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Alice Carse

Year of Call: 2008

"the barristers are all very bright, responsive, cool under pressure"

Legal 500

Alice Carse

Year of Call: 2008

"the barristers are all very bright, responsive, cool under pressure"

Legal 500

Alice Carse

Year of Call: 2008

Alice Carse

"the barristers are all very bright, responsive, cool under pressure"

Legal 500

Alice Carse

Year of Call: 2008

Alice Carse is an experienced advocate who is often instructed to appear against more senior counsel. This includes acting as sole counsel in long multi-day hearings. Alice practices in employment and industrial relations, commercial and tax litigation. Her clients include multinational companies in the insurance, construction, transport, banking and retail sectors.

In 2016 she was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel).”

  • Employment

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    Alice has a busy employment law practice covering all aspects of employment work at first instance and on appeal, in the ET, EAT and High Court. She specialises in industrial relations and industrial action and has worked on some of the most high profile disputes in recent years. She is often instructed against more senior counsel.

    Recent highlights include:

    • Advising British Airways on industrial action by cabin crew in December 2016 (junior to Andrew Burns QC).
    • Representing a City commercial real estate company in a high value claim for unfair dismissal, age discrimination and disability discrimination before the ET and EAT.
    • Resisting an application for interim relief in the ET in a whistleblowing claim.
    • Representing a bank in a 15 day discrimination and constructive dismissal claim before the ET.


    Industrial Relations

    Alice has particular expertise in industrial relations and industrial action. Chambers and Partners 2016 describes Devereux's work in this area as chambers' "trump card". Alice is frequently instructed as junior to Andrew Burns QC in industrial relations disputes.

    In December 2016 and January 2017 Alice advised British Airways on the industrial action taken by cabin crew (as junior to Andrew Burns QC). During summer 2015 Alice advised another company on potential industrial action in the airline industry.

    Alice has experience of making applications for injunctive relief and advising on strategies for coping with industrial action such as the use of alternative workers to cover the work done by strikers. She advises on industrial action which involves a cross-border element (Viking and Laval type cases) and has also advised on blacklisting, collective agreements and employer membership of union-backed trade organisations.

    Alice has been involved in industrial relations cases in a number of industries including retail, delivery services, airlines and construction.

    In 2016 she was instructed to assist with industrial relations matters arising in the Construction Industry Blacklisting litigation.

    During pupillage she worked on a number of industrial relations cases including the British Airways Cabin Crew Litigation - Malone & Ors v British Airways Plc [2010] EWHC 302 (QB), [2010] All ER (D) 220 (Bruce Carr QC leading Andrew Burns QC) and EDF Energy Powerlink v RMT [2010] IRLR 114 (Timothy Brennan QC leading Andrew Burns QC).


    Restrictive Covenants & Injunctions

    Alice is experienced in acting for both claimants and defendants in disputes relating to restrictive covenants, including the use of confidential information by former employees. Some recent examples include:

    • Acting for the claimant in a High Court international restrictive covenant and confidentiality dispute in the High Court. Although led by Andrew Burns QC, Alice was instructed to make the application for permission for alternative service due to the defendant being outside the jurisdiction.
    • Successfully resisting an application for injunctive relief sought against a bank by a former employee in respect of alleged breach of contract and failure to disclose personal data. The claim was struck out.
    • Advising a solicitors' firm on injunctive relief for breach of confidentiality and inducing breach of contract.


    Dismissals and Employment Rights

    Alice is experienced in representing employees and employers in claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal in the ET and the courts. She has represented senior employees in unfair dismissal and breach of contract claims against financial and City institutions, against more senior opponents. Alice has a wealth of experience in representing employers ranging from small businesses to international companies in a wide range of dismissal disputes. She can provide advice and representation on the whole range of employment rights including whistleblowing and TUPE cases and dismissals which engage Article 8 ECHR.


    Pay, Incentives and Pensions

    Alice has experience of both contractual and statutory claims for wages, holiday pay and other incentives and payments. Her recent work includes:

    • Advising a City bank on a claim for bonus and share payments upon termination.
    • Advising on a High Court breach of contract claim in relation to a contractual redundancy scheme.
    • Advising on a contractual claim for commission payments.
    • Advising and drafting proceedings in a claim for recovery of severance pay withheld due to alleged misconduct.


