Jonathan Heard

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Barrister

Jonathan is an experienced employment law specialist with a busy nationwide practice representing claimants and respondents. He has both individual and corporate clients, including public limited companies, limited companies, SMEs, charities, schools, solicitors firms and town councils.

He regularly deals with lengthy and complex cases and is well regarded for his forensic analysis and ability to get to the heart of the matter quickly. Known for his approachability, he works well with clients, and has given a number of talks and seminars on employment law.

In one case the employment judge commented on Jonathan’s submissions as having been given with “his customary forensic skill”. Another judge has commented on Jonathan’s ingenuity and skill when making a particular point.

Jonathan is qualified to work on a direct access basis.

‘He is knowledgeable and quick to grasp the issues in all areas of employment law.’ – Legal 500 2015

Notable Cases

  • Representing a claimant in a sexual harassment case brought against a psychiatrist, who was also an official consul to the UK
  • Representing a firm of solicitors in a lengthy case involving whistleblowing and discrimination claims
  • Representing a town council in a multi-day whistleblowing and unfair dismissal case
  • Representing a claimant in a claim of unfair dismissal after he had been dismissed for failing a drugs test; the case received local and national media interest

Memberships/Qualifications

Employment Lawyers Association

Employment Law Bar Association

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Latest News

  • Employment - 18, May
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    James Bromige succeeds at the Employment Appeal Tribunal

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    Posted by James Dowse

    James Bromige recently appeared in the EAT representing the Appellant in the case of Pulman v Merthyr Tydfil College Ltd UKEAT/0309/16/JOJ.  The case concerned section 15 and section 20 EA 2010 discrimination claims as well as unfair dismissal.  James succeeded on two of his grounds of appeal, with the remaining grounds stayed pending referral back to the … Continue reading James Bromige succeeds at the Employment Appeal Tribunal

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  • Employment - 18, May
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    Is it possible to get paid whilst being asleep on the job?

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    Posted by Seán McHugh

    Yes. Case law in this area highlights the complexity of the Regulations when considering a worker who is required to ‘sleep on the job’.  Further, it appears that each case will be decided on its own facts, including the wording of the contract and the context within which it is made.  If employers fail to … Continue reading Is it possible to get paid whilst being asleep on the job?

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  • Employment - 18, May
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    When is an employee deemed to have had effective Notice?

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    Posted by Seán McHugh

    In the recent case of Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust –and- Haywood [2017] EWCA Civ 153, the Court of Appeal considered this vexed question. The Trust sent a letter to Ms. Haywood purporting to terminate her employment with 12 weeks’ notice on 20 April, 2011.  Ms. Haywood was out of the country on holiday at … Continue reading When is an employee deemed to have had effective Notice?

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