Rebecca Tuck

Year of call 1998

CClerk

William Meade
020 7269 0360 Email William

Rebecca has been a member of Old Square Chambers since the successful completion of her pupillage in 1998-1999. Her main area of practice is employment and discrimination law, but having also practiced in the field of personal injury for 10 years, she enjoys considerable expertise in 'crossover' areas such as stress at work claims and discrimination cases in which personal injury damages are sought in employment tribunals. Rebecca is recommended for employment law in Chambers and Partners in which she is described as "The "intellectually robust" Rebecca Tuck is "someone you want on your side in a hard-fought case." She gives "clear and decisive advice" and is good on discrimination law in particular.  Previously she has been praised for being "highly responsive and commercial".

Rebecca has a wealth of experience of acting for NHS Trusts, GP practices, dental practices and other healthcare providers, and is also frequently instructed to act for practitioners. She is instructed not only in proceedings before the Employment Tribunal, but also in appearing before internal disciplinary panels, or before regulatory bodies such as the GMC  (excluding the NMC, as Rebecca sits as a Legal Assessor in that jurisdiction).

In the last year Rebecca has been instructed in a number of complex and high value whistleblowing cases acting for doctors where there has been a significant overlap factually between matters within the employment context, and before the GMC.

Publications:

  • Editor of Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law.
  • Co author of Employment Tribunal Procedure (published by LAG); 2nd and 3rd editions.
  • Co author of practice notes on EAT Procedure for PLC (Practical Law Company)
  • Since 2000, co-author of an Annual Labour Law Highlights, published by Institute of Employment Rights.


Appointments and memberships:

  • Chair of the Industrial Law Society 2017 – 19
  • Fee paid employment judge in the London North and West Region
  • ADR qualified mediator
  • NMC Legal Assessor
  • Gray’s Inn Advocacy trainer
  • Registered for public access work
  • Member of the Council of Employment Judges
  • Member of Employment Law Association
  • Member of Employment Law Bar Association
  • Participates in the ELASS scheme.
  • Member of the Institute of Employment Rights

Harrison v Institute of Psychoanalysis

Wilson & Stewart v Vodafone Plc.

Carroll v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis; UKEAT/0302/14

First Bristol v Bailes; [2014] All ER (D) 307

Hall v Xerox UK Ltd; UKEAT/0061/14/JOJ


Rebecca is instructed on behalf of private individuals, corporate clients, trade unions, local authorities, NHS Trusts, police forces, charities and clients in the education sector in all aspects of employment law and discrimination, principally in and around London. She has a particular interest and experience in discrimination claims and undertakes work in the ET and EAT as well as County Courts, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Most often, she is instructed on multi day tribunal cases.

Rebecca qualified as a mediator in 2013. She also represents clients at judicial mediations and in privately funded mediations or round table settlement negotiations. She is regularly instructed on injunctions in the High Court, most frequently involving covenants in restraint of trade. She also appears before the Certification Officer generally on behalf of trade unions.

Rebecca is regularly instructed at stages prior to litigation. She has experience in conducting investigations (usually involving very senior individuals within an organisation), and also of acting as a legal advisor to decision making panels detailing with grievances or disciplinary proceedings.


In appropriate cases Rebecca will accept instructions under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme.

Rebecca undertakes work across an enormous variety of industries and sectors including acting for companies or individuals within telecommunications, transport, management consultancy, healthcare, higher education and law. She has in over 16 years in practice gained particular experience in the following:

Financial Sector

Rebecca has extensive experience of dealing with claims within the financial sector, having acted on behalf of - and on occasion against- a number of domestic and overseas banks. The claims have frequently involved allegations of whistleblowing as well as discrimination, and Rebecca works closely with those instructing her from the earliest stages of litigation, frequently being involved in negotiating settlements and avoiding litigation entirely.

A recent tribunal case in which Rebecca was instructed by Arab National Bank involved allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination on grounds of sex. After a seven day liability hearing the discrimination claims were dismissed.
 
Education

Rebecca has recently been instructed to conduct an investigation within a university, producing a report on the instruction of the chair of council.

She acts as advisor to grievance and disciplinary panels and is able to assist in compiling the outcome documentation on behalf of the decision makers.

As a litigator, Rebecca has been instructed in a case concerning “professorial equal pay” for Royal Holloway, University of London, and a complex whistleblowing / discrimination claim for another Russell Group university which was listed for a 25 day liability hearing in the Tribunal, but settled after a one day mediation shortly before the hearing.

Rebecca regularly acts for public bodies with responsibility for the provision of school education; she has for example successfully represented The Learning Trust in the Court of Appeal case of Henderson v TLT in which a school inclusion manager who was dismissed for accessing sexually explicit images on her work computer sought to rely on her right to freedom of expression under Art 10 ECHR. In 2014 Rebecca achieved a £20,000 costs order in favour of the London Borough of Hackney in a long running case in which a teacher was unfairly dismissed, but not discriminated against on grounds of sex or race as she had alleged.

