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Robert C D Rees  -  Public / Direct Access  B.A., LL.B., F.C.I.Arb  Barrister

Called to the Bar: 1978

Areas of Practice

  • Employment - experienced in conduct dismissals, all general aspects of wrongful and unfair dismissals, and discrimination cases. Early on adduced the old Truck Acts to win an unfair dismissal case for a shop assistant: Riley v Joseph Frisby Ltd [1982] IRLR 479. Is able to manage Employment Tribunal cases on a direct access basis competitively [eg settling the application or response, drafting witness statements, schedules etc as well as appearing at the Tribunal]. Willing to travel: has clocked up hearings [in an anti-clockwise direction] from Sheffield, Newcastle, Carlisle, Shrewsbury, Exeter, Ashford and Norwich.
  • Compromise Agreements
  • Civil - Will undertake general civil matters. Since April 2013 these can be carried on in the small claims court up to a value of £10,000. Such claims on a direct access basis can be done competitively.
  • Personal injury - substantial experience in assessing quantum of damages), contract, general tort including professional negligence.
  • Family - experienced in ancillary relief cases, injunctions, and child arrangements hearings; care cases (acting mainly for parents and relatives.
  • Housing Disrepair 

Recent Cases

  • R (W) v Leicestershire CC (QBD) [2003] 2 FLR 185 (removal of children from foster parent intending to apply for adoption)
  • Payless Travel Ltd v Baba Krupa Holidays (Court of Appeal) [2004] EWCA Civ 472 (travel agent’s duty of care and causation)
  • Masih v Yousaf (Court of Appeal) [2014] Civ 234; Legal Action [Journal of Legal Action Group] April 2014 p25 (interesting case on approach where the precise wording of the Housing Act 1988 Section 8 notice was not used by the landlord; and interesting obiter on the powers of judges to set aside decisions of judges of the same level of seniority; this aspect of the appeal was abandoned at the appeal – but the law is covered in the judgment


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