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

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Jesse Crozier

Year of Call: 2009

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

Legal 500

Jesse Crozier

Year of Call: 2009

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

Legal 500

Jesse Crozier

Year of Call: 2009

Jesse Crozier

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

Legal 500

Jesse Crozier

Year of Call: 2009

Jesse has a busy practice spanning the breadth of employment and commercial law, with a particular focus on litigation. He is regularly instructed to appear in the High Court, County Courts and Employment Tribunals, as well as appearing in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal.

Jesse’s lay clients commend him for being “brilliantly professional and completely practical” and for doing a “wonderful job.” Solicitors praise his "superb" advocacy and for doing a "stellar job." His cross-examination has been complimented by judges as “a model of its kind,” by instructing solicitors as “brilliant,” and by opponents as “extremely robust.” He prides himself on a wholehearted focus on getting the best possible outcome for his clients.  

  • Employment

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    Jesse has a broad employment and equality practice, acting for both claimants and respondents/defendants. The majority of Jesse's practice is litigation based, but he also undertakes non-contentious advisory work. He is regularly instructed in the Employment Tribunals and County Courts, as well as appearing in the High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal.

    His client base includes multinational and FTSE 100 companies, police forces and NHS trusts, SMEs, charities and trade unions, and senior executives. He is a member of ELA and ELAAS and undertakes pro bono work via the FRU / BPBU where appropriate. Jesse edited The Lawyer's Remembrancer section on Employment Law (2013 & 2014). 

    Recent work includes:

    • P v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2016] EWCA Civ 2; [2016] IRLR 301 - represented the successful Respondent at first instance and on appeal in establishing the immunity of the Police Misconduct Panel (sole counsel at first instance and before EAT ([2014] All ER (D) 272); led by Tom Linden QC in Court of Appeal). To be heard by the Supreme Court in 2017;
    • Harris v Windstar Management Services Limited [2016] 2 Lloyd's Rep 109 - represented the successful claimant at first instance and on appeal in establishing territorial jurisdiction of employment tribunal over peripatetic merchant seaman;
    • X & Y v Retailer - instructed (with Andrew Burns QC) for Respondent retailer in sensitive whistleblowing case, involving interim relief application and dispute over Claimant's reliance on privileged and confidential material (ongoing);
    • instructed in High Court dispute over consultancy agreement and remuneration issues;
    • Sitz v Oppenheimer Europe [2013] EqLR 1209 - represented the successful Claimant (with Andrew Burns QC) in high-profile sex discrimination, victimisation and unfair dismissal claim against an international brokerage house. Significant media interest, including The Times, The Times Magazine, Telegraph, Evening Standard, Daily Mail);
    • representing senior executives in a series of successful constructive dismissal cases, including Chapman v TFPL and Merritt v Tenon Engineering;
    • USDAW & Ors v Barratts - represented the successful individual and union claimants in obtaining maximum protective award and in establishing TUPE transfer and automatically unfair dismissal in relation to Barratts entering administration in 2011 and again in 2013; obtained protective awards in favour of over 100 employees;
    • represented successful Respondent police force in four week trial involving allegations of whistleblowing and race/disability discrimination;
    • City Link strike - represented CityLink (led by Timothy Brennan QC and Andrew Burns QC) in claim for injunctive relief to prevent a strike. Strike called off at the last minute. Also advised CityLink on its response to wider industrial dispute;
    • Royal Mail Group v Lall UKEAT/0228/12; [2013] All ER (D) 272 - appeal concerning substitution in unfair dismissal claim and the proper approach to costs under the EAT’s costs regime; represented the successful Claimant  in resisting an appeal (with the claimant's costs awarded in full);
    • acting for Claimant in a QBD action to recover sums due under PHI policy (with Nicholas Randall QC);
    • assisting Robert Glancy QC in Nayif v High Commission of Brunei Darussalam [2014] EWCA 1521 (issue estoppel where tribunal declines jurisdiction; stress at work case); 
    • Y v Marketing Co - represented the successful Claimant is establishing a TUPE service provision change, unfair dismissal, and obtaining a maximum protective award;
    • Various Claimants v Telecommunications plc - represented the successful Respondent in lengthy employment tribunal hearing where multiple claimants made serious allegations of race and religious harassment and discrimination;
    • various appeals against EAT Registrar's decisions, including O'Cathail v TfL (UKEATPA/0587/11) and Storey v M&S (UKEATPA/0193)
    • acted for Claimant company in claim for breach of post-employment covenants (settled by undertakings and agreed damages);
    • advising FTSE 100 company on post-TUPE remuneration issues and related litigation arising from in-sourcing transfer.
     Areas of expertise include:
    • unfair and wrongful dismissal claims (including constructive dismissal);
    • discrimination litigation (disability, age, race, sex, pregnancy, religion and belief);
    • whistleblowing and protected disclosures;
    • TUPE;
    • employment status;
    • redundancy litigation (collective and individual);
    • restrictive covenants and injunctions;
    • employment-related insurance claims;
    • settlement agreements and related tax issues;
    • collective agreements;
    • industrial action.
  • Commercial Litigation

