Much of Jane’s work involves employment or sport, and sometimes both, whether as an advocate, mediator or arbitrator. She deals with cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Employment Tribunals and specialist tribunals/arbitrations, including the Court of Arbitration for Sport. She also sits on various sporting panels as well as an arbitrator, is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and deals with an increasing number of mediations. 

Before coming to the Bar, Jane worked as a journalist, latterly as editorial director for a magazine publishing company.

Jane is recognised as a leading silk in the latest editions of both the leading legal directories, Chambers UK 2018 and Legal 500 2017, for her expertise in employment and sport. 

Experience

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Employment

Areas of work include team moves, restrictive covenants, garden leave, confidentiality, breach of contract, wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal, redundancy, whistleblowing, unlawful deductions from wages and all types of unlawful discrimination.

Current and recent work includes acting for a major bank in a claim arising out of an FCA investigation of foreign exchange (“FX”) trading; a whistleblowing claim for an individual against a City broking firm; discrimination and whistleblowing claims against an overseas bank; advising a large sporting organisation on the employment status of athletes, and advising a large recruitment company as to implementation of restrictive covenants.

Further examples of Jane’s recent work in specific areas of Employment law can be found below.

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Employee Competition

Examples of Jane’s recent Employee Competition work can be found below.

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Whistleblowing

Examples of Jane’s recent Whistleblowing work can be found below.

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Discrimination

Examples of Jane’s recent Discrimination work can be found below.

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Bonus & Remuneration

Examples of Jane’s recent Bonus & Remuneration work can be found below.

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Employment Status & Contracts

Examples of Jane’s recent Employment Status and Contracts work can be found below.

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Financial Services & Regulatory Disputes

Examples of Jane’s recent Financial Services & Regulatory Disputes work can be found below.

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Sport

Jane acts in the civil courts, arbitration and sports tribunals, including the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Areas covered include breach of contract, employment, disciplinary and regulatory matters, doping, corruption, player transfers, competition/restraint of trade, agency disputes and child protection.

Jane has acted as prosecutor for the Rugby Football Union in disciplinary matters and sits on the English Cricket Board’s Appeals Panel in child protection cases. She also sits as a legal member on the National Child Safeguarding in Sport Panel; as an Appeal Steward for the BBBC; on the FEI appeal tribunal, and as an Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer for world tennis. She advises sports governing bodies on a range of issues and is on Sport Resolutions’ panel list of mediators and arbitrators. In respect of the latter roles, she has experience of arbitrating disputes between players, agents and clubs, both alone and as one of a panel of arbitrators, and has mediated sports cases.

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Media & Entertainment

Jane has acted in various disputes concerning reputational issues, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence and copyright.

Jane taught Media Law to undergraduate journalists at City University and formerly acted as libel reader for The Observer newspaper.

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Mediation

Jane is a CEDR accredited mediator and has acted as mediator in a range of employment, sport, shareholder and partnership disputes. In facilitating settlement, she draws on her long experience of acting for both employers and employees and understands the particularly stressful and delicate nature of mediations in this field.  Further, her experience in sports law matters comes from acting both for sports bodies, and individuals: she therefore understands the perspectives of both sides to a sports dispute. She is a member of Sport Resolutions’ mediation panel.

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Arbitration

Jane is on Sport Resolutions’ list of arbitrators and has experience of arbitrating disputes between players, agents, clubs and managers, both alone and as one of a panel of arbitrators. She also determines disciplinary issues in the sporting field sitting as an Appeal Steward for the British Boxing Board of Control; an Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer for world tennis and a member of the Tribunal of the Federation Equestre Internationale (“FEI”), the governing body for the Olympic equestrian disciplines. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Jane has been appointed to the arbitration panel for IMPRESS, the independent press regulator. 

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Achievements

Education

Diploma in Law (City)

Publications

  • Joint author of “Garden Leave” and “Practice and Procedure” in Employee Competition: Covenants, Confidentiality and Garden Leave, OUP, 3rd ed., 2015.  Also the author of a section on fixed term contracts for Tolley’s Discrimination Law Handbook, 2nd ed., 2011.
  • Jane is the joint author of three chapters, on human rights, employment and child protection, in Sport: Law and Practice, Lewis and Taylor, Butterworths, 3rd ed., 2014. She is Case Editor for the International Sports Law Review (“ISLR”).

Appointments

  • Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer for world tennis.
  • Member of the Tribunal of the Federation Equestre Internationale (“FEI”), the governing body for the Olympic equestrian disciplines.
  • Appeal steward for the British Boxing Board of Control (“BBFC”).
  • Panel member for Sport Resolutions (Legal Arbitrator and Mediator).

Memberships

  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association (“ELA”) and the Employment Law Bar Association (“ELBA”).

Selected earlier reported cases

Employment

  • Tradition Securities & Futures v Mouradian [2009] EWCA Civ 60, 11 February 2009
  • Boland v Absolute Taste, McLaren, ET, January 2009
  • F&C Asset Management v Switalski, EAT, 9 December 2008
  • Extec Screens & Crushers Ltd v David Rice [2007] EWHC 1043 (QB), 4 May 2007
  • Bloxham v Freshfields, ET
  • Hair v ICC, ET
  • Joel Stransky v Bristol Rugby Limited [2003] ISLR SLR-27
  • Crystal Palace FC (2000) Ltd v Stephen Bruce [2002] ISLR SLR-81
  • Clancy v Cannock Chase Technical College [2001] IRLR 331

Sport

  • Andrew Webster v Heart of Midlothian [2008] 1SLR – SLR 37
  • Sheffield United v FAPL [2007] ISLR SLR-77
  • Christine Ohuruogu v UKA, BOA
  • FAPL v Ashley Cole
  • Adrian Mutu v Chelsea
  • WCM-GP Limited v FIM [2003] ISLR SLR-91
  • Joel Stransky v Bristol Rugby Limited [2003] ISLR SLR-27
  • Crystal Palace FC (2000) Limited v Stephen Bruce [2002] ISLR SLR-81

Media & Entertainment

  • Far Out Productions v Unilever UK & CN Holdings Ltd and others [2009] EWHC 3484 (Ch)
  • JHP Ltd v BBC Worldwide [2008] EWHC 757 (Ch), (2008) FSR 29
  • Mark Taylor v Rive Droite Music Ltd [2005] EWCA Civ 1300; Mark Taylor v Rive Droite Music Ltd [2004] EWHC 1605 (Ch)

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