Assunta Del Priore specialises in employment law. She is experienced in advising and representing in this area. She has been instructed on behalf of businesses, local authorities, other public bodies, trade unions and individual claimants in a wide range of employment disputes. She has a particular interest in disability discrimination issues and in mental health in the employment law context. She is ranked tier 1 in the Legal 500.
Assunta joined Chambers in late 2010. Previously, she practiced as a barrister from Chambers in London and Manchester. She also practiced as a barrister within the employment teams at Lawfords and Mace & Jones solicitors. Immediately before joining Chambers, she was a Senior Law Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.
RECENT CASES OF INTEREST
- Mrs J Frudd & Another v The Partington Group Ltd, Manchester Employment Tribunal. On appeal in this matter (Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake), Simler P had set out the principles to be applied in determining whether time spent on call was to be regarded as ‘time work’, applying Regulation 30 NMWR. On remittal, the Tribunal found that part of the Claimants’ time spent on call was ‘time work’ but that part of it was not.
- Mason-Day v The Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police. The Claimant, who was disabled by reason of a mood disorder and osteoarthritis of the knees, was found to have been harassed by the writer of an e-mail, notwithstanding that the contents of that e-mail were not intended for C’s eyes.
- Paula Riley v CleanEvent Ltd. The Claimant was found not to be disabled by reason of an alleged mood disorder. The Tribunal did not accept her evidence of her symptoms.
- Langdon v The Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset. The Claimant, who was disabled by reason of dyslexia, was found to have suffered disability discrimination in a promotion exercise, specifically the interview stage of the exercise.
- CD v Chief Constable of H. The Claimant, who was dyslexic, succeeded in his claims of failures to make reasonable adjustments to the conditions in which he took a professional exam. Remedy included compensation for loss of a chance of promotion.
- CT v M. The Tribunal rejected the Claimant’s claims that she had been treated less favourably because she was a part-time worker.
- Ronald Lungu v Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police. The Claimant was successful in his claims of harassment and direct discrimination, including a failure to promote him because of his race.
- BH v SSSC Ltd. The Claimant, who suffered from anxiety and depression, was successful in his claims of disability discrimination, victimisation and unfair dismissal. The Tribunal rejected the Respondent’s submissions that a Polkey deduction was appropriate.
- O'C & Others v 1. Borough Council of C and Another. A case which concerned entitlement to rest breaks and daily/weekly rest periods under the Working Time Regulations 1998. It was of potential national significance in that it concerned whether or not the rest break pattern of residential care workers in supported living accommodation for vulnerable adults was compliant with the Working Time Regulations 1998.
- Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake  I.C.R. 1186. The meaning of 'time work' in Regulation 30 of the National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015.
- Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police v Bailey UKEAT/0166/15. Race discrimination and victimisation.
- Jackson Lloyd Ltd and Mears Group plc v Smith and Others UKEAT/0127/13. TUPE transfer from subsidiary to parent in the context of a share sale. 'Authority' of employee representatives in Regulation 13(1) (b)(i) of TUPE.
- Ashby v JJB Sports plc UKEAT/0114/12. Scope of duty to consult in redundancy cases.
- National Grid Electricity Transmission plc v Wood, UKEAT/0432/07. Implied contracts of employment - agency workers.