Fee Paid Employment Judge, Midlands West Region 2021
Eastham Scholarship and Sir Thomas More Bursary, Lincoln's Inn
Employment Law Bar Association
Employment Lawyers Association
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.
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;
• European law and its impact upon employment law;
• Protected disclosures;
• Trade union matters;
• 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  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.
Amy Smith is a practising barrister who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Amy can be found here.
Amy's clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that she provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Amy to undertake Tribunal work for a brief fee plus additional refresher days. For advisory work, paperwork and conferences it is most commonly charged at an hourly rate, although fixed fees may be available depending on the circumstances. Amy will typically return paperwork within 7-14 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.
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