5 Essex Court

Alice Meredith

Call 2013

Employment

Alice acts in all employment law matters for private and public clients. She has particular expertise in discrimination law, employment status issues, and claims involving multiple respondents. She frequently acts in claims for unfair and constructive dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination, harassment, victimisation and whistleblowing. Alice also has extensive experience in advising on merits and quantum and acting in settlement negotiations and mediations.

Alice has recently been instructed by a respondent in a two-week unfair dismissal, disability and age discrimination claim involving multiple respondents, and successfully represented a claimant in a high value disability discrimination and unfair dismissal claim.

Alice is a co-author of the Bloomsbury Employment Tribunals Handbook 5th and 6th Edition (2017 and 2021), along with other members of Chambers. She regularly contributes to the employment team bulletin “Five from 5”, as well as providing training in Employment and Discrimination Law.

Notable employment cases have included:

B v Beck Interiors Ltd – Instructed by the Claimant: the Tribunal found that the Claimant had been disabled at the material time, and had been unfairly constructively dismissed, and that the Respondent had discriminated against the Claimant (s15 and s20/21 Equality Act 2010) and breached his contract of employment in respect of payment of bonus.

C v Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police – Instructed by the Respondent in this direct discrimination claim in relation to the refusal of requests for flexible working, which included allegations against the then-Assistant Chief Constable. All claims were dismissed.

K v Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd – Instructed by the Respondent in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in this appeal against refusal to extend time to lodge an appeal against judgment.

M v Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary – Instructed by the Respondent in this whistleblowing claim, presented 14 days out of time. At a preliminary hearing, she satisfied the Tribunal that the Claimant, who had been on sick leave, had not been too unwell to bring his claim within time, and that there was an unreasonable delay when he sought legal advice. The Tribunal refused to extend time.

B v Chief Constable of Dorset Police – Instructed by the Respondent in this challenge to national vision requirements for officers who carry Tasers. After a preliminary hearing at which she satisfied the Tribunal that the Claimant’s colour blindness did not qualify him as disabled for the purposes of the Equality Act, the remaining claim of indirect sex discrimination was withdrawn.

W v Chief Constable of Dorset Police – Instructed by the Respondent in this claim for disability discrimination and constructive dismissal, which was dismissed upon withdrawal on the second day, after she had concluded her cross-examination of the Claimant.

K v Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police – Instructed by the Respondent in a successful application for strike out of all claims including race discrimination, harassment and unfair dismissal.

BK v (1) Westminster City Council and (2) Hays Specialist Recruitment Limited – Instructed by the Second Respondent in a claim for discrimination, whistleblowing and breaches of the Agency Workers Regulations, withdrawn on the first day of the hearing in accordance with a consent order, and in the Claimant’s unsuccessful application for reinstatement of the claim.

CM v Bevelynn Ltd – Instructed by the Claimant through the Free Representation Unit in a successful claim for unfair dismissal, resulting in a significant award of compensation.