Professor Roy Lewis

Year of call 1992

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Professor Lewis has a niche practice in third party roles in the fields of industrial relations and employment law, including discrimination. These roles include arbitration, mediation, investigation, consultancy and chairing various bodies. Professor Lewis performs these roles at both national and international levels.

His current appointments include the following:

  • Member of Acas Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators for Trade Disputes (since 1985); of Acas Panel of Arbitrators for Unfair Dismissals (since 2001); and of Acas Arb/Med Panel for Two Tier Workforce in Government Services and the NHS (since 2005)
  • Chairman, Royal Mail National Appeals Panel (1998-2012) – heard over 100 disciplinary appeals from trade union representatives
  • Chairman, Grievance Committee, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); formerly Chairman, Appeals Committee, EBRD (1999-2002) and President, Administrative Tribunal, EBRD (2002-07)
  • Deputy Chairman, Central Arbitration Committee (2000-2014)
  • Accredited member of ADR Chambers (UK) Ltd (since 2002)
  • President, Administrative Tribunal, Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (since 2006)
  • Vice President, Administrative Tribunal, Asian Development Bank (since 2012)


Career History

  • Academic qualifications: LlB (1966) and MSc (Econ) Industrial Relations (1967), London School of Economics
  • 1967-69 Consultant, Division of Industrial and Human Relations, AIC Ltd
  • 1969-79 Lecturer in Industrial Relations, London School of Economics
  • 1979-80 Special Adviser, House of Commons Select Committee on Employment
  • 1979-87 Principal Research Fellow, Industrial Relations Research Unit, University of Warwick
  • 1987-96 Professor of Law, University of Southampton; 1989-93 - Dean of the Faculty of Law and Head of Law Department
  • 1996-2001 Visiting Professor of Law, University of Southampton
  • 1994-to date Barrister, Old Square Chambers

Professor Lewis is one of the UK’s leading exponents of labour arbitration, a field in which he has over 35 years’ experience.

Examples of arbitration experience 

Substantial experience of arbitration of employment disputes (arranged through ACAS or privately) in many industries, including banking, insurance, oil, air traffic, railways, education, health, motors, food, electrical contracting, electricity supply, gas, timber, tobacco, prisons, printing, media and entertainment.

Involvement in labour arbitration in the Channel Islands.

Regularly appointed by Acas to train new arbitrators and to be a keynote speaker at Acas conferences on arbitration.

Examples of chairing standing bodies

The Royal Mail National Appeals Panel hears disciplinary appeals from union representatives in Royal Mail.

The Grievance Committee of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development hears grievances from staff who are excluded from the courts by virtue of the Bank's international immunity.

The Central Arbitration Committee adjudicates under the statutory procedures concerning trade union recognition, disclosure of information for collective bargaining, european works councils and information and consultation.

All of these bodies are supported by secretariats and involve conducting adjudications/hearings together with lay members.

 


Professor Lewis has extensive experience of ADR/Mediation in an industrial relations as well as a purely legal context.

Examples of mediation experience

  • 2002: Mediation between a county fire service and a union focusing on the interaction of procedures on collective disputes, discipline, and individual grievances and the breakdown in personal relations among the parties; the mediation culminated in a report agreed by both sides and a significant improvement in industrial and human relations. 
  • 2003: Mediation between a major airline and the union representing cabin crew; the outcome was a reform of the formal procedure and standards of conduct. 
  • 2004: Mediation of a legal dispute between an NHS Trust and an employee, who had initiated legal proceedings seeking compensation for sex and race discrimination and equal pay; the process culminated in a compromise agreement between the parties. 
  • 2005: Mediation of a legal dispute between a merchant bank and a senior employee, who sought high value compensation on grounds of sex discrimination and equal pay; the result was a compromise agreement. 
  • 2007 and 2009: as the appointed Independent Person, performed the "med-arb" procedure in the NHS applicable to disputes over the two tier labour force - so far the only examples of this procedure in operation.
  • 2011: mediation of a legal dispute between a financial services company and an adviser.
  • 2012: mediation in Geneva of a dispute between a multinational and an Indonesian trade union affiliated to an international trade union confederation.
  • 2013 and 2014: mediations of disputes between NGOs and multinationals in connection with the application of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.


Examples of other recent third party roles

  • 2003: Consultancy report on the relationship between a chief executive and other senior managers in a major public sector institution. 
  • 2004: Prescriptive investigation into operation of the disciplinary procedures within a leading higher education institution. 
  • 2005: Chaired redundancy appeals procedure in respect of employees of a national newspaper implementing new technology. 
  • 2006: Prescriptive investigation into operation of the collective disputes procedures applicable to a major service within the criminal justice system.
  • 2012-2013: investigation of an internal trade union complaint.
  • 2012-2013: Investigation of a sensitive employment matter in an NHS Trust.