Rebecca is currently instructed on behalf of a school being sued in the High Court for £15m.
 
Healthcare

Rebecca’s work for NHS Trusts has involved both medical and non-medical staff. Her work in dealing with doctors cases frequently involves application not only of employer’s procedures, but also applicable regulations, the inter-play of the GMC / NICE, and often an understanding of pension issues.
 
Police

Rebecca is on the panel of lawyers who act for the “Met” and frequently acts in multi day discrimination cases. Recent cases have included a claim heard over 11 days, which involved allegations of discrimination on grounds of pregnancy by a woman undergoing IVF treatment; (all claims were dismissed), and unfair dismissal claims by helicopter engineers (also dismissed). Rebecca was also instructed on behalf of an individually named respondent in the cases brought by Ali Dizaei against the Metropolitan Police Authority, Commissioners and others; she obtained a costs order in favour of her client.

Construction

Within the construction sector, Rebecca has dealt with numerous redundancy cases, and also TUPE issues, as well as, recently, issues of whether redundancy selection criteria were indirectly discriminating on grounds of age.


Rebecca has a wealth of experience of acting for NHS Trusts, GP practices, dental practices and other healthcare providers, but is also frequently instructed to act for practitioners. She is instructed not only in proceedings before the Employment Tribunal, but also in appearing before internal disciplinary panels, or before regulatory bodies such as the GMC (excluding the NMC, as Rebecca sits as a Legal Assessor in that jurisdiction).

In the last year Rebecca has been instructed in a number of complex and high value whistleblowing cases acting for doctors where there has been a significant overlap factually between matters within the employment context, and before the GMC. 


Rebecca is a part-time fee paid Employment Judge and accredited mediator. Her experience includes:

  • Advising grievance and disciplinary panels – many within Universities – at the conclusion of which she ensures the decision makers address the relevant issues and drafts the outcome document.
  • Presenting the employer’s case at disciplinary hearings – including liaising with the employee or their representative in compiling documents and clarifying issues.
  • Conducting investigations.
  • Sitting as an appeal decision maker.

pAwards

2017 C&P Leading individual 2016 L500 Leading Individual C&P 2016 Ranked Barrister Chambers & Partners 2015 Barrister Ranked in Chambers & Partners 2014 Ranked in Legal 500 2013

Rebecca has been a member of Old Square Chambers since the successful completion of her pupillage in 1998-1999. Her main area of practice is employment and discrimination law, but having also practiced in the field of personal injury for 10 years, she enjoys considerable expertise in 'crossover' areas such as stress at work claims and discrimination cases in which personal injury damages are sought in employment tribunals. Rebecca is recommended for employment law in Chambers and Partners in which she is described as "The "intellectually robust" Rebecca Tuck is "someone you want on your side in a hard-fought case." She gives "clear and decisive advice" and is good on discrimination law in particular.  Previously she has been praised for being "highly responsive and commercial".

Rebecca has a wealth of experience of acting for NHS Trusts, GP practices, dental practices and other healthcare providers, and is also frequently instructed to act for practitioners. She is instructed not only in proceedings before the Employment Tribunal, but also in appearing before internal disciplinary panels, or before regulatory bodies such as the GMC  (excluding the NMC, as Rebecca sits as a Legal Assessor in that jurisdiction).

In the last year Rebecca has been instructed in a number of complex and high value whistleblowing cases acting for doctors where there has been a significant overlap factually between matters within the employment context, and before the GMC.

Publications:

  • Editor of Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law.
  • Co author of Employment Tribunal Procedure (published by LAG); 2nd and 3rd editions.
  • Co author of practice notes on EAT Procedure for PLC (Practical Law Company)
  • Since 2000, co-author of an Annual Labour Law Highlights, published by Institute of Employment Rights.


Appointments and memberships:

  • Chair of the Industrial Law Society 2017 – 19
  • Fee paid employment judge in the London North and West Region
  • ADR qualified mediator
  • NMC Legal Assessor
  • Gray’s Inn Advocacy trainer
  • Registered for public access work
  • Member of the Council of Employment Judges
  • Member of Employment Law Association
  • Member of Employment Law Bar Association
  • Participates in the ELASS scheme.
  • Member of the Institute of Employment Rights

Harrison v Institute of Psychoanalysis

Wilson & Stewart v Vodafone Plc.

Carroll v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis; UKEAT/0302/14

First Bristol v Bailes; [2014] All ER (D) 307

Hall v Xerox UK Ltd; UKEAT/0061/14/JOJ


Rebecca is instructed on behalf of private individuals, corporate clients, trade unions, local authorities, NHS Trusts, police forces, charities and clients in the education sector in all aspects of employment law and discrimination, principally in and around London. She has a particular interest and experience in discrimination claims and undertakes work in the ET and EAT as well as County Courts, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Most often, she is instructed on multi day tribunal cases.

