Marianne’s areas of practice are Employment, Commercial Litigation, Professional Negligence, Insurance & Reinsurance, Personal Injury and Tax. She regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal and county courts.
Marianne has a strong academic record, having taken First Class Honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Durham and received a Distinction in an LLM at King’s College London, specialising in Labour Law and Corporate Tax. Before coming to the Bar, Marianne worked for an MP in the House of Commons and for Hanover Communications, a PR firm with expertise in public affairs consultancy.
Marianne is developing a strong and diverse practice in Employment and Discrimination Law. She has considerable experience representing clients in Employment Tribunals, including multiple-day hearings, in unfair dismissal, discrimination, harassment, victimisation, whistleblowing, redundancy, holiday pay, equal pay, and TUPE claims.
She also has extensive experience of advisory work and drafting witness statements, ET1/ET3s and Notices of Appeal. She represents both Claimants and Respondents and has worked for a variety of large organisations, including multinational and FTSE 100 companies, local authorities, police forces and other public bodies.
Marianne is forging a particular specialism in complex whistleblowing cases and offers training on this topic. She is presently instructed as a junior to Andrew Burns QC in a sensitive whistleblowing case, involving interim relief proceedings and a dispute about the reliance on highly privileged and confidential material.
As a pupil, she assisted Alice Mayhew with Nurmohamed v Chesterton, the first case to consider the definition of ‘public interest’ under the new whistleblowing legislation in the EAT, shortly due to be heard by the Court of Appeal, and Salisbury NHS Trust v Wyeth, in which the EAT considered causation and the manner of disclosure in whistleblowing cases.
Marianne is a regular contributor to the Practical Law Employment Blog and recently wrote an article in the Industrial Law Journal on the impact of the Supreme Court decision in Cox v Ministry of Justice  UKSC 10 upon employment status (ILJ (2016) 45 (4): 556-564).
Marianne is regularly instructed in an advisory capacity and as an advocate in commercial disputes. Much of her commercial practice involves professional negligence and insurance work (see below). She regularly appears in the county court in commercial matters, including business, property and consumer disputes.
Marianne has been led on a variety of commercial cases and assisted members of chambers with international arbitrations and mediations. She also has experience of commercial injunctions. Notably, she assisted Shaen Catherwood in obtaining a without notice injunction (from Birss J) and a costs order on the indemnity basis (from Mann J) in the Chancery Division against an ex-director of a large company in Friendly Pensions Ltd v Austin.
Marianne has worked on a range of professional negligence disputes and has particular experience of claims against solicitors, barristers, conveyancers and valuers. She provides pleadings, advices, letters of claim and response, and advises on policy coverage issues.
Marianne is an adept litigator and has been instructed to appear in applications. She has recent experience of striking out a multimillion pound claim brought against a firm of solicitors under CPR 3.4. She is presently instructed as a junior to Richard Harrison in a high value accountant’s negligence claim which raises complex points about accessory liability and unlawful means conspiracy.
As a pupil, Marianne assisted:
Marianne accepts instructions in insurance and reinsurance work. She has experience of both advisory and contentious work. She is presently instructed to review commercial combined business insurance policies for multinational and FTSE 100 companies.
As a pupil to Richard Harrison, Marianne gained experience in cases involving:
In particular, she assisted him in respect of the construction of a professional indemnity policy in an ongoing dispute worth over £2 billion.
Marianne acts for Claimants and Defendants both in county courts and in an advisory capacity. She is regularly instructed on a number of small claims, infant approvals, fast track trials, application hearings and CCMCs. She is adept at drafting pleadings, advices on liability and quantum, and questions to experts. She also has experience of appearing before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal.
She has experience across a broad spectrum of personal injury matters, including:
Marianne has been involved in a number of high profile personal injury cases. In particular, she is instructed by the Government Legal Department in the Kenya Emergency Group Litigation, which is brought by over 40,000 former “Mau Mau” and related claimants in respect of their experiences in Kenya in the 1950s. She is working closely with a team of counsel in preparing witness evidence. She also assisted Rob Weir QC in Cox v Ministry of Justice, a case on the scope of vicarious liability which was recently heard in the Supreme Court.
Marianne has been involved in the work of members of chambers in relation to tax law, including litigation in the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals. This has included:
She has had exposure to tax planning in respect of inheritance tax, capital gains tax and income tax. Marianne is keen to accept instructions in this area of work.
ELA, ELBA, COMBAR, BILA, PIBA
University of Durham, BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics (First Class)
College of Law, GDL and BPTC
King’s College London, LLM (Distinction)
Inner Temple Exhibition Award 2013
Winner of Birmingham Law Society Debating Competition 2012
Marianne enjoys live music and playing the saxophone. She is a keen sailor and is on her way to getting a Private Pilot’s Licence.