Marianne is developing a strong practice across all of Chambers' core areas. She specialises in Employment, Commercial Litigation, Professional Negligence, Insurance & Reinsurance, Tax and Personal Injury work.
She is adept at advocacy and regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal and county courts. She is also frequently involved in cases in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals, High Court and EAT.
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 preliminary and 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, Particulars of Claim, Grounds of Resistance and Notices of Appeal. She represents both Claimants and Respondents and works for a variety of large organisations, including multinational and FTSE 100 companies, airlines, retailers, local authorities, police forces and other public bodies.
Recent work includes:
Marianne is forging a particular specialism in complex whistleblowing case and has written extensively about the scope of protection. She offers seminars and training on the topic and is presently on the ELA Working Party addressing the European Commission's consultation on EU whistleblowing protection.
She has a keen interest in employment status and the gig economy, having written her LLM dissertation on the topic. She is a regular contributor to the Practical Law Employment Blog and Industrial Law Journal, as well as being an Executive Committee member of the ILS.
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 experience of striking out a multimillion pound claim brought against a firm of solicitors under CPR 3.4. She was recently 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 and brokers' agreements.
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 accept instructions from both HMRC and taxpayers. She is presently instructed by HMRC as a junior to Akash Nawbatt QC and Chris Stone in a high value individual residence case (Hargreaves v HMRC).
She has been involved in the work of members of chambers, including litigation in the First-Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal. This has included:
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 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.
She also has experience of the cross-over with employment law and is presently instructed by the Ministry of Defence in a High Court claim, involving sensitive allegations of bullying and discrimination against the Armed Forces.
ELA, ELBA, ILS (Executive Committee member), COMBAR (Junior Committee member), 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)
Vicarious Liability: An Ever Expanding Concept? (ILJ (2016) 45 (4): 556-564
Inner Temple Exhibition Award 2013
Winner of BLS Debating Competition 2012