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Paul McGrath wins Leicester University LLM Employment Law prize

08 May 2013, 16:36 by John Snell

Labels: compensation, direct-access, employment-appeal, employment-barrister, employment-law, employment-lawyer, employment-solicitor, getting-the-sack, public-access, sacked, unfair-dismissal

Paul McGrath is the winner of the Leicester University distance learning LLM Employment Law New Walk Chambers Prize. His dissertation was described by his supervisor as a "highly commendable piece of work". It was titled 'Band on the Run' and it related to the law of unfair dismissal. Paul McGrath is an associate with McDermott, Will & Emery in London.

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Legal Privilege is only for qualified lawyers

11 Jul 2008, 09:20 by Robert Rees

Labels: employee, employer, employment-appeal, legal-advice, public-access, settlement

Many companies, and an increasing number of employees, are utilising consultancy or Internet companies to resolve workplace disputes, rather than a firm of solicitors or a barrister. A recent decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal confirms that legal privilege does not attach to communications between these unqualified representatives and their clients.

What does this mean for you? Let's say an employee or an employer took legal advice from one of these companies prior to raising or dealing with a grievance. If the dispute subsequently went to an employment tribunal, that party could be forced to disclose the legal advice he or she received. This could be very harmful to settlement negotiations, especially if the legal advice was the not-so-uncommon "Your prospects are weak but you should proceed in the hope of settlement!"

Advice from barristers to their clients in employment disputes is always confidential, and can't be produced in evidence at the tribunal. New Walk Chambers has public access barristers who can provide valuable and tactical advice at a reasonable cost. If done at an early stage this can ensure that you don't put a foot wrong later and risk failure in any subsequent tribunal case.

Please contact us with any queries.

Written by Robert Rees, Direct Access Barrister at New Walk Chambers, specialising in Employment Law.

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