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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, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

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. His workload covers the full range of employment rights, whistleblowing and discrimination, restrictive covenants and confidentiality issues, collective rights and industrial action, contractual claims, and TUPE. Jesse’s employment work often overlaps with his commercial practice, and he is often instructed in claims arising from agency/consultancy contracts and employment-related aspects of professional liability and insurance law. The majority of Jesse's practice is litigation based, but he also undertakes non-contentious advisory work and investigations/internal appeals. He is regularly instructed in the Employment Tribunals and County Courts, as well as appearing in the High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

    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.

    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 May 2017;
    • Harris v Windstar Management Services Limited [2016] ICR 847 - 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 Claimants' reliance on privileged and confidential material (ongoing); also instructed in related proceedings for injunctive relief in relation to retention and use of confidential information (settled by undertakings);
    • S v HP & HB - instructed in High Court dispute over consultancy agreement and remuneration/bonus/profit share issues;
    • B v NS – instructed in claim concerning proper interpretation of reg.13A of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (additional leave)
    • Abaya v Leeds NHS Trust EAT/0258/16/BA – acted pro bono in successful appeal concerning the correct approach to making a costs award and the application of third-party means in assessing the paying party’s means
    • Galilee v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis UKEAT/0207/16/RN – acted for respondent in appeal concerning the date on which a claim added by amendment is deemed to have been brought (judgment pending)
    • Z v Finance House – advising claimant on settlement of career-long PHI entitlement and termination payment from employer (c.£1.5m);
    • Acting for claimants and defendants in relation to injunctive relief for breach of restrictive covenants, unlawful retention/use of confidential information and protection from harassment;
    • Advising commercial clients on a range of TUPE issues, including in relation to proceedings for failure to inform and consult, measures arising from insourcing transfer, and claims between transferee and transferor  in relation to failure to provide employee liability information; 
    • Acting for a number of respondents in determining employee/worker status and agency status under the Equality Act 2010;
    • Acting for claimants and respondents in discrimination and whistleblowing claims, including multi-week and multi-party trials;
    • 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);
    • 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;
    • 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);
    • B v Insurer – 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); 
    • advising FTSE 100 company on post-TUPE remuneration issues and related litigation arising from in-sourcing transfer.
  • 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;
    • acting for talent agent in claim against high-profile musician for breach of contract;
    • acted for  property developer and agent of BVI SPV in dispute concerning  over £1.3 in unpaid commission  and profit share;
    • instructed in c.£500k dispute over consultancy agreement and bonus/profit-share issues;
    • advising property developer on £multi-million company and shareholder dispute;
    • acted in High Court proceedings for recovery of sums due under various guarantor agreements (settled following mediation);
    • instructed in various claims in the Chancery Division arising from property held in trust, including actions seeking declarations of trust, directions to trustees and associated orders;
    • acted for Claimant in complex misrepresentation claim arising from the sale of a business (settled following mediation);
    • acted for defendant at trial in successfully resisting attempt to set aside Tomlin Order for fraud;
    • successfully resisted 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
  • 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 settling career-long loss claim against insurer and employer for in excess of £1.3m; and acting (with Nicholas Randall QC) in QBD action to enforce ombudsman award arising from PHI insurer declining cover;
    • 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 conveyancing 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;

Memberships and Associations

ELA, PNBA, COMBAR, PIBA, BILA, FRU

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)