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Robert Lassey

Year of call 2016, Lincoln's Inn

robert.lassey@9sjs.com  

Areas of Expertise
Criminal, Employment, Mediation, Employment and Workplace Mediation

Employment: Up and Coming
"Robert is my go-to counsel for defending tribunal claims. He is a pleasure to work with, gets to grips with the issues quickly and has a manner that clients love."
"Robert is certainly garnering an excellent reputation for being a tenacious discrimination lawyer. He is well prepared, thorough and extremely well read on his case law. A measured and thorough advocate."

Chambers and Partners 2024


Employment - Rising Stars:
"One of Robert’s strengths is getting to the crux of complex issues and claims quickly. He is also very good with the clients, and he is not afraid to tackle the weaknesses of a claim, but in a way the client can understand and can then go on to make an informed choice regarding assessment of risk."

Legal 500 2024


Employment - Northern (Bar):
"Robert Lassey's advocacy is excellent and he's commercial."

Chambers and Partners 2023


Employment:
"Robert is a capable, competent and safe pair of hands due to his sound legal knowledge, experience, and expert litigation strategy and tactics. He is hard-working, thorough, masters the law and the facts comprehensively, and has an engaging personality. He is passionate about achieving the best possible outcome, but honest and realistic about confronting risk and weaknesses in the proceedings with a pragmatic approach to dispute resolution."

Legal 500 2023


PROFILE

Robert Lassey

Since completion of his Pupillage in 2017, Robert has specialised in litigation across the gamut of Employment law. Despite his relatively junior level of call, he has quickly developed a formidable track record of successfully appearing on behalf of multiple parties in technically complex heavyweight cases, which would ordinarily be reserved for significantly more senior Counsel. Constantly in demand with Partners and Senior Solicitors from some of the UK's most distinguished law firms and local authorities, Robert predominantly acts on behalf of high-net-worth individuals and large multi-national Respondent companies.

With a particular expertise in Discrimination, Victimisation, and Whistleblowing cases, Robert has already attracted recognition from both legal directories, with The Legal 500 (2023) describing him as a 'rising star' and Chambers and Partners (2023) ranking him as the only 'up and coming' Employment law junior on the Northern Circuit.

Alongside his busy practice, Robert has also recently taken up a position as a Guest Lecturer at BPP Law School in Manchester, and is currently studying part-time for an LLM in Employment Law at the University of Bristol. Whilst at university, Robert was previously involved with a number of community-based fundraising and volunteering endeavours, successful in amassing over £100,000 for local causes; a charitable spirit which he maintains in practice by volunteering with several Employment law pro-bono initiatives, including; ELAAS, Advocate, and FRU.

Away from work, Robert is a keen actor. Having been a committed member of a local Youth Theatre charity for almost twenty years, he currently serves as Chairman of the organisation’s Board of Trustees. When time permits, Robert also enjoys playing tennis, and listening to classical music.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

EMPLOYMENT

Robert undertakes work in all areas of Employment law. He has considerable experience in the conduct of multi-day hearings (both preliminary and final), judicial mediations, remedy hearings, and appeals in a wide range of demanding cases.

Robert also enjoys a considerable drafting practice, and is frequently instructed to settle pleadings and provide advice in high value claims on complex points of law and strategy. He is similarly adept at handling Discrimination and/or Employment-orientated contractual disputes in the County and/or High Courts, and welcomes instructions in this regard.

His recent work has included:

  • A successful and well publicised appeal in the EAT on procedural irregularity, where Robert’s argument has been cited as a precedent in Harvey. See: Stone v Burflex (Scaffolding) Ltd [2021] UKEAT 0246/20, [2021] LELR 750;
  • Appearing alone for five Respondents against two Claimants in a 17-day claim involving over 200 allegations of Sexual Harassment, Discrimination (Race, Age, Sex, Disability, & Sexual Orientation), Victimisation and Constructive Dismissal;
  • Drafting complex pleadings in a 25-day Whistleblowing claim against a well-known global IT and media corporation; and
  • Successfully defending an appeal in the EAT pertaining to an ET’s decision to grant the Claimant a 'de minimis' award at a remedy hearing (in line with Robert’s submissions) following an initial Rule 21 Judgement against his client.

MEDIATION

Robert is a qualified Civil, Commercial, and Workplace Mediator. He provides mediation services in a wide array of cases, with a particular focus on workplace relations.

CRIMINAL

Complimenting his Employment law work, Robert has also developed a thriving Criminal practice, undertaking all aspects of Criminal work. He is consistently instructed by both the Prosecution and Defence and is currently a Category 2 Prosecutor. He has a particular interest in cases involving a crossover with his Employment law practice.

ARTICLES

Appointments

Guest Lecturer, BPP Law School, Manchester
Civil, Commercial and Workplace Mediator

Scholarships and Prizes

Megarry Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
Advocacy Scholarship, BBP Law School

Associations

ELBA, ELA, ELAAS, FRU, Advocate

Education

LLM, Employment, Work and Equality, University of Bristol (Ongoing)
LLB, BPTC, LLM (PLP), BBP Law School, Leeds – Distinction (82%)
BA (Hons) French Studies and History, Lancaster University – 2:1

Prescribed Information

Robert Lassey is a practising barrister, regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The information held by the BSB about him can be found here.

Robert’s clerks will provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that he provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Robert to undertake Court and Tribunal work for a brief fee plus refresher days, although fixed fees are available. Robert also accepts instructions on legal aid rates where those are available, details of which can be found here. For paperwork, Robert most commonly charges at an hourly rate, although fixed fees are available. Robert will typically return paperwork within 10-14 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.

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