Other experience of adjudication, arbitration, mediation in the fields of employment and discrimination

  • 1994 - 1996: National appeal hearings, clinical regarding exercise, NHS
  • 1997, 2003, 2004, and 2012: Designated Independent Person under the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) Regulations and the disciplinary procedure for local government chief executives
  • 2001 - 2006: Part-time Chairman of Employment Tribunals, Southampton Region
  • 2004 - 2007: Independent Expert to the Technical Advisory Panel of the National Joint Council for Local Authorities' Fire Brigades


Examples of publications by Professor Lewis on dispute resolution 

  • 1990: "Strike Free Deals and Pendulum Arbitration" British Journal of Industrial Relations 
  • 1993: (With Jon Clark) Employment Rights, Industrial Tribunals, and Arbitration: the Case for Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Employment Rights (proposed scheme for an arbitral alternative to the tribunals, which in modified form was embodied in the Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Act 1998
  • 1995: (With Jon Clark and Catherine Barnard) The Exercise of Individual Employment Rights in the Member States of the European Community Research Series No 49, Employment Department (research commissioned by the Department) 
  • 1998: "The Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Act 1998" Industrial Law Journal 

Professor Lewis is an expert in the field of international administrative law, that is, the law applicable to the employment of international civil servants by international organisations.  His roles include judicial appointments with three multinational development banks.

International Judicial Appointments

  • Vice President, Administrative Tribunal, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines (since 2012)
  • President, Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, Thessaloniki, Greece (since 2006)
  • Chair, Grievance Committee, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), London, UK (since 2007), and formerly President of its Administrative Tribunal (2002-2007) and Chair of its Appeals Committee (1999-2002)


Other work in International Administrative Law

  • 2014: appointed as a legal consultant on employment matters by an EU multilateral financial institution
  • 2006: consultancy report for an international organisation on the design and reform of its system of internal justice


International Seminars

  • 2014: chaired session at an international symposium in Washington DC to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Administrative Tribunal of the International Monetary Fund.
  • 2010: speaker at an international symposium in Washington DC to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the World Bank’s Administrative Tribunal; Professor Lewis’s paper was published in O Elias (ed) The Development and Effectiveness of International Administrative Law, Nijhoff, 2012.
  • 2007: speaker at conference in Vienna for international investigators that was sponsored by the UN and the EU Anti-Fraud Office.


International Mediations

  • 2012: mediation in Geneva of a dispute between a multinational and an Indonesian trade union affiliated to an international trade union confederation.
  • 2013 and 2014: mediations of disputes between NGOs and multinational companies in connection with the application of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

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Professor Lewis has a niche practice in third party roles in the fields of industrial relations and employment law, including discrimination. These roles include arbitration, mediation, investigation, consultancy and chairing various bodies. Professor Lewis performs these roles at both national and international levels.

His current appointments include the following:

  • Member of Acas Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators for Trade Disputes (since 1985); of Acas Panel of Arbitrators for Unfair Dismissals (since 2001); and of Acas Arb/Med Panel for Two Tier Workforce in Government Services and the NHS (since 2005)
  • Chairman, Royal Mail National Appeals Panel (1998-2012) – heard over 100 disciplinary appeals from trade union representatives
  • Chairman, Grievance Committee, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); formerly Chairman, Appeals Committee, EBRD (1999-2002) and President, Administrative Tribunal, EBRD (2002-07)
  • Deputy Chairman, Central Arbitration Committee (2000-2014)
  • Accredited member of ADR Chambers (UK) Ltd (since 2002)
  • President, Administrative Tribunal, Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (since 2006)
  • Vice President, Administrative Tribunal, Asian Development Bank (since 2012)


Career History

  • Academic qualifications: LlB (1966) and MSc (Econ) Industrial Relations (1967), London School of Economics
  • 1967-69 Consultant, Division of Industrial and Human Relations, AIC Ltd
  • 1969-79 Lecturer in Industrial Relations, London School of Economics
  • 1979-80 Special Adviser, House of Commons Select Committee on Employment
  • 1979-87 Principal Research Fellow, Industrial Relations Research Unit, University of Warwick
  • 1987-96 Professor of Law, University of Southampton; 1989-93 - Dean of the Faculty of Law and Head of Law Department
  • 1996-2001 Visiting Professor of Law, University of Southampton
  • 1994-to date Barrister, Old Square Chambers

Professor Lewis is one of the UK’s leading exponents of labour arbitration, a field in which he has over 35 years’ experience.

Examples of arbitration experience 

Substantial experience of arbitration of employment disputes (arranged through ACAS or privately) in many industries, including banking, insurance, oil, air traffic, railways, education, health, motors, food, electrical contracting, electricity supply, gas, timber, tobacco, prisons, printing, media and entertainment.

Involvement in labour arbitration in the Channel Islands.

Regularly appointed by Acas to train new arbitrators and to be a keynote speaker at Acas conferences on arbitration.

Examples of chairing standing bodies

The Royal Mail National Appeals Panel hears disciplinary appeals from union representatives in Royal Mail.

