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Outer Temple Chambers (Chambers of Michael Bowes QC, Christopher Gibson QC and Andrew S), Naomi Cunningham, London, ENGLAND

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Naomi Cunningham

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Outer Temple Chambers (Chambers of Michael Bowes QC, Christopher Gibson QC and Andrew S)


Barrister specialising in employment law, with particular interests in discrimination, working time and minimum wage. Cases include: Sheppard v Brighton & Hove City Council 3104150 / 04, 4 April 08: DDA claim with six figure award; Blundell v Governing Body of St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School [2007] ICR 145 1, EAT – the first appeal case on the definition of the ‘job’ to which a woman has the right to return following maternity leave; Moyhing v Barts and the London NHS Trust [2006] IRLR 860, EAT – sex discrimination against a male student nurse (funded by the EOC); Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Griffiths-Henry [2006] IRLR 865, EAT – the burden of proof in discrimination cases; Comfort v Department for Constitutional Affairs (2006) (ET); (2005) (EAT); [2004] EWCA Civ 349 (CA) – constructive dismissal case remitted by CA for re-hearing after the original ET failed to deal with allegation of perjury by a senior civil servant giving evidence for the respondent, the second appeal to the EAT concerned disclosure of the respondent’s notes of evidence from the previous hearing; Gdynia America Shipping Lines (London) Ltd v Chelminski [2004] ICR 1523, CA – time for appealing an employment tribunal decision; Kwamin v Abbey National plc [2004] ICR 841, EAT delay in promulgation of ET decisions, Article 6; and Addison & Addison v Ashby [2003] ICR 667 – whether child workers entitled under the Working Time Regulations to paid annual leave.


Called 1994; Inner Temple. Publications include ‘Employment Tribunal Claims: tactics & precedents’ (LAG 2005), 2nd edition, with Michael Reed, 2007; Employment Court Practice, Sweet & Maxwell 2007, 2nd ed. 2008 (contributing editor).




Charlton Park School; Reading University; Bristol University.

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Within: Leading Juniors

Naomi Cunningham - Outer Temple ChambersA passionate and intellectually engaged lawyer who has an unusually creative approach to using the law in innovative ways.

Within: Employment

In addition to regularly appearing in the employment tribunal system and the High Court for high-stakes and high-profile work, such as restrictive covenant injunctions, members of Outer Temple Chambers are also involved in significant Court of Appeal and Supreme Court cases. Andrew Short QC is leading Naomi Cunningham and Paul Livingston in Brierley v Asda, representing thousands of shop workers in the largest-ever equal pay claim seen in the private sector; the case sees a large number of in-store employees seeking to use the overwhelmingly male warehouse workers as comparators for their pay.

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