Beth Grossman

Call date: 2016
Email: bgrossman@elyplace.com
Telephone number: 020 7400 9600

Beth Grossman

Call date: 2016
Email: bgrossman@elyplace.com
Telephone number: 020 7400 9600

Practice areas

Business Media & sport Property & private client - Ely Place Chambers London Employment - Ely Place Chambers London Public & regulatory - Ely Place Chambers London

Beth practices across Chambers core areas. Clients have praised her “excellent advocacy” and her skills in legal tactics and strategy. She regularly appears as sole counsel in the High Court as well as in the County Court and has a number of reported judgments.

Beth is on the Equality and Human Rights Commission preferred panel of counsel (appointed in her first year of eligibility). In 2018, she was shortlisted for Young Pro Bono Barrister  and as a member of the Pro Bono Team of the Year in 2018 for her judicial review work.

Beth completed pupillage at a leading specialist media and information law set and has a deep understanding of the law in this field. Before coming to the Bar, she worked in the Civil Service and in the NGO sector, in legal, policy and senior management roles.

Beth accepts instructions on a direct access basis.

Outside the Bar, Beth enjoys theatre, music, travel and yoga. She is a trustee of the Talawa Theatre Company.

MA, Modern History, University of Oxford
Graduate Diploma in Law, Distinction, BPP
BPTC, Kaplan Law School
Megarry Pupillage Award, Lincoln’s Inn
Lord Denning BPTC Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
Kaplan Advocacy Scholarship, Kaplan Law School
Lord Bowen GDL Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn

Business

Beth has a thriving business and commercial practice spanning insolvency, companies law and commercial disputes. Her recent cases include:

  • Re A Company 2645 of 2018, Re A Company 250 of  2019, and Re A Company 3411 of 2019: for the successful applicants in injunctions to restrain presentation or publicity of winding-up petitions, and in getting those petitions dismissed as abuse of process.
  • Palmer v Caliji Motors: for the successful creditor in a contested insolvency matter.
  • Fisher and Fisher v Fraser and Fraser: Successfully appearing in a multi-track breach of contract trial involving complicated issues of fact as to the identity of the contracting parties.
  • AW v HH: a High Court claim in breach of contract and confidence between two solicitors’ firms (ongoing)
  • SM v N, multi-track claim between a premier league rugby player and a sports agent.
  • A multi-million pound commercial dispute arising out of the Commercial Agents Regulations, led by William McCormick QC.
  • Advising on insolvency matters, and matters arising out of insolvency, such as misfeasance and sham transactions.
  • Advising and drafting in claims in breach of fiduciary duty and trust (and available counterclaims), unlawful means conspiracy.
  • Advising and drafting in respect of unfair prejudice petitions and s994 applications;
  • Minority shareholder disputes;
  •  considering issues around directors’ disqualification
  • Regularly appearing in the Companies Court applying for / or resisting winding-up applications and applications to restore companies to the register;
  • Advising on purchase rights for TV shows and live performances.
  • Advising on the Companies Act 2006.

During pupillage, Beth assisted in two major commercial High Court cases involving allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation in film finance, Copthall v Scorched Earth [2017] EWHC 1341 (QB) and Kaplan v Super PCS ([2017] EWHC 1165 and ongoing). She is confident in conducting detailed analyses of company accounts and financial transactions, dealing with large volumes of late disclosure and handling legally and factually complicated arguments around causation and loss of a chance.

Media & sport

Beth has a busy and successful media law practice. She has a detailed knowledge of defamation, privacy, data protection, confidence, contempt and copyright law, and relevant interim matters, including anonymity and pre-action disclosure applications.  She is currently instructed by two defendants resisting a claim brought by companies under the well-known Spearmint Rhino brand and nine performers for misuse of private information and breach of the GDPR. She has successfully resisted applications for anonymity and an urgent trial, in ongoing proceedings (Spearmint Rhino Companies v Rakoff and others [2019] EWHC 2525) which have attracted substantial media attention.

In April 2019, she delivered training on freedom of expression litigation for the International Senior Lawyers’ Partnership and the Media Institute of Southern Africa. She has been appointed by the Council of Europe to its panel for delivering in-country training in Kosovo on freedom of expression issues in media law for 2020. She regularly advises The Telegraph, The Sun and Jewish News.

Beth also has expertise in commercial media and sports law, including advising broadcasting and distribution companies on options purchases, and breach of contract and regulatory claims arising out of agreements between performers/sportsmen and women and their agents.

