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Dominic is recognised as one of the leading barristers in the North East in the field of employment law; which he combines with significant commercial litigation and personal injury practices.
For a number of years Dominic has been recommended by both Chambers and Partners, and the Legal 500. They have described him variously as ‘incredibly intelligent, articulate, and good at winning client confidence’; as being ‘a strong and formidable opponent’; and as ‘having a wonderful manner in Court’. Judicial comments have included praise for ‘his thorough and well-presented written and oral submissions’ and for his ‘astute and effective’ cross examination.
Dominic moved to Newcastle in 2002, having previously practised from Plowden Buildings in London. He brings to his work experience of a broad range of practice areas, and of appellate Courts up to and including the Supreme Court. He prides himself on being approachable and pragmatic, and in providing easily accessible client-focused advice.
In 2012 he was appointed to the Attorney General’s regional panel of junior Counsel to the Crown. He is contributing editor of Tolley's Employment Law Service.
When not at work, Dominic enjoys walking his 3 springer spaniels in the Durham Dales; and showing off his skills as a magician.
"He's a very calm, measured counsellor. He's very bright and good with clients." "He is good at understanding what the client is looking to achieve from an early stage and that's reflected in his advice."Chambers & Partners 2018
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Dominic has considerable experience in all areas of employment law; with a particular emphasis on discrimination and TUPE claims. He regularly acts for both public and private sector employers, and for employees. He routinely appears in the ET and EAT, as well as in employment related court claims, and has experience in appellate courts at all levels.
Discrimination and Equal Pay
Dominic is frequently instructed in lengthy discrimination claims involving multiple allegations over extended periods. He has recently acted for both Claimants and Respondents in claims for sexual orientation discrimination, age discrimination, sex discrimination and race discrimination; but he has particular experience in disability discrimination claims, and has recently successfully appealed to the EAT on issues relating to reasonable adjustments and s15 discrimination.
Dominic has also been involved in a number of high profile local authority and NHS equal pay claims, including a test case on the issue of bonus payments in which he obtained permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Unfair Dismissal and Redundancy
Dominic routinely advises and appears in all manner of unfair dismissal, and constructive unfair dismissal claims, both at first instance and on appeal; often involving high earning employees or where the statutory cap is engaged. His recent cases have involved issues such as scape-goating, computer misuse, employee status, geographical jurisdiction, applicable time limits, use of social media, and incapacity caused by an employer’s negligence.
Dominic has also acted in several multiple redundancy claims, in which he has appeared for both employer and employees.
Dominic has an unhealthy interest in the TU(PE) Regulations. He has acted in a number of substantial multi-party TUPE transfer claims, involving both service provision change and business transfers, and engaging both individual and collective rights. He has recently appeared in the EAT in a test case on the correct interpretation of the service provision change definition.
In recent years, Dominic has acted in several lengthy and complex whistleblowing cases, including successfully defending a claim involving 49 separate alleged disclosures, the schedule of which alone ran to several hundred pages.
Restraint of Trade and Breach of Contract
As a result of his chancery/commercial practice, Dominic is particularly adept at handling employment related claims in the High Court and County Court. He is often instructed to seek or resist injunctive relief and damages in post termination restraint of trade claims, and in claims involving the alleged misuse of confidential or proprietary information; as well appearing in breach of contract claims arising out of the dismissal of higher earning employees.
Collective Rights and Trade Unions
As well as frequently acting in collective claims arising out TUPE transfers and redundancy dismissals, Dominic also has experience of advising employers on trade union disputes.
Dominic has a busy and well established chancery/commercial practice; and is particularly interested in disputes involving unusual or esoteric areas of law.
Dominic is regularly instructed in a range of contractual and commercial disputes, from sale and supply of goods and services, through to the applicability and enforceabilty of contractual terms, liquidated damages and penalty clauses, conflicts of laws, construction claims, and the disposal of real property and plant.
Restraint of Trade and Confidential Information
As a result of his significant employment practice, Dominic is particularly adept at dealing with post-employment disputes. He is often instructed to seek or resist injunctive relief and damages in post termination restraint of trade claims, and in claims involving the alleged misuse of confidential or proprietary information; as well appearing in breach of contract claims arising out of the dismissal of higher earning employees.
