Andrea Chute

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Barrister

Andrea Chute’s practice includes employment disputes, professional regulatory cases and hearings before disciplinary panels with a large number of Andrea’s more recent cases relating to the healthcare sector.

Andrea has wide ranging experience in advising clients (both corporate and individual) in all aspects of employment law. She also has considerable experience in providing lectures and seminars on employment law topics for professional organisations including the Bar Council and the TUC. Andrea is also a visiting lecturer in Employment Law at the University of Westminster.

Practice Areas:

  • Employment & Discrimination Law
  • Regulatory Law
  • Disciplinary Hearings
  • General Civil

Notable cases:

Oliver Kearney v Isle of Wight PCT (2012) Southampton ET

Andrea represented a nurse bringing unfair and wrongful dismissal proceedings against the employing trust in a thirteen day hearing resulting in a positive result for the nurse who was awarded the maximum compensation possible by the tribunal.

Partners Occupational Medical Services Ltd v Megan Taylor. (2012) High Court

Andrea successfully represented a nurse facing allegations of breach of contract and common law duties due to the alleged disclosure of confidential information in the High Court.

Chauhan v General Medical Council [2009] High Court (led by Mark Sutton)

Andrea successfully represented a doctor in a six day appeal before the High Court, overturning key findings of a Fitness to Practice Panel of the General Medical Council. The case was remitted to the GMC for a rehearing. The judgment (King J) gives important guidance on the approach disciplinary panel should adopt in determining allegations of dishonesty brought against a professional person.

Other recent cases include:

  • Representing an orthopaedic consultant alleging unfair dismissal, whistle-blowing, race and religious discrimination against his NHS before the employment tribunal.
  • Representing a teacher alleging unfair dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination against his school before the employment tribunal.
  • Representing a teaching assistant alleging unfair dismissal, race discrimination and trade union discrimination against her school.
  • Representing an orthopaedic surgeon appealing against an erasure decision of the General Medical Council before the High Court.
  • Representing a managing director in the automobile industry alleging unfair dismissal against his employer in the employment tribunal.
  • Representing a business development manager in the private equity and finance market alleging unfair dismissal, and unlawful deduction of wages for failure to pay commissions and bonuses.

 

Speaking Events and Training, Seminars:

Andrea has considerable experience in developing and delivering training courses on a wide range of legal topics throughout the UK. She is a national trainer on all aspects of employment law and advocacy for the Trades Union Congress. She also regularly designs and runs bespoke courses for individual unions including NASUWT, UNISON etc.

In addition she is an associate trainer/consultant for JSB Training and Development and in association with them regularly designs and runs training courses for the human resource managers of national and international organisations in all aspect of employment law including witness of fact training. Andrea is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster in employment law and civil procedure.

Professional Memberships:

Employment Lawyers Association
Industrial Law Society
Employment Law Bar Association

Languages:

French

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