Martina’s principal areas of practice are employment and discrimination. Her other related areas of practice include professional regulatory and discipline and public and administrative law.

Martina acts for employers and employees and regularly appears in the appellate courts.

Employment and Discrimination
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Martina specialises in employment litigation in the Employment Tribunal, High Court and the appellate courts (the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal). She has substantial experience acting in complex and high value discrimination and whistleblowing before the Employment Tribunal, both for claimants and employers and for individual respondents.

Martina’s clients are often in the healthcare sector for example NHS Trusts, Consultants, and Nurses.  Her experience in this sector extends to judicial review proceedings in the High Court and Inquests. Her client base is wide-ranging and has recently included an inter-broker dealer, Solicitor, Barrister, Prison service employee, the Met Police, NHS Foundation Trust, an International School and Royalty.  She accepts direct access instructions.

Martina is regularly instructed to advise clients on cases involving issues of significant reputational importance.  She has successfully obtained restricted reporting orders (RROs) on behalf of her clients to prevent identification of individuals.

Martina has experience of professional disciplinary cases and judicial review proceedings.  She also has experience of advocacy and presenting cases at internal disciplinary, grievance and appeal hearings.

Current and recent work includes:

  • Advising employee on enforceability of restrictive covenants and allegations of sharing confidential information.
  • Instructed in a 10-day whistleblowing claim on behalf of a claimant against a health-care provider.
  • Instructed in a 18-day whistleblowing claim on behalf of two GPs.
  • Article 2 arguments at a Pre-Inquest Review Hearing (mental health).
  • Representing a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in his whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claim against his former employer NHS Trust (restricted reporting order in place).
  • Acting for a civilian employee in his substantial disability discrimination claim including bullying and harassment against his former employer (public sector).
  • Representing a NHS Trust against a claim for unfair dismissal from their former Head of Midwifery whom they dismissed for bullying and harassment. Reported in the Press.
  • Acting for the MET Police in a 3-week liability Hearing defending claims of race and religious discrimination by a current civilian employee.
  • Representing an inter-broker dealer in his whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, breach of contract claim (bonus) against an inter-broker dealer.
  • Representing a solicitor in settlement negotiations and settlement agreement.
  • Acting for a Nurse in a regulatory matter, judicial review of decision to strike her off from the Professional register.
  • Representing a bus driver, a Jamaican national (Windrush Generation), dismissed for not being able to provide a document which would prove that he had the right to work in the UK.
  • Representing a former employee of the DWP in her disability discrimination and harassment claim to the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Qualifications & Awards

Masters (LLM), Labour Law, London School of Economics and Political Science

LLB (Hons), University of East Anglia (UEA)

Appointments & Memberships

Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA); Assistant Secretary (May 2017 to date), Committee member (2014 – present)

Industrial Law Society (ILS)

Employment Lawyers Association

Administrative Law Bar Association

Other relevant information

Martina is Deputy Head of 12KBW’s Employment Group and a Pupillage Supervisor.

Martina is an active supporter of social mobility at the Bar, recently taking 11 Tottenham primary school children to meet the Hon. Mr Justice Choudhury (the new President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal).

Martina is a supporter of Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit (BPBU) and the COAS and ELAAS schemes and has assisted a number of individuals with their appeals in the EAT on a pro bono basis.

Martina was a member of Tanfield Chambers from 1998-2017.

Publications

Martina is regularly asked to provide expert legal comment:

Joint submission with Rachel Crasnow QC on behalf of the Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA) to Parliament’s Women and Equality Committee’s Inquiry

‘Ensuring strong equalities legislation after EU Brexit’ (2016)

LexisNexis webinars with Ed Stacey, Partner, PwC, ‘Mandatory gender pay gap reporting: what you need to know’ (2016) and Employment Law round up (2015)

Legal Network TV (LNTV) on the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act (SBEE) 2015

Contributor to Westlaw’s Insight Employment Law Encyclopaedia (2015-16):

Equal pay: gender pay gap reporting (2016) Joint article by Martina and Ed Stacey

Zero hours contracts

Cases

U v Department for Work and Pensions [2017] IRLR 304 

Martina acted for a former employee of the DWP in her substantial disability discrimination and harassment claim before the EAT.  Martina successfully argued a new point of law on harassment – that ‘actual’ unfair dismissal (as opposed to ‘constructive’) can amount as a matter of law to harassment.

D Baker v Abellio London Ltd UKEAT/0250/16/LA (1.2.2017) 

Martina acted for the Appellant, Mr Baker at the Preliminary stage of his appeal before the EAT.  The Company had dismissed Mr Baker, a bus driver, a Jamaican national, for not being able to provide a document which would prove that he had the right to work in the UK.  Martina persuaded the EAT that the matter should proceed to a full Hearing regarding the reason and the fairness of the dismissal and the claim for unlawful deduction of wages.  The Full Appeal was reported in the Press.

Whistleblowing, Unfair Dismissal and Breach of Contract

Martina acted for a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, initially on a direct access basis at his internal appeal against his dismissal and finally at his Remedy Hearing before the Employment Tribunal, where (unusually) the Respondent had refused to comply with an order for re-engagement.

X v Public Sector Employer (2018)

Martina acted for a former employee in his claim for disability discrimination, Harassment and unfair dismissal.  There were non-disclosure issues and following Martina’s cross-examination of the Respondent’s witnesses the matter settled mid-trial.

Multiple Discrimination (Race, Disability)

Martina acted for the MET police in defending claims of multiple discrimination on grounds of race and disability over a 3-week trial period.  There were multiple preliminary issues including strike out and wasted costs.

Judicial Review / Regulatory

Holder v Nursing and Midwifery Council [2017] EWHC (Admin) 1565;

Martina advised and drafted submissions on behalf of a Nurse judicially reviewing the decision to strike her off the professional register.

Whistle-blowing, Unfair Dismissal, Bonus scheme (2017)

Martina acted for an inter-broker dealer in his claim for whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and bonus.  It was successfully mediated. (2017)