    Equality

    Examples of Alice's recent equality work include:

    • P x X - successfully representing a construction company in a claim of alleged race discrimination against Polish workers.
    • T v B - successfully representing a City commercial real estate company in a high value claim for unfair dismissal, age discrimination and disability discrimination.
    • C v O - successfully representing an university in a constructive dismissal and age discrimination claim. The case received considerable press coverage.
    • Representing appellants in the EAT in claims relating to the abolition of the default retirement age and extension of time for presenting an appeal.
    • B v BA - led by Andrew Burns QC in successfully defending an equal pay claim.
    • X v L - successfully representing a respondent at ET in a 2 day disability discrimination claim and obtaining an award of costs against the claimant
    • JK v MK - successfully representing a Respondent in a 6 day race discrimination claim. The ET was persuaded to make a finding that the Claimant had fabricated a document.

    Alice also has experience in advising on claims for discrimination in the provision of services on the multi-track in the County Court.


    The Data Protection Act 1998

    Alice advises employers on data protection issues in the workplace and acts in disputes relating to the Data Protection Act 1998. This includes advising employers and recruiters on their data policies and litigating data subject access request disputes.

    Recently Alice successfully represented an employer in resisting an application brought in the County Court by an employee for disclosure of information under the Data Protection Act. The case raised issues of confidentiality and human rights, in particular in relation to the right to practise one’s profession and Article 6 ECHR. Alice has also successfully defended a data protection claim brought by a job applicant against his potential employer for the disclosure of references.


    Other experience

    Alice gives seminars and lectures in employment. She was recently asked to co-contribute to and present a paper at a Labour Law seminar at Oxford University. The paper was incorporated into The Autonomy of Labour Law (Hart, 2015), a collection of essays on labour law by leading academics.

    Alice’s LLM specialised in Labour Law. She wrote her dissertation on the justification of direct age discrimination and her extended essay focused on claims for breach of contract, the manner of dismissal and the Johnson exclusion zone.

    Alice writes articles and is a contributing author to books on Employment Law.

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    Alice has a busy commercial practice. She is instructed to act in and advise on general commercial disputes, professional negligence and insurance.

    General Commercial

    Alice is an experienced litigator. She is often instructed to appear in applications and she has particular experience of making and resisting applications for relief from sanctions under CPR 3.9. Alice's recent cases include disputes arising from the steel, manufacturing and financial services industries.

    Alice provides advice on non-contentious matters. She was recently instructed by a national company to review its standard terms and conditions for compliance with the relevant consumer protection legislation, in that case the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013. Alice also has experience of advising on data protection issues. Recently she was instructed to advise a multinational company on its recruitment procedures in circumstances where personal data was processed outside the European Economic Area.

    Professional Negligence

    Alice accepts instructions in a wide range of areas in which professional negligence can arise. Recent work includes:

    • Drafting a defence in a claim against an IFA in respect of SIPP investments in offshore bonds.
    • Drafting a letter of response on behalf of trustees in response to allegations of breach of trust relating to the disposal of trust property
    • Advising on a claim against a valuer in respect of a RICS HomeBuyer Report
    • Drafting a defence on behalf of an architect to a claim brought by an individual who had assigned his rights to claim professional negligence to another party. The claim was withdrawn in face of an application to strike out
    • Drafting a defence to allegations of professional negligence, as junior counsel, on behalf of an architect. There were also allegations of negligence against the other defendant, a building company and there was significant dispute as to the quantification and apportionment of damages
    • Advising and drafting a defence to a claim brought against a university for alleged negligent teaching of a post-graduate qualification

    Please see Alice's Professional Negligence section for more details.

    Insurance and Reinsurance

    Alice accepts instructions in insurance and reinsurance work. She has experience of advising on both insurance and reinsurance matters.

    Recently Alice has worked for several days in-house with insurer clients in order to to gain first hand experience of the insurance market.

    Alice acts for Claimants and Defendants. Her recent work includes advising on coverage, notification and construction issues, particularly in respect of professional indemnity insurance. She has also recently advised on the recovery of defence costs and drafted particulars of claim under the Third Party (Rights Against Insurers) Act 1930. Alice has also been instructed with senior members of Chambers to advise on a jurisdiction point in respect of a policy of reinsurance.

    Alice and Alison Padfield contributed an article to the British Insurance Law Association Journal (125th edition) entitled "Consumer Insurance: the risks of contracting on unfair terms". Alice has subsequently given a seminar on consumer insurance.

    As a pupil Alice worked on a number of commercial cases with Andrew Burns QC including:

    • The Court of Appeal hearing of the Employers' Liability Policy Trigger Litigation [2010] EWCA Civ 1096
    • Aviva Insurance v Brown [2011] EWHC 362 (QB). Alice worked on the preparations for the High Court trial of this property insurance dispute
    • Horwood v Argos & Ors [2010] Lloyd's Rep IR 453. Alice worked on interim applications arising out of the insurance dispute in the "toxic sofas" litigation.
  • Insurance & Reinsurance

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    Alice accepts instructions in insurance and reinsurance work. She has experience of advising on both insurance and reinsurance matters.