Rebecca qualified as a mediator in 2013. She also represents clients at judicial mediations and in privately funded mediations or round table settlement negotiations. She is regularly instructed on injunctions in the High Court, most frequently involving covenants in restraint of trade. She also appears before the Certification Officer generally on behalf of trade unions.

Rebecca is regularly instructed at stages prior to litigation. She has experience in conducting investigations (usually involving very senior individuals within an organisation), and also of acting as a legal advisor to decision making panels detailing with grievances or disciplinary proceedings.


In appropriate cases Rebecca will accept instructions under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme.

Rebecca undertakes work across an enormous variety of industries and sectors including acting for companies or individuals within telecommunications, transport, management consultancy, healthcare, higher education and law. She has in over 16 years in practice gained particular experience in the following:

Financial Sector

Rebecca has extensive experience of dealing with claims within the financial sector, having acted on behalf of - and on occasion against- a number of domestic and overseas banks. The claims have frequently involved allegations of whistleblowing as well as discrimination, and Rebecca works closely with those instructing her from the earliest stages of litigation, frequently being involved in negotiating settlements and avoiding litigation entirely.

A recent tribunal case in which Rebecca was instructed by Arab National Bank involved allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination on grounds of sex. After a seven day liability hearing the discrimination claims were dismissed.
 
Education

Rebecca has recently been instructed to conduct an investigation within a university, producing a report on the instruction of the chair of council.

She acts as advisor to grievance and disciplinary panels and is able to assist in compiling the outcome documentation on behalf of the decision makers.

As a litigator, Rebecca has been instructed in a case concerning “professorial equal pay” for Royal Holloway, University of London, and a complex whistleblowing / discrimination claim for another Russell Group university which was listed for a 25 day liability hearing in the Tribunal, but settled after a one day mediation shortly before the hearing.

Rebecca regularly acts for public bodies with responsibility for the provision of school education; she has for example successfully represented The Learning Trust in the Court of Appeal case of Henderson v TLT in which a school inclusion manager who was dismissed for accessing sexually explicit images on her work computer sought to rely on her right to freedom of expression under Art 10 ECHR. In 2014 Rebecca achieved a £20,000 costs order in favour of the London Borough of Hackney in a long running case in which a teacher was unfairly dismissed, but not discriminated against on grounds of sex or race as she had alleged.

Rebecca is currently instructed on behalf of a school being sued in the High Court for £15m.
 
Healthcare

Rebecca’s work for NHS Trusts has involved both medical and non-medical staff. Her work in dealing with doctors cases frequently involves application not only of employer’s procedures, but also applicable regulations, the inter-play of the GMC / NICE, and often an understanding of pension issues.
 
Police

Rebecca is on the panel of lawyers who act for the “Met” and frequently acts in multi day discrimination cases. Recent cases have included a claim heard over 11 days, which involved allegations of discrimination on grounds of pregnancy by a woman undergoing IVF treatment; (all claims were dismissed), and unfair dismissal claims by helicopter engineers (also dismissed). Rebecca was also instructed on behalf of an individually named respondent in the cases brought by Ali Dizaei against the Metropolitan Police Authority, Commissioners and others; she obtained a costs order in favour of her client.

Construction

Within the construction sector, Rebecca has dealt with numerous redundancy cases, and also TUPE issues, as well as, recently, issues of whether redundancy selection criteria were indirectly discriminating on grounds of age.


Rebecca has a wealth of experience of acting for NHS Trusts, GP practices, dental practices and other healthcare providers, but is also frequently instructed to act for practitioners. She is instructed not only in proceedings before the Employment Tribunal, but also in appearing before internal disciplinary panels, or before regulatory bodies such as the GMC (excluding the NMC, as Rebecca sits as a Legal Assessor in that jurisdiction).

In the last year Rebecca has been instructed in a number of complex and high value whistleblowing cases acting for doctors where there has been a significant overlap factually between matters within the employment context, and before the GMC. 


Rebecca is a part-time fee paid Employment Judge and accredited mediator. Her experience includes:

  • Advising grievance and disciplinary panels – many within Universities – at the conclusion of which she ensures the decision makers address the relevant issues and drafts the outcome document.
  • Presenting the employer’s case at disciplinary hearings – including liaising with the employee or their representative in compiling documents and clarifying issues.
  • Conducting investigations.
  • Sitting as an appeal decision maker.

pAwards

2017 C&P Leading individual 2016 L500 Leading Individual C&P 2016 Ranked Barrister Chambers & Partners 2015 Barrister Ranked in Chambers & Partners 2014 Ranked in Legal 500 2013
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