Amy Smith

Amy Smith

Year of call:

2011, Lincoln’s Inn

Contact:

Amy Smith

Scholarships and Prizes:

Eastham Scholarship and Sir Thomas More Bursary, Lincoln's Inn

Associations:

Employment Law Bar Association
Employment Lawyers Association

Education:

Law with European Law LLB (Hons), University of Leeds (first class honours).
BPTC, BPP Law School Leeds.
Eastham Scholarship and Sir Thomas More Bursary, Lincoln's Inn.

PROFILE

Amy specialises in employment law and has appeared in the Employment Tribunal, in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, representing both claimants and respondents in final hearings, preliminary hearings and judicial mediations. She regularly appears in lengthy multi-day hearings. Amy has also appeared in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the following cases:

A Leader v The Borough Council of Bolton (UKEAT/0231/15/RN) – two preliminary appeals and one full appeal on several grounds, most notably whether the Judge at first instance ought to have reconsidered his Judgment on disability.

The Royal Bank of Scotland v Mr P O’Doherty (UKEAT/0307/14/RN) – an appeal on several grounds including issues of recoupment notices, half-pay sickness absence and the re-opening of a liability decision on Polkey and contributory fault via applications for reconsideration.

Amy has experience in:

• Unfair dismissal, including constructive dismissal;
• Discrimination; 
• European law and its impact upon employment law;
• Protected disclosures;
• Redundancy;
• Trade union matters;
• TUPE;
• Deductions from wages;
• Working Time Regulations;
• Restrictive covenants;
• National minimum wage;
• Breach of contract.

Amy has a particular interest in discrimination cases, most particularly in sex and disability discrimination claims. She has also represented clients in employment cases in the County Court, with the result that she has experience of both Tribunal and County Court procedure. Amy regularly advises on all aspects of employment litigation including appeals.

In pupillage Amy worked closely with Joanne Woodward on a high profile case involving a claim for indirect race discrimination reported at Kapenova v Department of Health [2013] EqLR 188.

Prior to starting pupillage, Amy worked for the Law Commission in the Commercial and Common Law Team specialising in consumer and insurance law. She has also represented clients for FRU and the Bar Pro Bono Unit. In addition, whilst completing the BPTC Amy set up and ran an employment law, pro bono advisory service.

PUBLICATIONS & SEMINARS

Amy has co-authored two papers which were published in the New Law Journal on consumer law. She has also co-written a paper on the development of insurance law, which was later presented in a seminar. Amy regularly provides seminars and workshops for legal and non-legal clients. She has appeared in mock tribunals in order to provide both an insight into how the Tribunal system works and tactical approaches to Tribunal litigation. 

In her spare time Amy is a volunteer advanced first aider for St John Ambulance. 

Employment – ranked Tier 1
“Incisive and quick on her feet.”

Legal 500 2019


'Incisive and quick on her feet.'

Legal 500 2018


Specialist Areas of Practice:

Employment

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