Rosalie Snocken

Year of call 2010

CClerk

Jack Wheeler
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Roz joined Chambers upon successful completion of her pupillage in 2012. Her practice is comprised of all of Chambers’ core areas, with a particular focus on Clinical Negligence, Discrimination, Employment, Environment, Personal Injury, and Professional Discipline.

Roz regularly undertakes a wide variety of Employment Tribunal hearings ranging from preliminary hearings to multi-day final hearings. She has experience of dealing with many different cases including those concerning discrimination, unfair and wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, unlawful deductions, equal pay, Working Time Regulations, TUPE, whistleblowing, industrial action, Health & Safety and maternity and paternity rights.

Roz has represented both Claimants and Defendants in a range of trials and hearings, including applications and CMCs on both the fast and multi tracks, costs budgeting hearings, Stage 3 hearings and fast track trials and quantum hearings, together with inquests in the Coroner’s Court and CICA claims before the First Tier Tribunal.  Having undertaken both watching briefs and representation of Defendants at Magistrates’ Courts, Roz has experience in criminal matters, primarily those related to her personal injury work arising from RTCs.  She also regularly advises on both liability and quantum in personal injury claims, together with drafting pleadings where appropriate, as well as having experience of negotiations and JSMs. Roz is happy to undertake work on a CFA in suitable cases.

As well as regularly undertaking hearings in Tribunals and County Courts, Roz has also appeared in the EAT, undertaken various High Court matters including Judicial Review, been involved in injunction application hearings and assisted in a case before the Supreme Court (Jones v FTT [2013] UKSC 19; [2013] 2 AC 48).

Before joining Chambers, Roz worked for a national firm’s Serious Injury Team for a total of two years. In her role as a paralegal she dealt with RTC (see our motor defence page here), employer’s liability, and occupiers' liability cases, ranging from fast track matters to multi-million pound catastrophic injury claims. She was also part of a successful team in the Court of Appeal acting for Mark Lynch in Ceva Logistics Ltd v. (1) Mark Anthony Lynch (2) Steve W Lynch T/A SW Lynch Electrical Contractors [2011] EWCA Civ 188.

Roz read Mathematics and Philosophy at Oxford University. She then obtained a Distinction for the Graduate Diploma of Law and was graded Outstanding for the BVC from the College of Law. She was awarded scholarships from the Inner Temple for both the GDL and BVC.

 

  • 5 day remedy hearing (against Leading and Junior Counsel) for two Claimants who had suffered serious psychiatric injury due to indirect sex discrimination (following previously successfully representing the Claimants at a 10 day liability hearing involving matters of national security necessitating a mixed public and private final hearing)
  • Representing a midwife at a 5 day Fitness to Practice Hearing
  • Representing the Respondent NHS Trust see our work in the (Healthcare sector) in an unfair dismissal claim arising from gross negligence and misconduct by a midwife
  • Advising on a multi-track personal injury case involving dental and psychiatric injuries
  • Representing a Physiotherapist at an Interim Order Hearing at the HCPC
  • Drafting the Particulars of Claim and advising on quantum in a fatal accident case (husband with 3 young children) led by Jane McNeill QC
  • Representing the Insurer Defendant against 4 Claimants who were all, following cross-examination, found not to be sufficiently reliable and their claims were all dismissed
  • 5 day TUPE hearing (where the First Respondent was represented by a QC)
  • Advising a College Lecturer on her witness statement and drafting representations in Fitness to Practice Proceedings before the Education Workforce Council
  • Preliminary Hearing concerning whether the Claimant was disabled by reason of depression with live evidence given by the jointly-instructed expert Psychiatrist
  • Advising 2 PhD students regarding potential victimisation and discrimination claims
  • 2-day hearing concerning a Health & Safety and Whistleblowing dismissal relating to the use of highly toxic pesticides on farms
  • Fast Track trial representing the Claimant in an employers’ liability claim arising from a slip at work
  • Representing the Defendant to a personal injury claim arising from someone being injured by an ember/spark from a steam train
  • Directions Hearing where an application had been made for further damages following an award of provisional damages (the original trial having taken place in 1991)
  • Claim (in nuisance and negligence) for property damage caused by a leaking boiler in a flat
  • Representing a Respondent NHS Trust to a claims relating to race and sex discrimination and the right to be accompanied at disciplinary hearings
  • Advising Defendants in various Occupiers’ Liability Claims in a variety of locations ranging from a large Shopping Centre to a rented Council House

Roz is keen to develop her growing clinical negligence practice.  She has been instructed in cases concerning the negligent failure by a GP to correctly diagnose and treat pneumonia, negligent treatment of a foot and toe injury by a hospital, negligently failing to avoid the death of a young man admitted to A&E and ITU following a significant overdose  and the negligent deployment of a marine with lichen planus. 

