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Chambers of Anna Vigars QC

23 BROAD STREET, BRISTOL, BS1 2HG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 930 9000
Fax:
Fax 0117 930 3800
DX:
7823 BRISTOL
Email:
Web:
www.guildhallchambers.co.uk

Douglas Leach

Tel:
Work 0117 930 9000
Email:
Guildhall Chambers (Chambers of Anna Vigars QC)

Work Department

Employment and discrimination; professional discipline; sports law.

Position

Douglas is a specialist employment and discrimination barrister. He has a well-rounded practice which encompasses all areas of employment, discrimination and collective labour law, including County/High Court matters and injunctive relief, sports-related disputes and professional discipline. He further deals with discrimination issues arising outside the employment context. Douglas is experienced in conducting appellate work as well as complex and lengthy trials of up to three weeks in duration.

Career

Qualified 2003; Inner Temple; Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel) 2010. Publications of note: former editor ‘Industrial Relations Law Bulletin’ (IRLB) (LexisNexis Butterworths IRS); former senior writer/editor (employment law) ‘IDS Brief (inc handbooks and supplements)’ (Thomson Reuters); member of editorial committee ‘ELA Briefing’; contributor ‘Jordans’ Employment Law Portal’.

Languages

French (DALF qualified).

Member

Industrial Law Society; Employment Lawyer’s Association; Employment Law Bar Association; Free Representation Unit; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.

Education

University of Southampton (LLB European Legal Studies); University College London (LLM Labour Law).


Regional Bar : Western Circuit

Employment

Within: Employment – Leading juniors

Douglas Leach - Guildhall ChambersVery analytical and a good strategist.

Within: Employment

Guildhall Chambers’ ‘strong’ employment practice has expertise in whistleblowing, equal pay, restrictive covenants, unfair dismissal claims and cases of discrimination on grounds of disability and sex. Douglas Leach successfully represented the claimant in the Hextall v Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police case; the key issue was whether the Force’s Shared Parental Leave policy was indirectly discriminatory in only providing the statutory minimum rate of shared parental leave pay. In July 2018 Suzanne Staunton moved to Simmons & Simmons.

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