Jane McNeill specialises in the fields of employment and personal injury law. She is an accredited mediator and has successfully mediated a number of substantial and difficult discrimination and personal injury disputes. She has acted in a number of the leading cases in the discrimination field (Slack v. Cumbria
, Gutridge v. Sodexo
, Grundy v. BA
, Kapur v. Barclays Bank
, Hallam v. Avery
and the Preston litigation
). She has recently represented BA pilots in the Supreme Court in BA v Williams, test cases concerning holiday pay in the civil aviation sector, in which the Supreme Court has made a reference to the Court of Justice. She has represented the Respondent in the Rose Gibb case, considering the powers of a public authority to agree compensation payments which exceed common law and statutory liabilities. She is ranked as a leading silk in the employment field in the most recent editions of both
Chambers and Partners
(described as "never less than fully prepared to bat off the slings and arrows") and in the
("methodical" and with "an edge in defending discrimination cases").
She has more than 20 years experience in both employment and personal injury law and has acted in many multi-party and test cases. She has particular expertise in high value personal injury claims in both the civil and employment tribunal jurisdictions. She sits as a Recorder in the County Court and is a part-time (fee-paid) employment tribunal judge.
She is the editor of the Equality and Diversity Code for the Bar, is a senior advocacy trainer and regularly speaks at seminars and conferences on both employment and personal injury issues.
Chambers and Partners, 2012 says the "delightful and highly competent" Jane McNeill QC inspires solicitors with confidence and wins significant victories. She recently represented nine claimants in the Court of Appeal and in an equal pay claim against the Audit Commission. Other recent notable highlights for her include securing £4.3 million in compensation in the Employment Tribunal in a race and sex discrimination claim.
Chambers and Partners, 2011 recommends Jane McNeill QC: "Loved by clients but feared by opponents," this "tough and persistent advocate manages to present every argument in the most attractive light." She never fails to deliver a top-quality service, and is appreciated by her clients for her dedication and collaborative manner.
Chambers and Partners, 2010 describe Jane as "
an undersung heroine," according to sources. Her "
robust advocacy, calm manner and brilliant work on equal pay matters" have not gone unnoticed amongst those in the know.
The latest Legal 500 also offer an abundance of praise for her recent work: Jane McNeill QC's 'excellent advocacy skills cut to the heart of an issue'. and is 'calm, wonderfully clear and commendably hands on'.