Dominic has acted for a number of ratepayers in relation to their liability for commercial rates, and recently successfully appeared in the Supreme Court in a landmark case on the rateability of property undergoing works of reconstruction.
Dominic has a long experience of dealing with claims involving both commercial and residential real property, including claims involving breach of covenant; easements; property related torts; equitable rights and interests; boundary disputes; trusts of land; adverse possession; and contracts of sale.
Landlord & Tenant
Dominic is experienced at advising and representing both landlords and tenants in disputes involving both commercial and residential leases, including issues around security of tenure, forfeiture, breach of covenant, withholding of consents, enfranchisement, and dilapidations.
Dominic has recently acted in professional negligence claims involving lawyers; surveyors; architects; and financial advisers.
Dominic has almost 20 years experience of acting for both insurers and Claimants in a broad range of personal injury and industrial disease claims. He often acts in cases involving high value or complex injuries; and has conducted a large number of successful JSMs on behalf of Claimants and Defendants alike.
Dominic has advised and represented clients in a wide variety of workplace accidents; and is now routinely instructed on behalf of the Crown. He regularly provides practical advice and advocacy on issues such as the scope and extent of relevant statutory duties, the joinder of additional parties, and the extent of respective contributions. As a result of his significant employment practice, he is particularly adept at handling claims involving stress at work, bullying and discrimination.
Public, Product and Occupiers’ Liability
Dominic has considerable experience of dealing with claims in the fields of public, product and occupiers’ liability; from highway tripping accidents and accidents in the school playground, through claims arising under the Defective Premises Act 1972 or for breach of the Data Protection Act 1998, to claims for physical and/or psychiatric damage caused by a foreign body in food. He has a broad eclectic practice, and is particularly good at dealing with claims that arise in interesting or unusual circumstances.
Dominic is well versed in all aspects of road traffic litigation, including issues arising out of the MiB, insurance fraud, LVI claims and credit hire.
Dominic regularly represents properly interested persons at inquests, both with and without a jury; and has particular experience relating to deaths in custody.
Dominic has appeared extensively as an advocate before the CICA, including on instructions from the CICA to act as presenting officer.
Dominic is instructed in a variety of disease work, both for Claimants and Defendants; with a particular emphasis on industrial deafness, and issues arising out of limitation.
Dominic acts regularly for both defendants and claimants in fraud arising from road traffic accidents.
Chambers & Partners 2019 (Band 2)
"Conscientious and has a good eye for detail." "An intellectual lawyer with an understated but pleasant style."
Legal 500 2018/2019
"Very experience in TUPE, equal pay and discrimination matters."
Chambers & Partners 2018 (Band 2)
A well-trusted litigator with an impressive track record in all facets of employment law including discrimination and equal pay claims. He has a broad and diverse practice representing both private and public sector clients, ranging from large-scale organisations to individuals.
Strengths: "He's a very calm, measured counsellor. He's very bright and good with clients." "He is good at understanding what the client is looking to achieve from an early stage and that's reflected in his advice."
Recent work: Acted for Sunderland City Council in a high-value disability discrimination claim, involving over 15 separate alleged failures to make reasonable adjustments over about three years.
Legal 500 2017
"A strong and calm advocate who is good with clients."
Chambers & Partners 2017 (Band 1)
Strengths: "He is very studious, very logical and a talented advocate." "He's very thorough, level-headed and straightforward."
Recent Work: Appeared in a ten-day discrimination claim, Aslam v Derby CC, which concerned around 25 allegations of discrimination over a period of seven years, inclusive of harassment, denial of opportunity of advancement through promotion and victimisation owing to prior grievances.
Chambers & Partners 2016
Focuses on employment disputes on behalf of both public sector organisations and individual claimants. He shows particular skill in equal pay and discrimination matters, but also has considerable experience in cases of whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and restrictive covenants.
Strengths: "He has a wonderful manner in court and is great at getting to the nub of the issue in cross-examination."
Recent work: Acted in Greenslade v Next Distribution Ltd, a case concerning disability discrimination and unfair dismissal.
Chambers & Partners 2015
Handles respondent work for public clients and receives instructions from government in his position as regional treasury counsel. He also handles important claimant matters relating to discrimination, equal pay, unfair dismissals, TUPE, redundancy and whistle-blowing issues.
Expertise: "His manner is very considered and belies the fact that he is extremely effective as an advocate and gets into the details really deeply."