    In 2014, she completed a four month secondment at a solicitors' firm which specialises in acting for insureds in professional negligence claims, including policy coverage issues. Alice has a good understanding of the commercial needs of insurer clients. She is a good choice for professional negligence disputes which involve both liability and policy coverage.

    In 2014, she worked for several days in-house with insurer clients in order to to gain first hand experience of the insurance market.

    Alice acts for claimants and defendants. Her recent work includes advising on coverage, notification and construction issues, particularly in respect of professional indemnity insurance. She has particular experience of advising on solicitors professional indemnity insurance. 

    Alice has also recently advised on the recovery of defence costs and drafted particulars of claim under the Third Party (Rights Against Insurers) Act 1930. She has also been instructed with senior members of Chambers to advise on a jurisdiction point in respect of a policy of reinsurance.

    Alice assisted Colin Wynter QC with updating the reinsurance chapter of MacGillivray on Insurance Law (Centenary edition).

    Alice and Alison Padfield contributed an article to the British Insurance Law Association Journal (125th edition) entitled "Consumer Insurance: the risks of contracting on unfair terms". Alice has subsequently given a seminar on consumer insurance.

    Alice worked on the following cases as pupil to Andrew Burns QC:

    • The Court of Appeal hearing of the Employers' Liability Policy Trigger Litigation [2010] EWCA Civ 1096
    • Aviva Insurance v Brown [2011] EWHC 362 (QB). Alice worked on the preparations for the High Court trial of this property insurance dispute
    • Horwood v Argos & Ors [2010] Lloyd's Rep IR 453. Alice worked on interim applications arising out of the insurance dispute in the "toxic sofas" litigation
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    Alice has particular experience of clamis against solicitors, valuers, financial advisers and trustees. Alice is experienced at acting for both Claimants and Defendants. She can provide advice, letters of claim and response and pleadings and also advises on issues of policy coverage.

    In 2014 Alice did a four month secondment at a solicitors' firm undertaking defendant professional negligence work. She now has a great deal of experience of working with insurers and defendants to defend claims.

    Examples of Alice's work include:

    • Drafting a defence in a claim against an IFA in respect of SIPP investments in offshore bonds.
    • Advising and drafting pleadings in a claim against a solicitor for alleged neglignent execution of a lease and failure to advise on a claim against the landlord.
    • Drafting a letter of response on behalf of trustees in response to allegations of breach of trust relating to the disposal of trust property.
    • Advising on a claim against a solicitor for alleged failure to advise on the tax implications of a SPA.
    • Advising on a claims against a valuers in respect of RICS HomeBuyer Reports.
    • Drafting a letter of response on behalf of a solicitor in response to allegations of negligence and breach of contract in relation to a personal injury case conducted under a CFA.
    • Drafting a defence on behalf of an architect to a claim brought by an individual who had assigned his rights to claim professional negligence to another party. The claim was withdrawn in face of an application to strike out.
    • Drafting a defence to allegations of professional negligence, as junior counsel, on behalf of an architect. There were also allegations of negligence against the other defendant, a building company and there was significant dispute as to the quantification and apportionment of damages.
    • Advising and drafting a defence to a claim brought against a university for alleged negligent teaching of a post-graduate qualification.

    Alice also has experience of representing Claimants and Defendants in medical negligence claims.

  • Tax

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    In 2016 Alice was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel). She accepts instructions from both HMRC and taxpayers. As pupil to Akash Nawbatt she assisted on a number of contentious tax cases on behalf of HMRC.

    Alice successfully represented HMRC in the Upper Tribunal in ETB v HMRC [2016] UKUT 424. This related to the default surcharge pursuant to section 59 VATA 1994, in particular whether the taxpayer had a reasonable excuse for the non payment of VAT.

    She is currently instructed by the National Crime Agency in a case concerning appeals against a penalty determinations pursuant to section 100B TMA 1970.

    Alice’s experience of contentious tax matters includes residence and penalty determinations.

    She is also instructed to advise on issues of employment status and professional negligence relating to taxation. 

Appointments

Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel) 2016

Memberships and Associations

London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association (Committee member)

Employment Law Bar Association

CII (Chartered Insurance Institute)

COMBAR (Executive Committee member)

BILA

Professional Negligence Bar Association

Employment Lawyers' Association

Industrial Law Society

Free Representation Unit

Bar Pro Bono Unit

Awards and Scholarships

Albion Richardson Award (Gray’s Inn)

Education

LLM (2008-09) London School of Economics

BVC (2007-08) BPP

BA Law (2003-6) St John’s College, University of Oxford

The Maynard School, Exeter, Devon

St Joseph's School, Launceston, Cornwall