The Grievance Committee of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development hears grievances from staff who are excluded from the courts by virtue of the Bank's international immunity.

The Central Arbitration Committee adjudicates under the statutory procedures concerning trade union recognition, disclosure of information for collective bargaining, european works councils and information and consultation.

All of these bodies are supported by secretariats and involve conducting adjudications/hearings together with lay members.

 


Professor Lewis has extensive experience of ADR/Mediation in an industrial relations as well as a purely legal context.

Examples of mediation experience

  • 2002: Mediation between a county fire service and a union focusing on the interaction of procedures on collective disputes, discipline, and individual grievances and the breakdown in personal relations among the parties; the mediation culminated in a report agreed by both sides and a significant improvement in industrial and human relations. 
  • 2003: Mediation between a major airline and the union representing cabin crew; the outcome was a reform of the formal procedure and standards of conduct. 
  • 2004: Mediation of a legal dispute between an NHS Trust and an employee, who had initiated legal proceedings seeking compensation for sex and race discrimination and equal pay; the process culminated in a compromise agreement between the parties. 
  • 2005: Mediation of a legal dispute between a merchant bank and a senior employee, who sought high value compensation on grounds of sex discrimination and equal pay; the result was a compromise agreement. 
  • 2007 and 2009: as the appointed Independent Person, performed the "med-arb" procedure in the NHS applicable to disputes over the two tier labour force - so far the only examples of this procedure in operation.
  • 2011: mediation of a legal dispute between a financial services company and an adviser.
  • 2012: mediation in Geneva of a dispute between a multinational and an Indonesian trade union affiliated to an international trade union confederation.
  • 2013 and 2014: mediations of disputes between NGOs and multinationals in connection with the application of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.


Examples of other recent third party roles

  • 2003: Consultancy report on the relationship between a chief executive and other senior managers in a major public sector institution. 
  • 2004: Prescriptive investigation into operation of the disciplinary procedures within a leading higher education institution. 
  • 2005: Chaired redundancy appeals procedure in respect of employees of a national newspaper implementing new technology. 
  • 2006: Prescriptive investigation into operation of the collective disputes procedures applicable to a major service within the criminal justice system.
  • 2012-2013: investigation of an internal trade union complaint.
  • 2012-2013: Investigation of a sensitive employment matter in an NHS Trust.


Other experience of adjudication, arbitration, mediation in the fields of employment and discrimination

  • 1994 - 1996: National appeal hearings, clinical regarding exercise, NHS
  • 1997, 2003, 2004, and 2012: Designated Independent Person under the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) Regulations and the disciplinary procedure for local government chief executives
  • 2001 - 2006: Part-time Chairman of Employment Tribunals, Southampton Region
  • 2004 - 2007: Independent Expert to the Technical Advisory Panel of the National Joint Council for Local Authorities' Fire Brigades


Examples of publications by Professor Lewis on dispute resolution 

  • 1990: "Strike Free Deals and Pendulum Arbitration" British Journal of Industrial Relations 
  • 1993: (With Jon Clark) Employment Rights, Industrial Tribunals, and Arbitration: the Case for Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Employment Rights (proposed scheme for an arbitral alternative to the tribunals, which in modified form was embodied in the Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Act 1998
  • 1995: (With Jon Clark and Catherine Barnard) The Exercise of Individual Employment Rights in the Member States of the European Community Research Series No 49, Employment Department (research commissioned by the Department) 
  • 1998: "The Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Act 1998" Industrial Law Journal 

Professor Lewis is an expert in the field of international administrative law, that is, the law applicable to the employment of international civil servants by international organisations.  His roles include judicial appointments with three multinational development banks.

International Judicial Appointments

  • Vice President, Administrative Tribunal, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines (since 2012)
  • President, Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, Thessaloniki, Greece (since 2006)
  • Chair, Grievance Committee, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), London, UK (since 2007), and formerly President of its Administrative Tribunal (2002-2007) and Chair of its Appeals Committee (1999-2002)


Other work in International Administrative Law

  • 2014: appointed as a legal consultant on employment matters by an EU multilateral financial institution
  • 2006: consultancy report for an international organisation on the design and reform of its system of internal justice


International Seminars

  • 2014: chaired session at an international symposium in Washington DC to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Administrative Tribunal of the International Monetary Fund.
  • 2010: speaker at an international symposium in Washington DC to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the World Bank’s Administrative Tribunal; Professor Lewis’s paper was published in O Elias (ed) The Development and Effectiveness of International Administrative Law, Nijhoff, 2012.
  • 2007: speaker at conference in Vienna for international investigators that was sponsored by the UN and the EU Anti-Fraud Office.


International Mediations

  • 2012: mediation in Geneva of a dispute between a multinational and an Indonesian trade union affiliated to an international trade union confederation.
  • 2013 and 2014: mediations of disputes between NGOs and multinational companies in connection with the application of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

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