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    Jesse is regularly instructed in an advisory capacity and as an advocate in commercial matters. Much of his commercial work involves professional negligence and/or insurance issues (detailed separately, below). His more general commercial work includes:

    • instructed in £multi-million management and loan dispute arising out of overseas property deal;
    • instructed in c.£500k dispute over consultancy agreement and bonus/profit-share issues;
    • advising property developer on £multi-million company and shareholder dispute;
    • advising commercial client on protecting its reputation (including injuctive relief);
    • acted in High Court proceedings for recovery of sums due under various guarantor agreements (settled following mediation);
    • advising on constructive trust / resulting trust issues arising from property dispute;
    • acted for Claimant in complex misprepresentation claim arising from the sale of a business (settled following mediation);
    • successfully resisting a claim against a guarantor raising abuse of process issues;
    • advising on termination of software distribution agreement;
    • advising on exclusion of liability and UCTA in relation to a breach of contract claim;
    •  acting for successful Interpleader Claimant in the High Court;
    • regular appearances in the Companies Court.
  • Insurance & Reinsurance

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    Jesse acts in a range of insurance-related matters, both in an advisory capacity and as an advocate. Recent and ongoing work includes:

    • advising in various actions against insurance companies and employers for permanent health insurance and ill-health retirement (including with Nicholas Randall QC );
    • advising local authority on subrogation/salvage/title issues around recovery of valuable antique;
    • instructed for various insurance companies in coverage disputes;
    • advising on impact of health insurance policies on personal injury claims;
    • acting for defendant insurers in cases giving rise to fraud allegations.

    Jesse regularly speaks and writes on insurance related topics. He edited Atkin's Court Forms Insurance title (with Alison Padfield and Sam Nicholls). He has also recently delivered seminars on aggregation and Permanent Health Insurance, and published an article on the AstraZeneca decision in the Court of Appeal (BILA journal).

    Jesse also gained a broad experience of insurance litigation as Andrew Burns’ pupil, including subrogation and indemnity claims, claims under the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 1930 and Riot (Damages) Act 1886, and the EL Trigger litigation before the Supreme Court [2012] 1 WLR 867, led by Colin Wynter QC.  As the pupil of Rob Hunter, Jesse assisted in advising insurance companies on their exposure under employers’ and public liability insurance policies.

  • Professional Negligence

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    Jesse is instructed in professional negligence claims involving a wide range of professionals, including:

    • instructed in various claims both for and against covenyancing and litigation solicitors, including around negligent advice and conduct of litigation, and negligent execution of transactions/deeds;
    • instructed for Defendant actuary in claim arising from expert evidence (with Richard Harrison);
    • instructed for Defendant insurance broker in claim arising from failure to obtain cover;
    • instructed by an Independent Financial Advisor in a professional negligence and contractual indemnity dispute;
    • instructed for engineering firm in resisting engineers' negligence set off claim;
    • instructed for the claimant in an engineers’ negligence and breach of contract claim;
    • assisting Andrew Burns (both as his junior and as his pupil) in professional negligence actions involving solicitors’, barristers' and insurance brokers’ negligence, including Begum v Neejam & Malik);
    • assisting Robert Hunter (as his pupil) in a professional negligence claim arising out of the under-settlement of a personal injury claim;
    • clinical negligence claims (see below).

Memberships and Associations

ELA, PNBA, COMBAR, PIBA, BILA, FRU, ARDL

Academic

Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent), BPP Law School

Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation), City University

BA, Philosophy, Politics and Economics (First Class Hons.), Balliol College, Oxford University

Awards and Scholarships

Inner Temple Sir John Ashworth and Duke of Edinburgh Scholarships (2008)

Inner Temple Exhibitioner (2007 & 2008)

Winner, City University Mooting Competition (2008)

GDH Cole Prize, Balliol College, Oxford (2005)