Roz also has experience in dental cases, for example concerning the negligent performance by a dentist of a crown removal and replacement.

Roz also draws on experience with dealing with Healthcare matters more generally through her work in the Employment Tribunals, hearings before Healthcare Regulators and at Inquests where there is concern over the medical care that was given to the deceased.

Roz is also able to draw on her knowledge from dealing with high-value brain injury cases meaning that she has experience of dealing with complex causation issues, medical experts and large schedules including significant care and accommodation claims. 


Roz is keen to attract instructions in costs disputes, particularly arising out of personal injury matters.  She has experience of appearing in costs proceedings as well as dealing with costs as one of the issues in a more general hearing.

Roz also finds her experience as a paralegal invaluable when dealing with costs matters as it gives her additional familiarity and knowledge of producing costs schedules, time recording and tasks undertaken by Solicitors.  


As set out about above, Roz has been instructed in many different types of employment and discrimination claims, dealing with a wide variety of statutory provisions. Appearing in Employment Tribunals almost every week and very often for multiple days, Roz has experience of dealing with final hearings ranging from 1 to 10 days in length.

It is not just Employment Tribunals that Roz has appeared in.  She has also been instructed in hearings before the EAT, including an appeal against an order of the Registrar and Rule 3(10) hearings.  Roz has also represented the Defendant in an application hearing before the High Court in a claim arising out of employment, where there were also associated employment tribunal proceedings.

Roz represents both Claimants and Respondents.  She has significant experience representing both Claimants who are assisted by a Union and those who are pursuing the claim on a private basis.  She is very familiar with representing small businesses and large organisations alike and understands the different considerations arising from representing private companies and public bodies including NHS Trusts.

It is not only advocacy work that Roz undertakes and she regularly completes written work in employment matters.  She has experience of: drafting grounds of complaint and grounds of response; producing lists of issues; advising on liability and quantum in employment matters, as well as drawing on her experience of writing opinions in personal injury matters; drafting witness statements including in claims concerning equal pay, unfair dismissal and disability discrimination (including impact statements where the question of whether the Claimant is disabled is in dispute); and formulating applications to the Tribunal.

Since Roz undertakes a mixed practice, she is able to draw upon her experience in personal injury matters where this crosses into the employment realm, particularly in those cases concerning stress or harassment for example.

Roz is also keen to accept instructions in cases involving discrimination in a non-employment context.

Roz was until recently co-author of the Westlaw Insight articles on deductions from wages, holiday pay, and gratuities and tips. 

 


Roz also accepts instructions in general civil litigation matters.  She has significant expertise in contractual matters.  She has also successfully represented a website company in a case concerning whether there was tortious liability where a consumer had purchased goods from a third party using the Defendant’s website  (see our Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector). She has also appeared in several matters concerning property damage, including to electricity cables and arising from water damage in a flat.  Roz regularly appears in cases concerning credit hire (see our financial services sector).


Roz has experience of inquests having been instructed both by family members of the deceased and other interested persons.   Inquests that Roz has been involved in have been about the deaths of occupants of a hot air balloon, death due to pneumonia (in the context of a potential clinical negligence claim for delay in diagnosing pulmonary fibrosis), death due to mesothelioma but also considering the care received at hospital when admitted as an emergency due to heart problems, death following an overdose and deaths due to RTCs.  Roz is also able to draw on her personal injury experience particularly where there is a potential civil claim that may be affected by the outcome of the inquest.


Roz is regularly instructed in a wide variety of personal injury claims, on behalf of Claimants and Defendants, for both advocacy and written work.

Roz’s experience covers the following types of claims:

  • Road traffic claims, including claims by/against drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians (see our motor defence page here)
  • Highway s41 failure to maintain and nuisance claims (see our public sector page here)
  • Occupiers’ liability and Defective Premises matters
  • Accidents at work
  • Claims involving harassment,  discrimination  and/or stress at work (for which Roz is able to draw on her knowledge derived from her employment practice (see our employment section here)
  • Product liability matters
  • Claims by pupils against schools/local authorities (see our public sector page here) Military claims

 

As set out above, Roz has experience of appearing in a varied range of Courts and different hearings.  In addition she has a busy paperwork practice involving:

  • Drafting all types of civil pleadings including particulars of claim, defences, requests and answers to requests for further information and Part 35 questions to experts
  • Advising on witness statements (and drafting statements for cases in which she is not instructed as an advocate)
  • Providing written opinions on liability and quantum, both for use at approval hearings and more generally
  • Producing schedules of special damages both for small and large value claims, drawing on her particular strength in maths and also from her involvement in cases whilst a paralegal as well as from experience gained since joining the Bar

 

Roz also has a particular interest in catastrophic cases including those involving brain injuries.  She is keen to continue building her PI practice by being led in order to gain further exposure to high value, complex cases. 

