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Bruce Gardiner

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2TG – 2 Temple Gardens (2TG – 2 Temple Gardens)


Head of the employment group acting both for and against employers in all areas of employment law, particularly unfair dismissal, sex, race and disability discrimination, harassment, flexible working, equal pay (both equal work and equal value cases) restrictive covenants, agency workers pregnancy and maternity leave, directors duties, contractual claims, redundancy, transfers of undertakings, ill health early retirement, employment-related personal injury, quantification of loss and pension issues. Significant experience of disputes involving directors and partners, and discrimination claims against trades unions. Cases include: D’Silva v NATFHE [2008] IRLR 412 (EAT): correct legal approach to multiple allegations of discrimination. Relevance to discrimination claims of failure to keep ethnic monitoring information and of inadequate answers in questionnaires (WHCG). CNM v Tune (June 2009) QBD: liability of former employee for breach of implied term of fidelity and post termination restrictive covenants. Dickins v O2 [2009] IRLR 58 (CA): whether damages are recoverable for stress at work. Green v Sunset & Vine (2010) EWCA Civ 1441 CA: liability of TV production company for motor racing accident at televised event. Mee v Knowsley MBC and ISS (2010) Liverpool ET and EAT: group equal pay claim brought by manual workers at Knowsley Council arguing that work rated as equivalent under White Book. Lazarus v BNY Mellon (2011): High Court stress claim brought by City banker. Burgess v Bear Stearns [2011] UKEAT/026120/10. Hall v UHB NHS Trust (2011): successfully defeated substantial whistleblowing claim arising out of practices at the respondent Trust, and obtained substantial cost award in respondent’s favour. McKeever v Motorsport Vision (2012): 10-day High Court trial arising out of a motorcycle racing accident at Cadwell Park. Plato v North One (2012): Injury to Fifth Gear presenter competing in British Touring Car Championship.


Called 1994; Middle Temple; Queen Mother Scholar of the Middle Temple.


COMBAR; Employment Lawyers Association; Employment Law Bar Association; Personal Injuries Bar Association.


Tonbridge School; scholar of St John’s College, Oxford (1993 BA Jurisprudence First Class Honours).


Theatre, golf.

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