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12KBW’s Employment Team will be holding an afternoon of thought-provoking discussion of topical Employment Law issues ranging from whistleblowing to indirect discrimination.

This seminar is in-person only.



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Associative indirect discrimination: a new class of claimant in discrimination law

Jessica Franklin


Whistleblowing from the Respondent’s perspective – 2 recent cases

Thomas Pacey


Refreshment Break


Permanent Health Insurance – the nuts and bolts

Simon John


Striking the right note: an overview of the circumstances in which an application to strike out a claim is likely to be successful

Joel Kendall


Drinks and Canapés Reception

Simon P. John

Simon has wide-ranging experience in employment law and regularly appears in the ET as well as having EAT and High Court experience. He represents both Claimants and Respondents and regularly represents Local Authorities and Police Authorities, as well as commercial employers. Simon also represents Union-backed Claimants and private individuals from worker to director level. He is experienced in all of the prohibited grounds of discrimination case, redundancy, wage claims, unfair dismissal, whistle-blowing claims, TUPE and bonus cases.

Simon is also experienced in drafting and representation in fitness to practice proceedings involving nurses before the Nursing and Midwifery Council, including consideration of appeals and reviews.

Simon has recently advised on difficult issues involving the transfer of traffic warden services and a complex transfer of local authority/police/private charity service provision, and has recently represented a high-profile Professor in an internal University appeal, a re-structuring company in dispute with one of its directors, and various cases involving significant sexual allegations in the workplace.

Simon is also experienced in and has provided training on Discrimination in services cases. He provides accredited CPD seminars on these topics.

Simon has featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended employment practitioner and has acted as legal panel advisor as well as legal representative at professional disciplinary/appeal hearings.

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Joel C. T. Kendall

Joel specialises in personal injury, employment law and clinical negligence. He has extensive experience of working at the interface of personal injury and employment, in particular in the areas of workplace stress and harassment. He is regularly instructed by some of the leading claimant and defendant solicitors. In addition he is instructed by public authorities and Trade Unions. 

Joel regularly provides lectures on a variety of employment and personal injury areas, including the operation of the Johnson exclusion area, a difficult and complex subject affecting both personal injury and employment litigation.

Outside the law Joel’s interests include classical music, cinema and Wycombe Wanderers FC.

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Thomas Pacey

Thomas has a wide range of experience in this area (including in Scotland) acting for both Claimants and Respondents. He is regularly instructed by partners in leading firms and entrusted with conduct of high-value cases and multi-week trials. He has also developed a loyal client base amongst some of the country’s leading insurers. His practice encompasses the crossover between employment law and commercial law. He is qualified for Public Access and as such can be directly instructed by non-lawyers and members of the public. He is available to assist with internal grievances, disciplinary hearings, appeals and mediations.

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Jessica Franklin

Jessica specialises in personal injury, disease, and employment.

Jessica writes robust pleadings, offers realistic advice on liability and settlement and is a confident advocate.  In employment, she is particularly experienced in whistleblowing, discrimination and unfair dismissal claims. In personal injury, she is experienced in a range of areas including complex vicarious liability, disease and military disputes.

Jessica was recently junior counsel in the Court of Appeal. In April she will be junior counsel in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

She is instructed on the Post Office Inquiry counsel team.

Jessica is a scholar of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. She achieved a Distinction in the GDL and the BVS. She was awarded academic scholarships by the City Law School and the Inner Temple to undertake her legal studies. She is an able advocate: she won the Inner Temple’s Lawson Moot, the City GDL Moot and the Cecilia Moot.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Jessica had a career in advertising and marketing. She worked in Beijing for a year and has a great interest in Chinese culture, language and food.

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