Her other current and recent work includes:

  • Rochester v Ingham House: for the defendant in proceedings in libel and malicious falsehood involving a former staff member and complaints to regulatory body; Beth successfully obtained relief from sanctions, resisted strike out (and struck out part of the Claimant’s case) and resisted the Claimant’s contended meanings in three reported judgments ([2018] EWHC 3599; [2019] EWHC 464 (QB); [2019] EWHC 847 (QB).
  • A and B v C, for the successful claimants in a “revenge porn” claim in misuse of private information and defamation also brought against A’s former employer. negotiating a settlement agreement of £40,000, delivery up and undertakings
  • R v BT, for the successful Claimant in a Norwich Pharmacal application
  • Hayden v Linehan, for the defendant, a television writer in a claim in libel, harassment and misuse of private information relating to the Gender Recognition Act 2004
  • B v Channel 4, for the claimant in a  misuse of private information claim arising out of a police documentary, successfully obtaining undertakings and restrictions on information published.
  • Thandi v Basra and Gill (ongoing) for the Defendants in this libel claim involving a Sikh temple
  • Advising the Metropolitan Police in relation to applications for the deletion of data.

Beth has also advised in a number of international matters:

  • Advice on media regulation reform in line with the Constitution for civil society organisations in Zimbabwe;
  • Eighteen Degrees North: advice (with Lord Gifford QC) on Reynolds/public interest defences relating to the prospective broadcast of a documentary in Jamaica;
  • Beth is the co-author (with Heather Rogers QC) of two reports into hate speech, hate crime and freedom of expression in Myanmar.

During pupillage at a leading specialist set in this field, Beth assisted on a number of high profile cases, including Cliff Richard v BBC and Optical Express v Associated Newspapers as well as a number of confidential matters.

Property and private client

A substantial element of Beth’s insolvency practice concerns commercial property and she has a particular interest in the intersection between these two areas of law. She was instructed by an aviation company in a long-running dispute concerning underlettings and insolvency.

Beth’s landlord and tenant work spans the entire breadth of this practice area and includes:

  • Advising on the termination of business tenancies
  • Possession claims;
  • Disrepair (both claimants and defendants);
  • Unlawful eviction.

Beth’s real property work includes:

  • Part 8 Claims under TOLATA;
  • Injunctions for urgent access.

Beth is also experienced in property work with a public or regulatory law element. Her recent cases include:

  • The Grenfell Inquiry: Ongoing instructions from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, particularly concerning buildings regulations.
  • W v A Local Authority: Successfully acting for an applicant in a Court of Protection case resisting the proposed moving of an elderly person from their home.
  • B v A Local Authority: Successfully acting for an applicant in a housing and community care judicial review.
  • Beth was recently instructed for an evidence review by a national infrastructure company concerning a regulatory investigation into a number of their sites.
Employment

Beth undertakes a wide range of employment work for both claimants and respondents. She has recently been instructed as a junior junior for the Government in Essop v Home Office (indirect discrimination in recruitment and promotion procedures, involving a large number of claimants) as remitted to the Employment Tribunal following judgment in the Supreme Court.

Drawing on her expertise in freedom of information and data protection law, Beth has also advised on confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements involving public bodies, and is particularly keen to accept instructions or provide advice in this area.

From her work in the disability sector, Beth has in-depth knowledge of equality and discrimination issues in employment law. She has recently advised a claimant on the merits of claims for direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and proving disability under the Equality Act 2010. Before coming to the Bar, Beth drafted submissions for Government departments and the Women and Equalities Select Committee on this issue. Having previously managed a large team, she is familiar with the practical realities of how employment disputes arise and can be resolved successfully.

During pupillage, Beth assisted on cases concerning the intersection between privacy, data protection and employment law.

Public & regulatory

Beth’s public law practice includes:

  • Advising the Metropolitan Police Service on Article 8 and data protection issues in relation to applications for the deletion of data relating to cautions, arrests and investigations;
  • Delivering training on freedom of expression litigation for the International Senior Lawyers’ Partnership and the Media Institute of Southern Africa.
  • D v Commissioner of the Metropolis, for the Police in a judicial review arising out of issuing of a caution (claim withdrawn);
  • The Grenfell Inquiry: for the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, particularly concerning buildings regulations.
  • W v A Local Authority: Successfully acting for an applicant in a Court of Protection case resisting the proposed moving of an elderly person from their home.
  • B v A Local Authority: Successfully acting for an applicant in a housing and community care judicial review.
  • H v Legal Aid Agency: for the successful Applicant in two judicial reviews against the Legal Aid Agency’s decisions regarding funding.

During pupillage, Beth assisted on cases concerning the judicial review of decisions by media regulatory bodies and alleged misuses of private information and breaches of the Data Protection Act by public authorities.

Before coming to the Bar, Beth was Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Research at Scope and during her BPTC worked as a legal case worker for a national disability charity. Her work included:

  • Advising a UN inquiry on the UK’s compliance with obligations under international law regarding disabled people;
  • Advising the Women and Equalities Select Committee on disability discrimination and the effectiveness of the Equality Act 2010;
  • Advising the Department of Health regarding proposals for alternative dispute resolution relating to disability litigation;
  • Drafting successful grounds of appeal to the Upper Tribunal;
  • Appearing in the First-Tier Tribunal in education and benefits cases;
  • Successfully settling very high value community care and education cases pre-action.

 

Memberships

Administrative Law Bar Association
Bar Human Rights Committee
Bar Pro Bono Unit

 

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