Jonathan Newman Consultant (Barrister)

Contact Information

+44 20 3321 6618

Personal Profile

Jonathan is barrister in the Employment department. His practice embraces the full breadth of employment disputes, with a growing focus on complex discrimination claims and employment status. He regularly handles high value and multi-day tribunal claims and is developing an appellate practice in the Employment Appeals Tribunals in both England and Scotland.  Jonathan advises clients across a number of sectors but in particular financial services and retail and leisure, including hotels and restaurants.

Jonathan is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, Employment Law Bar Association, Industrial Law Society and Institute of Employment Rights.

Key Experience

  • Boam v South Staffordshire & Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust UKEAT/0138/15/MC – in respect of the issue of suitable alternative employment in a redundancy situation, acted in a Meek appeal on the basis that the Tribunal erred in law by failing to provide any evaluation of the evidence upon which its conclusions were founded.
  • Khan v Stripestar Limited UKEATS/0022/15/SM – advised and acted in an appeal concerning i) whether the Respondent’s state of mind should be limited solely to that of the appeal manager and ii) to what extent an appeal can remedy earlier procedural unfairness in the dismissal process.
  • D v A: Acted for a major international supermarket chain defending diverse claims of automatic unfair dismissal (public interest disclosure and health and safety related), whistle-blowing and disability discrimination, which involved fourteen witnesses. The sensitive underlying facts formed the basis of an interim application for a restricted reporting order, which was successfully resisted.
  • D v M: Acted for an international five star hotel chain defending claims of direct and indirect religion/belief discrimination and harassment concerning its internal “grooming policy” and the requirement for its porters to be clean-shaven.
  • SRA v Dennison and others: Assisted Simon Monty QC and Amanda Savage representing the principal respondent in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The matter arose out of the collapse of The Accident Group and lasted for seven weeks in what was the longest ever hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Career History

Consultant, Mishcon de Reya LLP,
Barrister, 42 Bedford Row,
Pupil, 4 New Square,
City University, BVC – Middle Temple Astbury Scholarship,
University of Cambridge, MA Law