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

Alfie has a thriving and established employment practice that is recognised in the leading directories. In addition to being approached for his advisory, drafting and advocacy work in connection with substantial multi-day Employment Tribunal hearings and High Court litigation, Alfie has also been instructed by employers to act as the independent chair of internal appeal hearings.  He has been a member of the Attorney-General’s Panel since 2012 and has acted for many central government departments.

Alfie’s practice includes:

  • Discrimination
  • Public interest disclosure
  • TUPE
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Wages claims
  • High Court employment related litigation in particular restrictive covenants, breaches of confidentiality, fiduciary duties, database rights, bonus claims and breach of contract disputes
  • Discrimination in goods and services
  • Non-contentious advice on business re-organisations, internal policies, contracts of employment, restrictive covenants, TUPE
  • Advice to senior employees/directors on settlement agreements and on share options
  • Judicial Review of public bodies’ vetting procedures

Alfie is ideally placed to deal with the interplay between commercial, insolvency, employment law, and judicial review.  He particularly enjoys cases where there is an overlap between his practice areas.  He has a strong reputation for his excellent cross-examination skills, sharp intellect and commercially focused, client friendly approach.

Employment Cases

DISCRIMINATION

Acting for the employer in a direct race discrimination claim in the world of science, listed for four -week hearing.

Acting for the employee in a disability discrimination claim listed for 8 days.

Acting for the employer defending a claim of direct age discrimination.

Acting for the employer defending a claim for harassment on the grounds of race.

Acting for a local authority defending a claim for disability discrimination brought by a councillor.

Acting for a public sector employer defending a claim for race discrimination and victimisation, listed for 10 days.

 

WHISTLEBLOWING

Acting for a public sector employer in the health sector in a 4-week whistleblowing claim.

Acting for a dental professional in a whistleblowing claim concerning health and safety related disclosures.

Acting for a local authority defending a whistleblowing claim brought by a senior local government lawyer.  Listed for 7 days.

Acting for a local authority defending a whistleblowing claim brought by an employee in its works department.  Listed for 7 days.

 

TUPE

Acting for one of two respondents in a claim brought by the unions for a protective award for failure to inform and consult.  Listed for 9 days.

Acting for Secretary of State for Health in TUPE case arising out of NHS re-organisation.

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

Advising a local authority on TUPE implications of a re-organisation of housing services precipitated by an austerity drive.

 

UNFAIR DISMISSAL

Alfie has acted in a very many unfair dismissal claims.  A recent highlight includes a dismissal for gross misconduct in which Alfie secured a win for the Respondent at the Tribunal; from which the employee appealed to the EAT successfully on the basis of inadequacy of reasons; and in respect of which Alfie won the remitted hearing before the ET.

 

CIVIL AND HIGH COURT CLAIMS

Advising professional Rugby League team in respect of a claim for wrongful dismissal.

Acting for high earning City worker in unpaid bonus claim.

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

Defendant High Court claim brought by employee shareholder seeking declaration that his dismissal as employee was unfair so as to remove him from the bad leaver provisions

Drafting proceedings for a breach of an agency worker agreement

 

JUDICIAL REVIEW

Advising and drafting proceedings for Judicial Review of the vetting decision in respect of a candidate to a police force.  The claim for JR was initially defended but later de facto conceded with the defendant paying the claimant’s costs.

 

APPELLATE CASES

Dibble v Falzon & Falzon t/a The Anne Arms UKEAT/0010/18/BA

Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs v Whiteley UKEAT/0581/12/MC

Bagley v Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust [2012] EqLR 634