Mr Tim Dracass > Chambers of Oba Nsugbe KC > Winchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Oba Nsugbe KC
Pump Court Chambers
31 SOUTHGATE STREET
WINCHESTER
SO23 9EB
England

Position

Tim’s specialist area of practice is employment law. He has built a strong client base in this field. He is regularly instructed to act for claimants and respondents in complex and multi-day employment tribunal cases. Tim advises on and appears in all types of employment litigation ranging from unfair dismissal, discrimination and equal pay claims in the tribunal, through to employment contract, restrictive covenant/restraint of trade and work reference disputes in the County Court and High Court. In addition, he has considerable experience before the EAT. Clients have commented on Tim’s technical expertise and good cross-examination skills, alongside a thorough knowledge of each case and a reassuring manner. Recent cases of interest include: Flemons & anor v Leepeck Group Ltd & ors: instructed to represent one of the respondent companies in a complex multi-party TUPE case following the liquidation of a PR/advertising company and the formation of two new companies. Successfully argued that there was no relevant TUPE transfer to his client and all claims brought against them were dismissed. Elgar & ors v Millbrook Furnishings Ltd & anor: acted on behalf of ten claimants in a multi-claimant action against their former employers regarding their dismissals following an alleged TUPE transfer (service provision change). Preliminary hearing lasted two days and involved detailed witness and documentary evidence. One of the respondents was represented by a silk. Tribunal found that all but one of his clients’ employment had transferred to the second respondent (decision is now under appeal by second respondent).

Career

Called 1998, Inner Temple. Pupil Eighteen Carlton Crescent, Southampton 1998-2000; tenant Eighteen Carlton Crescent, Southampton 2000-10; tenant Pump Court Chambers, London and Winchester 2010 to date.

Memberships

ELBA.

Education

Hounsdown Secondary School; Totton Sixth Form College (1992-94 A Level English, History and Sociology, all grade A); Cardiff University (1994-97 LLB (Hons) (Law and Sociology) 2:1); Bar Vocational Course (1997-98 – very competent).

Leisure

Football (playing and watching), piano, cooking, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Employment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Tim DracassPump Court ChambersTim is an extremely robust advocate. He has in-depth knowledge of complex areas of employment law and offers practical and commercial solutions. He is calm and measured before the Tribunal.’

Pump Court Chambers is ‘strong in the employment law field‘, and houses a team which maintains a presence in Winchester and London. Heather Platt garners praise for her ‘commercial pragmatism and technical knowledge‘; she successfully represented the claimant in Richards v Brocade Communications UK, a long-running unfair dismissal case. Daniella Gilbert has established strength in handling cases involving whistleblowing, discrimination, unfair dismissal, restrictive covenants and TUPE matters. Naomi Gyane is ‘an expert in her field‘ and is sought after for her expertise in handling discrimination, harassment and victimisation claims. Tim Dracass has a strong ability to get to the crux of issues in complicated cases‘. In July 2021 Gary Self was appointed a judge of the Employment Tribunals.