Roz is regularly involved in Criminal Injuries Compensation matters. She has been successful at the FTT in both eligibility and quantum hearings.  Roz also assisted Ben Collins in the preparation for the Supreme Court case of  Jones v FTT [2013] UKSC 19; [2013] 2 AC 48.  


Roz undertakes a broad range of work in employment law and is keen to particularly develop her practice in the area of professional discipline.  In one case Roz was instructed to represent a paramedic at a Fitness to Practice Hearing at the HCPC in relation to allegations that he pushed a patient and did not offer assistance.  She has also represented a midwife at a 5 day Fitness to Practice Hearing at the NMC concerning failure to provide basic care and allegations of dishonesty on 3 separate occasions.  Another Fitness to Practice hearing Roz was instructed in concerned a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who was accused of dishonesty and misconduct arising from undertaking private work whilst signed off sick from her NHS position. Roz also has experience of Interim Order Hearings.  For example, in one recent case Roz represented the Registrant at an Interim Order Hearing concerning a midwife alleged to have falsified medical records.  In another case she represented a midwife who had failed to successfully complete a LSAPP.  She also has experience of representing NHS Trusts in disciplinary matters and has worked on cases involving a range of medical professionals. Her experience in matters concerning the disciplining of professionals also extends to the education sector and the police. In addition she has been involved in several injunction applications.

As well as having a clinical negligence practice (see separate entry) Roz has also been involved in professional negligence cases involving non-healthcare professionals.  


Roz is keen to develop upon her experience of motor cases and health & safety matters from her personal injury and employment practices and extend this into associated criminal and regulatory hearings.  She has experience of appearing in Magistrates’ Courts and is keen to attract instructions for example in prosecutions brought by the HSE or Environment Agency as well as in motor prosecution cases.

She is also looking to attract work arising out of liability for damage caused by flooding, having recently lectured on the topic.

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Roz joined Chambers upon successful completion of her pupillage in 2012. Her practice is comprised of all of Chambers’ core areas, with a particular focus on Clinical Negligence, Discrimination, Employment, Environment, Personal Injury, and Professional Discipline.

Roz regularly undertakes a wide variety of Employment Tribunal hearings ranging from preliminary hearings to multi-day final hearings. She has experience of dealing with many different cases including those concerning discrimination, unfair and wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, unlawful deductions, equal pay, Working Time Regulations, TUPE, whistleblowing, industrial action, Health & Safety and maternity and paternity rights.

Roz has represented both Claimants and Defendants in a range of trials and hearings, including applications and CMCs on both the fast and multi tracks, costs budgeting hearings, Stage 3 hearings and fast track trials and quantum hearings, together with inquests in the Coroner’s Court and CICA claims before the First Tier Tribunal.  Having undertaken both watching briefs and representation of Defendants at Magistrates’ Courts, Roz has experience in criminal matters, primarily those related to her personal injury work arising from RTCs.  She also regularly advises on both liability and quantum in personal injury claims, together with drafting pleadings where appropriate, as well as having experience of negotiations and JSMs. Roz is happy to undertake work on a CFA in suitable cases.

As well as regularly undertaking hearings in Tribunals and County Courts, Roz has also appeared in the EAT, undertaken various High Court matters including Judicial Review, been involved in injunction application hearings and assisted in a case before the Supreme Court (Jones v FTT [2013] UKSC 19; [2013] 2 AC 48).

Before joining Chambers, Roz worked for a national firm’s Serious Injury Team for a total of two years. In her role as a paralegal she dealt with RTC (see our motor defence page here), employer’s liability, and occupiers' liability cases, ranging from fast track matters to multi-million pound catastrophic injury claims. She was also part of a successful team in the Court of Appeal acting for Mark Lynch in Ceva Logistics Ltd v. (1) Mark Anthony Lynch (2) Steve W Lynch T/A SW Lynch Electrical Contractors [2011] EWCA Civ 188.

Roz read Mathematics and Philosophy at Oxford University. She then obtained a Distinction for the Graduate Diploma of Law and was graded Outstanding for the BVC from the College of Law. She was awarded scholarships from the Inner Temple for both the GDL and BVC.

