive, up and coming junior. He is able to use his intelligence, thorough preparation and skilled insights in a variety of areas of employment law including:

  • Heavyweight statutory employment claims with a particular emphasis on public interest disclosure, discrimination and TUPE; conduct of numerous high value and multi-week hearings
  • Restrictive covenants, confidentiality, fiduciary duties, and database rights; experienced in High Court litigation
  • Breach of contract claims in the civil courts
  • Discrimination in goods and services in the county court
  • Non-contentious advice to employers on business re-organisations, internal policies, contracts of employment, restrictive covenants
  • Advice to senior employees/directors on settlement agreements –  usually referred on direct access basis by instructing solicitors
  • Appellate work: Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal
  • Attorney-General’s Panel Counsel (since November 2012)

Alfred is ideally placed to deal with interplay between commercial, insolvency and employment law. He particularly enjoys cases where there is an overlap between his practice areas and is very well-placed to give advice on such matters. He is fast gaining a solid reputation for his sharp intellect and commercially focused, client friendly approach.

Employment Cases

WHISTLEBLOWING

Acting for a public sector employer in the health sector in a 4-week whistleblowing claim.  Claim included multiple allegations of whistleblowing detriment allegedly culminating in dismissal on the grounds of having made a protected disclosure.  Successfully defended all allegations and all claims failed in their entirety

Acting for local authority employer in multi-day whistleblowing, associative disability discrimination and TUPE claim brought by multiple claimants. Negotiated favourable settlement at Tribunal.

Acting for solicitor employed by Wills & Probate business who claimed whistleblowing detriment as a result of making protected disclosure concerning unethical selling practices.

Acting for employee and member of a co-operative society who claimed whistleblowing detriment as a result of making protected disclosure concerning ‘take-over’ of the co-operative society by corporate interests.

DISCRIMINATION

Acting for senior employee in claim of direct age discrimination, indirect discrimination and unfair dismissal, obtained finding that default retirement age of age was not justified.  Case settled on excellent terms after successful liability judgment .

Acting for government agency defending complex claim for failure to make reasonable adjustments and discrimination arising from disability.  Case highly sensitive due to high profile nature of the work.  Responsible for drafting Grounds of Response, advising throughout life of claim, acting in two contested preliminary hearings.  Case settled shortly before two-week liability hearing.

Acting for BME police officer bringing claims of race discrimination against the Chief Constable.  Involved contested specific disclosure application in which police raised national security arguments.

Acting for sales director employee bringing claims for unfair dismissal and failure to make reasonable adjustments on basis his employer had failed to appreciate that his alleged gross misconduct was a manifestation of bi-polar disorder.  Achieved favourable settlement at door of Tribunal.

Acting for private limited company in two week-hearing defending seven figure claim for sexual harassment and disability discrimination.  Successfully defeated vast majority of allegations and Claimant recovered less than £15,000 in compensation against a schedule of £1.2 million.

Acting for GP in dispute with his partners.  Alleged that partners were discriminating against GP by failing to make reasonable adjustments.  Favourably settled.

Acting for shop floor worker bringing claims for race discrimination and constructive unfair dismissal against private limited company employer

Acting for coach mechanic bringing claims of discrimination on grounds of his sexual orientation.

TUPE

Acting for Secretary of State for Health in TUPE case arising out of NHS re-organisation.  Secured successful outcome at Tribunal.

Advising local authority on TUPE implications of a business re-organisation necessitated by the austerity drive.

Advising private limited company on TUPE implications of a business re-organisation with cross-jurisdictional issues .

CIVIL AND HIGH COURT CLAIMS

Acting for high earning City worker in unpaid bonus claim in civil courts.

Acting for a number of former employees in textile industry defending claim for injunctive relief and damages for breach of restrictive covenants.

Advising senior employee moving to Premier League Football club on restrictive covenants.

Acting in High Court breach of database regulations claim.

Acting for estate agent bringing Part 20 claim against his former employer.

Acting for National Minimum Wage compliance unit responding to appeals against findings of failure to pay the national minimum wage.

SUPPLY OF GOODS AND SERVICES

Acting for service user in claim for race discrimination against public body.

Defending energy provider facing claim for failure to make reasonable adjustments brought by campaigning charity on behalf of a partially sighted service user.

NON-CONTENTIOUS ADVICE/DRAFTING

Advising government department on amendments maternity and paternity policy.

Advising local authority on amendments to ‘salary sacrifice’ scheme and interplay with obligations under equality act and in particular on maternity and paternity rights.

Advising a business on impact of Agency Worker Regulations on the business model.

Drafting of employment contracts and restrictive covenants.

Advice to senior employees and directors on ‘exit strategies’ and compromise agreements – referred by instructing solicitors on direct access basis.

APPELLATE CASES

Bagley v Newcastle upon The Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2012] EqLR 634 – disability discrimination.

Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs v Whiteley – disability discrimination.