5 Essex Court

Alan Payne QC

Call 1996
Silk 2019


Alan regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal particularly in sensitive and high-profile whistleblowing and discrimination claims, and is regularly called upon to act in cases involving senior Government employees.

Notable cases include: - 

  • A discrimination claim brought against a police force challenging force sick pay provisions, and fact specific alleged failure to make reasonable adjustments and personal injury claim 
  • A whistleblowing, race and disability discrimination claim brought against a sensitive government agency.
  • A discrimination claim brought against exclusion of freemasons from working on the Hillsborough investigation.
  • A challenge to the lawfulness of pre-employment checks which involve consideration of the immigration history of the potential employee.
  • A challenge to the lawfulness of the national security requirement that those who have access to sensitive material need to have British nationality.
  • A test case bas to whether SOCA interpreters were self-employed or employed.
  • A series of pensions cases involving transfer provisions between the MET and SOCA.

In addition Alan regularly provides high level advice on TUPE issues, and has acted in a number of cases focusing on post termination restraints (both obtaining and resisting injunctions).

He is the co-author of the Employment Tribunals Handbook (5th edition 2017) published by Bloomsbury Professional.