Sarah George Employment

Call: 1991

Introduction

Sarah is a specialist employment practitioner with particular expertise in discrimination law. She was appointed as a fee-paid employment judge in 2011. A member of St Philips since its creation, she re-joined chambers in October 2010 following a career break living abroad in the Far East. During her break from practice she co-authored Discrimination in Employment by Tucker and George (first published in 2006 by Thomson Reuters (Legal) Limited) which she still co-edits. She co-edited the head notes for the Equality Law Reports (published October 2010 to December 2014 by Michael Rubenstein Publishing).

Employment (including discrimination) is now her sole specialty, principally appearing in the Employment Tribunal and advising on matters within that jurisdiction. She regularly handles multi-day cases which are complex both factually and legally. Her clients include public authorities such as NHS Trusts, universities and local authorities as well as individual and corporate employers. She represents both claimants and respondents.

Sarah speaks at employment law seminars on a regular basis both within chambers and provides training to lay and professional clients, at their offices if more convenient.

Testimonials:

Sarah acted for the claimant in a factually complex whistleblowing case, she drafted amended particulars of claim and Scott Schedule (with 57 separate allegations), made a successful application to amend and advised in conference. On settlement, shortly before final hearing the professional client’s comments were “.. an interesting and complicated case and we would not have managed to have arrived at the conclusion without your support. […] it was of great assistance that we were able to communicate with you directly and run things past you as is not always the case. We appreciate the extra support above and beyond normal requirements.

I have been extremely pleased by the way you have represented me both at the Hearing and at all times, and I thank you sincerely for all your efforts.” (A public access client whom Sarah represented in an multi-day age discrimination claim against a local authority).

What the Directories say:

  • “She has a conscientious eye for detail.” – Legal 500 2019
  • “She has an eye for detail and is able to absorb and deal with a large amount of documentation. She is always willing to go the extra mile.” – Chambers UK 2019
  • “A very accomplished advocate.” – Legal 500
  • Widely instructed in discrimination claims.” – Legal 500
  • The quiet confidence with which she proceeds impresses me.” “She is phenomenal and able to take on large cases.” – Chambers and Partners
  • Known for her strength in discrimination, and she shines in complex multi-day cases.” – Legal 500

Articles and Publications:

Sarah is co-author and editor of Discrimination in Employment by Tucker and George. She edited the head notes for the Equality Law Reports (October 2010 to December 2014 by Michael Rubenstein Publishing). She has written articles for the Employment Law Review.

Qualifications and Appointments:

  • Fee paid employment judge (2011)

Memberships:

  • ELBA ELA

Employment

Lewis v Birmingham City University and others (Case No: 1314111/2011) - Represented the first respondent in this race discrimination claim. Involved complex issues of construction of ss. 111 and 112 Equality Act 2010. The claimant trainee nurses course of study with the university had been terminated following the failure of a practical placement with the NHS Trust. She complained of race discrimination and harassment in relation to her treatment by the NHS Trust and that the university had instructed, caused or induced or alternatively aided that discriminatory treatment. The 25 articulated issues in the case involved 6 separate allegations of direct discrimination. All claims were dismissed.

Ingram v Coventry University (Case No: 1304755/2011) - Represented the respondent in this unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claim. Involved issues of date of knowledge of disability, direct disability discrimination, discrimination arising from disability, breach of the duty to make reasonable adjustments and unfair redundancy dismissal involving allegations covering more than 12 months. The 13 articulated issues in the case involved 20 separate allegations of direct discrimination and 19 separate allegations of failure to make reasonable adjustments. Case management complexities arising out of reasonable adjustments made to the tribunal process. All claims were dismissed.

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Discrimination

Sarah has a particular interest in and enthusiasm for discrimination law. She regularly handles multiday cases which are complex both factually and legally, for example, Lewis v Birmingham City University and others which involved issues of construction of ss. 111 and 112 Equality Act 2010. Also, Simmonds and Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust where the claimant complained of her treatment over 4 years and relied on 3  different alleged disabilities which were said to have impacted on her life in different ways. The respondents knowledge of disabilities was a key issue.  Her clients include public authorities such as NHS Trusts, universities and local authorities as well as individual and corporate employers. She represents both claimants and respondents.

She is co-author with Katherine Tucker of the loose leaf text Discrimination in Employment by Tucker and George, the authoritative practitioners text book on discrimination law (first published in 2006 by Thomson Reuters (Legal) Limited), which she still co-edits. She co-edited the headnotes for the Equality Law Reports (October 2010 to December 2014 by Michael Rubenstein Publishing).

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