 

  • 5 day remedy hearing (against Leading and Junior Counsel) for two Claimants who had suffered serious psychiatric injury due to indirect sex discrimination (following previously successfully representing the Claimants at a 10 day liability hearing involving matters of national security necessitating a mixed public and private final hearing)
  • Representing a midwife at a 5 day Fitness to Practice Hearing
  • Representing the Respondent NHS Trust see our work in the (Healthcare sector) in an unfair dismissal claim arising from gross negligence and misconduct by a midwife
  • Advising on a multi-track personal injury case involving dental and psychiatric injuries
  • Representing a Physiotherapist at an Interim Order Hearing at the HCPC
  • Drafting the Particulars of Claim and advising on quantum in a fatal accident case (husband with 3 young children) led by Jane McNeill QC
  • Representing the Insurer Defendant against 4 Claimants who were all, following cross-examination, found not to be sufficiently reliable and their claims were all dismissed
  • 5 day TUPE hearing (where the First Respondent was represented by a QC)
  • Advising a College Lecturer on her witness statement and drafting representations in Fitness to Practice Proceedings before the Education Workforce Council
  • Preliminary Hearing concerning whether the Claimant was disabled by reason of depression with live evidence given by the jointly-instructed expert Psychiatrist
  • Advising 2 PhD students regarding potential victimisation and discrimination claims
  • 2-day hearing concerning a Health & Safety and Whistleblowing dismissal relating to the use of highly toxic pesticides on farms
  • Fast Track trial representing the Claimant in an employers’ liability claim arising from a slip at work
  • Representing the Defendant to a personal injury claim arising from someone being injured by an ember/spark from a steam train
  • Directions Hearing where an application had been made for further damages following an award of provisional damages (the original trial having taken place in 1991)
  • Claim (in nuisance and negligence) for property damage caused by a leaking boiler in a flat
  • Representing a Respondent NHS Trust to a claims relating to race and sex discrimination and the right to be accompanied at disciplinary hearings
  • Advising Defendants in various Occupiers’ Liability Claims in a variety of locations ranging from a large Shopping Centre to a rented Council House

Roz is keen to develop her growing clinical negligence practice.  She has been instructed in cases concerning the negligent failure by a GP to correctly diagnose and treat pneumonia, negligent treatment of a foot and toe injury by a hospital, negligently failing to avoid the death of a young man admitted to A&E and ITU following a significant overdose  and the negligent deployment of a marine with lichen planus. 

Roz also has experience in dental cases, for example concerning the negligent performance by a dentist of a crown removal and replacement.

Roz also draws on experience with dealing with Healthcare matters more generally through her work in the Employment Tribunals, hearings before Healthcare Regulators and at Inquests where there is concern over the medical care that was given to the deceased.

Roz is also able to draw on her knowledge from dealing with high-value brain injury cases meaning that she has experience of dealing with complex causation issues, medical experts and large schedules including significant care and accommodation claims. 


Roz is keen to attract instructions in costs disputes, particularly arising out of personal injury matters.  She has experience of appearing in costs proceedings as well as dealing with costs as one of the issues in a more general hearing.

Roz also finds her experience as a paralegal invaluable when dealing with costs matters as it gives her additional familiarity and knowledge of producing costs schedules, time recording and tasks undertaken by Solicitors.  


As set out about above, Roz has been instructed in many different types of employment and discrimination claims, dealing with a wide variety of statutory provisions. Appearing in Employment Tribunals almost every week and very often for multiple days, Roz has experience of dealing with final hearings ranging from 1 to 10 days in length.

It is not just Employment Tribunals that Roz has appeared in.  She has also been instructed in hearings before the EAT, including an appeal against an order of the Registrar and Rule 3(10) hearings.  Roz has also represented the Defendant in an application hearing before the High Court in a claim arising out of employment, where there were also associated employment tribunal proceedings.

Roz represents both Claimants and Respondents.  She has significant experience representing both Claimants who are assisted by a Union and those who are pursuing the claim on a private basis.  She is very familiar with representing small businesses and large organisations alike and understands the different considerations arising from representing private companies and public bodies including NHS Trusts.

It is not only advocacy work that Roz undertakes and she regularly completes written work in employment matters.  She has experience of: drafting grounds of complaint and grounds of response; producing lists of issues; advising on liability and quantum in employment matters, as well as drawing on her experience of writing opinions in personal injury matters; drafting witness statements including in claims concerning equal pay, unfair dismissal and disability discrimination (including impact statements where the question of whether the Claimant is disabled is in dispute); and formulating applications to the Tribunal.

