Nicholas Flanagan

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Practice areas
  • Employment


  • Northern Circuit
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Employment Practice

Employment Practice

Nicholas has developed a wide and varied employment practice, earning a reputation for thorough preparation and excellent knowledge of the law. He was appointed to the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Counsel in 2012 and is frequently instructed on behalf of Government Departments. He uses his sharp intelligence to ensure that client’s case is presented in the most persuasive manner, covering the whole spectrum of employment issues, including:

  • Complex discrimination, TUPE, public interest disclosure cases, ranging from days to weeks long
  • Restrictive covenants, confidentiality, breaches of fiduciary duties
  • Settlement agreements, non-contentions variations in contracts and collective bargaining.
  • Restructuring, internal processes reorganisation.
  • Appeared in the EAT and High Court on employment matters

Nicholas has a keen understanding of the commercial interaction with employment cases, including the impacts on insolvency proceedings and adopts a practice, team-focused approach. He is regularly instructed by government departments, local authorities, large and small private sector employers, as well as individual employees. 

Notable Cases

C v W (2017) Acted for the Respondent in a complex disability discrimination and unfair dismissal claim, relating to disability-related absences. The Respondent succeeded in all but one claim, which was then significantly limited in the assessment of remedy.

H v S (2018) Represented the Respondent (a large public organisation) in a sexual orientation and unfair dismissal claim. The Respondent succeeded in defending all the claims following correct identification of the issues in the case.

G v A (2017) Acted for the Claimant in a sexual discrimination, harassment and unfair dismissal claim. All the Claimant’s causes of action succeeded, with the Claimant receiving a top-tier Vento award.

A v H (2018) Acted in a discrete jurisdiction of the ET, where the proper assessment of what constitutes an apprentice was fundamental in successfully defending the matter.

B v I (2016) Successfully represented the Respondent in a racial and religious discrimination claim, resulting in a cost award being made against the Claimant.


Employment Law Association

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