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Leslie completed her pupillage at a leading commercial set, focussing on employment law, attending employment tribunals whilst still a pupil and acting for several Pro Bono clients. She specialises in all aspects of employment law in the ET, the county Court and the High Court.
In addition to private organisations and individuals, she is instructed by NHS Trusts and Borough Councils both in London and outside. She also specialises in inquests and personal injuries and is a Direct Access barrister listed by the Bar Council.
Leslie specialises in the law on employment, including equality, whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, holiday pay, worker status, breach of contract, restraint of trade and TUPE. She has succeeded in many high value claims, acting on behalf of Claimants but in addition has successfully defended many cases on behalf of Respondents , including private organisations, NHS Trusts and Borough Councils. She is also instructed on large union backed cases. She recently succeeded in a TUPE claim obtaining in excess of £100k for the Claimants and another TUPE claim obtained £72k in compensation. She currently has a discrimination case where the Claimant has a claim in excess of £1million but also represents Claimants who have smaller claims against Respondents.
Leslie is a member of ELAAS and frequently is instructed to appear in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. In December 2019 she was instructed in three appeals in the EAT and earlier in 2019 obtained permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal.
She also drafts documents and advises on employment issues including advising and attending some internal disciplinary proceedings for various organisations.
Her recent cases include:
Costa v ICIUK Legal Claim of unfair dismissal
Witts v Worcs Council
U/D in case remitted from EAT
Boyle & Ors v NMC PLC & Ors
Represented 8 Claimants in TUPE fragmentation claim
Remedies award in excess of £100k
Mr Foster v Eve Taylor (London)Ltd
Defended a claim by self employed person claiming worker status
Ms S Mahbooba v Richard Barca & Ors
Represented the Claimant involving 21 claims of harassment related to protected acts.
Soil Instruments Ltd v Mr King Mason
Committal Application in the High Court QBD
Represented Mr King Mason who was ordered to pay costs only.
AA v Asda Ltd
Harassment claims related to disability
Ms Wysocka v DWHA Ltd
Defended claims of sex and race.
D Byass. V. Consol Partners Ltd
Defended claims of age,race and sex.
Barton v Becks Plumbing
Defended claim of constructive unfair dismissal
Grange(Whitefield). v Mr Joseph
Obtained permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal
Ms Jones. v. Open Age
Claims of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination struck out
Russell v. Inter talent music
Unfair dismissal and remedy hearing
Ms Paersconek v. Szampion Ltd
PH on jurisdiction to ET for hearing
Reported cases 2019:
Mr Adedeji v Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust
EAT on jurisdiction
Digital Communications v Charles Scully
EAT remitted definition of a worker to ET
Ms Mahbooba. v. Wilson Barca LLP
EAT on personal injury award in discrimination claim
Public & regulatory
Leslie has specialised in inquests since her pupilage, when she frequently attended the Coroner’s court. She has been led in several reported cases, including in the Court of Appeal and has acquired expertise in this area. She acts for organisations including NHS Trusts but has also represented families.
Represented Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Represented London NW Healthcare NHS Trust
Represented AM deceased and obtained a neglect verdict
Represented DL deceased
Represented the Met Police.
Instructed in fast track and multi track trials and advises on liability and quantum.
British Academy of Forensic Science, Member of the Executive Council