Recent work: Acted for Hartlepool BC on a 12-day whistle-blowing and unfair dismissal case.
Chambers & Partners 2014 (Band 1)
Focuses his practice on employment disputes, and is widely recognised for his work on behalf of large employers such as local authorities.
Expertise: "He impresses with his excellent preparation, detailed knowledge of the law and thorough advocacy style in factually complicated cases. He very quickly gets to grips with the key issues of the case, and is always willing to discuss tactics and the next steps as the case progresses."
Chambers & Partners 2013 (Band 2)
'a well-respected employment law specialist. His "informal style" has made him a popular choice among instructing law firms, which continue to view him as a go-to barrister for "really complex stuff."'
Chambers and Partners 2012 (Band 2)
‘is acknowledged by peers to be “a strong and formidable opponent”’.
Chambers and Partners 2011 (Band 2) - “incredibly intelligent, articulate and good at winning client confidence"; and has an "understated yet highly effective approach to complex cases."
 Hull EAT
(The issue was whether or not a tribunal had jurisdiction to hear an unfair dismissal claim which had been presented long outside the three month time limit, partly due to the Claimant’s health, and partly due to his lack of knowledge of the time limits. Because the claimant was an experienced solicitor, albeit he had only ever practised in crime, the judge held that his ignorance of the time limits was unreasonable; and accordingly that he had no jurisdiction to hear his claim.
The judge reached that conclusion even though, even if the Claimant had known of the time limits, he could not have presented the claim in time, because a few days after his dismissal he had been admitted to hospital with a serious health condition, and remained there incapacitated for almost 3 months)
SJ & J Monk v Newbigin (Valuation Officer)
 UKSC 14
(Successfully acted for the ratepayer in a test case on the correct approach to rating commercial properties undergoing extensive refurbishments)
Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust v Harland & ors
(Acted for an NHS Trust in an appeal concerning the correct approach to assessing the ‘principal purpose’ of an organised grouping of employees, within the service provision change definition of the TU(PE) Regulations)
Greenslade v Next Distribution Ltd
(Successfully acted for the Claimant in an appeal concerning the correct approach to a disability discrimination claim under s15 of the Equal Act 2010)
Harbro Supplies v Hampton & Ors
 EWHC 1781 (Ch)
(Successfully acted for a company in a 10 day case arising out of the post termination use of its electronic database by a former director)
Silicon Altimex v March
 UKEAT 0489,  All ER(D) 99 (Aug)
(Successfully acted for an employer in an appeal concerning the correct approach to affirmation in constructive dismissal claims)
Working Men’s Club, Institute Union Ltd v Balls
(Acted for the Respondent in a claim concerning causation in cases of constructive dismissal)
Gibson v Sheffield City Council
 EWCA Civ 63,  ICR 708,  IRLR 277
(Acted for the Council in a test case on bonus payments and equal pay)
St Alphonsus RC Primary School v J Blenkinsop
UKEAT/0082/09  All ER(D) 54 (Aug)
(Acted for the school in a case concerning time limits in the context of the Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999)
Ministry of Defence v Guellard
UKEAT/0210/09  All ER(D) 50 (Dec)
(Acted for the Claimant in a claim concerning constructive dismissal, and the proper approach to contributory fault)
Warrior Quay Management Co Ltd v Joachim & ors
 WL 168730 (Successfully acted for the Appellant in a multi-party claim concerning the construction of a lease).
Shimmell v Clarke
 All ER(D) 309 (Oct) (Successfully acted for the offeror in an appeal concerning when a Part 36 offer was void for mistake)
Attorney General's regional panel of junior Counsel to the Crown
Some Good News for Ratepayer: The Supreme Court restores the long standing practice of applying nominal rates to buildings undergoing reconstruction.
Lee v McArthur: Is a refusal to bake a cake supporting gay marriage really direct discrimination, or has the law gone a step too far?
In Tyco the CJEU reconsidered the definition of ‘working time’: What, if any, are the domestic implications?
Gibson v Sheffield: The Supreme Court’s chance to clarify the defences available to mass equal pay claims
Dominic speaks regularly at local and regional seminars, as well as at tailor-made client’s events.
Recent seminar have included:
The effective compromise of disputes.
BSc (Hons) Physics, University of Durham. Dip Law, College of Law, Guildford
Employment Lawyers Association (ELA); Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)