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Neil Downey

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  • Emma Rogers
  • Neil Grisdale

Education and Memberships

  • BA Hons (Oxon), Law
  • Inns of Court School of Law
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association

Areas of Work

  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment
  • Industrial Disease


Personal Injury

Neil acts for both claimants and defendants in personal injury claims including employer's liability, public liability, highways and RTAs.  He has advised and represented claimants in a large number of claims brought on behalf of trade union members, and is currently instructed in a number of cases on behalf of a major UK retailer and a local authority.

He handles occupational disease claims including NIHL, asbestos, dermatitis and psychiatric injury.

Employment Law

Neil undertakes work in all aspects of employment law including unfair dismissal, contract claims (including restrictive covenants), TUPE, discrimination and equal pay.  His clients include sole traders, SMEs and large companies, public sector bodies and charities, trade unions, their members and individual employees at all levels of seniority up to and including directors.  Neil regularly travels to conduct cases outside the North West and is experienced in handling complex and multi-day hearings.

He has delivered talks on aspects of employment law both at chambers' annual employment law conference and at events organised externally.

He undertakes direct access work.


Interesting cases include:
Successfully defending a claim of disability discrimination on behalf of an employer who had required a disabled employee to be accompanied by a support worker.

Jonas v Enterprise Liverpool Ltd [2009] All ER (D) 115 (Aug) (EAT) - ET allowing an amendment of claims by substituting claimants where claims for failure to inform under TUPE had been brought, incorrectly, by individuals instead of representatives. The transferor's appeal was dismissed and the unions' claims were subsequently successful resulting in awards to their members.

European Wellcare Lifestyles Ltd v Crossingham UKEAT/0197/06/DM - whether a substantial adverse effect was "likely to recur" so as to render an employee disabled for the purposes of the DDA.

Initial Electronic Security Systems v Avdic - electronic presentation of claim forms and time limits.

Several claims involving consideration of employee and/or worker status in the construction and allied trades and other fields.

Claims involving psychiatric injury caused by termination of employment and pre-termination conduct.


Year of call: 1997

Inn: Inner Temple

Area: Civil Litigation
Industrial Disease