Since Roz undertakes a mixed practice, she is able to draw upon her experience in personal injury matters where this crosses into the employment realm, particularly in those cases concerning stress or harassment for example.

Roz is also keen to accept instructions in cases involving discrimination in a non-employment context.

Roz was until recently co-author of the Westlaw Insight articles on deductions from wages, holiday pay, and gratuities and tips. 

 


Roz also accepts instructions in general civil litigation matters.  She has significant expertise in contractual matters.  She has also successfully represented a website company in a case concerning whether there was tortious liability where a consumer had purchased goods from a third party using the Defendant’s website  (see our Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector). She has also appeared in several matters concerning property damage, including to electricity cables and arising from water damage in a flat.  Roz regularly appears in cases concerning credit hire (see our financial services sector).


Roz has experience of inquests having been instructed both by family members of the deceased and other interested persons.   Inquests that Roz has been involved in have been about the deaths of occupants of a hot air balloon, death due to pneumonia (in the context of a potential clinical negligence claim for delay in diagnosing pulmonary fibrosis), death due to mesothelioma but also considering the care received at hospital when admitted as an emergency due to heart problems, death following an overdose and deaths due to RTCs.  Roz is also able to draw on her personal injury experience particularly where there is a potential civil claim that may be affected by the outcome of the inquest.


Roz is regularly instructed in a wide variety of personal injury claims, on behalf of Claimants and Defendants, for both advocacy and written work.

Roz’s experience covers the following types of claims:

  • Road traffic claims, including claims by/against drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians (see our motor defence page here)
  • Highway s41 failure to maintain and nuisance claims (see our public sector page here)
  • Occupiers’ liability and Defective Premises matters
  • Accidents at work
  • Claims involving harassment,  discrimination  and/or stress at work (for which Roz is able to draw on her knowledge derived from her employment practice (see our employment section here)
  • Product liability matters
  • Claims by pupils against schools/local authorities (see our public sector page here) Military claims

 

As set out above, Roz has experience of appearing in a varied range of Courts and different hearings.  In addition she has a busy paperwork practice involving:

  • Drafting all types of civil pleadings including particulars of claim, defences, requests and answers to requests for further information and Part 35 questions to experts
  • Advising on witness statements (and drafting statements for cases in which she is not instructed as an advocate)
  • Providing written opinions on liability and quantum, both for use at approval hearings and more generally
  • Producing schedules of special damages both for small and large value claims, drawing on her particular strength in maths and also from her involvement in cases whilst a paralegal as well as from experience gained since joining the Bar

 

Roz also has a particular interest in catastrophic cases including those involving brain injuries.  She is keen to continue building her PI practice by being led in order to gain further exposure to high value, complex cases. 

Roz is regularly involved in Criminal Injuries Compensation matters. She has been successful at the FTT in both eligibility and quantum hearings.  Roz also assisted Ben Collins in the preparation for the Supreme Court case of  Jones v FTT [2013] UKSC 19; [2013] 2 AC 48.  


Roz undertakes a broad range of work in employment law and is keen to particularly develop her practice in the area of professional discipline.  In one case Roz was instructed to represent a paramedic at a Fitness to Practice Hearing at the HCPC in relation to allegations that he pushed a patient and did not offer assistance.  She has also represented a midwife at a 5 day Fitness to Practice Hearing at the NMC concerning failure to provide basic care and allegations of dishonesty on 3 separate occasions.  Another Fitness to Practice hearing Roz was instructed in concerned a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who was accused of dishonesty and misconduct arising from undertaking private work whilst signed off sick from her NHS position. Roz also has experience of Interim Order Hearings.  For example, in one recent case Roz represented the Registrant at an Interim Order Hearing concerning a midwife alleged to have falsified medical records.  In another case she represented a midwife who had failed to successfully complete a LSAPP.  She also has experience of representing NHS Trusts in disciplinary matters and has worked on cases involving a range of medical professionals. Her experience in matters concerning the disciplining of professionals also extends to the education sector and the police. In addition she has been involved in several injunction applications.

As well as having a clinical negligence practice (see separate entry) Roz has also been involved in professional negligence cases involving non-healthcare professionals.  


Roz is keen to develop upon her experience of motor cases and health & safety matters from her personal injury and employment practices and extend this into associated criminal and regulatory hearings.  She has experience of appearing in Magistrates’ Courts and is keen to attract instructions for example in prosecutions brought by the HSE or Environment Agency as well as in motor prosecution cases.

She is also looking to attract work arising out of liability for damage caused by flooding, having recently lectured on the topic.

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