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Damian Brown KC

The 'much in demand’ Damian Brown, ranked as a Leading Silk in Sports and Employment Law, comes highly recommended for his specialist injunction work on strikes and industrial action, as well as his commercial experience particularly in the sphere of business protection (team moves confidential information and database rights).

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Damian Brown KC

As the owner of two businesses (including one internet startup) he particularly appreciates the issues facing clients on a personal as well as a commercial level. His sports work includes appearance as an advocate and adviser for leading sportsmen and women and he has been a mediator and arbitrator.

High profile private sector clients have included banks, defence contractors and private equity funds and he has obtained interim relief (including without notice search orders) as well as expedited trials.

As well as experience of the particular issues in the private sector Damian has also been involved in significant NHS injunctive work in disputes between Trusts and senior employees, often medical staff, including the ground breaking case of Kulkarni v. Milton Keynes NHS Trust [2009] IRLR 289 and Lu v. Nottinghamshire NHS Trust.

His regulatory experience also crosses over into sports work where he fully appreciates the regulatory environment and the variety of interests at stake.

His collective employment law work has covered TUPE and redundancy consultation issues, contractual variations, recognition and industrial action (with particular emphasis on the airline and maritime industries and cross-border strikes within the EU).

Damian is also in the "All-Time Top 40 Advocates" with reported cases in the Industrial Relations Law Reports Equal Opportunities Review of reported cases (which includes Judges as former advocates) with over 40 reported cases in the Industrial Relations Law Reports alone and others in ICRs and specialist reports.

Damian's Experience

Called in 1989

Year of Silk 2012

Public Access Accredited

Chair of ELBA 2011-2013

Barristers in England and Wales are regulated by the Bar Standards Board

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Commercial Law

In business protection cases Damian has dealt with all aspects of interim relief including computer imaging orders, breach of confidence, intellectual property, database rights and freezing injunctions. He has also appeared in several expedited trials. He gives good practical and legal advice on securing business after high level departures as well as legal.

  • In 2012 he was involved in a significant multi-party dispute involving allegations of conspiracy, and misuse of confidential information with defendants in several jurisdictions.

  • Appeared in Dubai in Roberto’s LLC v. Roberto Rella CFI-019-2013 in a commercial dispute involving unfair prejudice, penalty clauses, relief from forfeiture, intellectual property rights and local statutory employment rights. Significant case to rule on applicability of English law on penalties and forfeiture and local employment law.

  • Also appeared in the Court of Appeal in Dubai in the same matter.

  • Appeared in the Court of First Instance in Dubai on an injunction application.

  • He is a contributor to Tottel’s Termination of Employment on `Termination and Protection of Business’.

Employment Law

Damian practices and advises on all aspects of employment law for employees and employers in High Court claims, as well as Employment Tribunals and the appellate courts, including the Supreme Court and ECJ.

With over 40 reported cases in the IRLR’s alone, he has considerable experience in unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, TUPE and discrimination. Reported cases include:

  • St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council v Derbyshire [2004] IRLR 851, [2005] IRLR 801. [2007] IRLR 540 House of Lords case on equal pay victimisation for GMB.

  • Bowden v. Tufnell’s Parcels Express [2001] IRLR 838 ECJ case on working time sectoral exclusion.

  • Glendale Managed Services v Graham [2003] IRLR 465 Court of Appeal case on TUPE and collective agreements.

  • Fairhurst Ward Abbotts Ltd v Botes Building Ltd [2004 EWCA Civ 83, [2004] IRLR 304 leading TUPE case on ‘entity’.

  • Briggs V. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust [2010] IRLR 504 Court of Appeal case on attempt by male employees to use regrading system to maintain pay differentials with women. 

Disciplinary & Regulatory

From sitting on internal disciplinary and grievance panels for public authorities and emergency services to representing surgeons and trusts Damian has significant experience and pragmatism in this area which has increased in recent years in issues arising from internal proceedings including injunctive relief and is extremely experienced in Maintaining High Professional Standards in the NHS (MHPS). He is fully conversant in both private and public regulatory environments and in particular the Human Rights Act interplay.

  • Examples: conducting an investigation into electoral fraud within a union, investigating claims of race and sex discrimination within the public and private sector.

  • Appeared in the leading Court of Appeal case Kulkarni v. Milton Keynes NHS Trust [2009] IRLR 829 on Article 6 rights and internal disciplinary tribunals. Obtained an injunction restraining the dismissal of a Consultant in Jesudason v. Alder Hey NHS Foundation Trust

  • Lu v. Nottinghamshire University NHS Trust acted for Trust in high profile case involving Consultant who had transmitted bacteria to patients, several of whom died, and his attempts to return to work. 

  • He has acted as Legal Adviser to the British Psychological Society and General Optical Council disciplinary panels  sat as a member of the BSB Professional Conduct Committee.

Management & Business Development

Been a Pupil Supervisor for many years. Equal Opportunities Officer, Head of IT and Business Development.

Business Development:  
Performed training at many law firms and for most of the professional providers. Blogged and podcasts on sports and employment.

Memberships & Advisory
  • Legal Adviser to General Optical Council and British Psychological Society disciplinary panels

  • Legal Chair Premier League and British Equestrian Federation.

  • Chair of ELBA 2011-2013

  • Bar Standards Board member of the Professional Complaints Committee and Quality Assurance Committee 2006-2010

  • Member of the Industrial Law Society, Employment Lawyers Association, British Association of Sport and Law and the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

  • Security Cleared to SC level

  • Appearance rights before Dubai International Finance Centre Courts

  • Blackstone’s Employment Practice and Procedure (2010)

  • Tolleys Employment Law on strikes, trade unions and unfair dismissal

  • Tottel’s Termination of Employment on `Termination and Protection of Business’

  • Employment Precedents and Company Policy Documents, Sweet & Maxwell on Injunctions and Restraint of Trade

  • Munkman on Employers’ Liability (2014) on `TUPE’

Privacy Policy

1. This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).
2. The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.
3.  I, Damian Brown KC, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend (usually a parent), through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
4.  It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:

  • Advise on the prospects of litigation;
  • Advise on the value of your claim;
  • Representation at a court hearing;
  • Representation at trial;
  • Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.

5. Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.

6.The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.

7. If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.

8. If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.

Recipients of your data

9.  I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:

(i)  Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;

(ii) Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;

(iii) Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;

(iv) Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;

(v) Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;

(vi) Education and examining bodies; and

(vii) Current, past or prospective employers.

Special Categories of Data

10.  In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.

11. This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.


12. I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.

13. How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.

14. Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:

(i) The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;

(ii) To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;

(iii) For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;

(iv) To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.

15. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

16. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation. 

Your Rights

17. Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

18. Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.

19. You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.

20. You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.

21. You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests. 

22. Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object. 

23. You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:

(i) The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;

(ii) You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;

(iii) Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;

(iv) The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or

(v) The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.

24. You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).

25. Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort. 


26. I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. 

Complaints or Queries

27. If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me: mailto:, or my clerks: telephone 01823 247 247.

28. I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.

29. You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to:

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