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Worker’s Rights

Speaker: Alex Adamou
Chambers: 33 Bedford Row

Alex joined Chambers following completion of his first six at a Commercial Chambers in London. Whilst there Alex assisted other members in advising clients on various aspects of Commercial and Civil Law. In addition to his civil work Alex appears in various Magistrate’s Courts. Alex increasingly appears in the Crown Court and has experience in dealing with all aspects of criminal law including the Youth Court.

Here Alex covers worker’s rights, what they cover and where they fall short. He refers to the term “atypical work” to talk about workers who do not fit within the traditional employment paradigm. He explains how “atypical work” is not covered by protective employment legislation in the same way. However, within the context of the pandemic and societal changes, regulation has adapted.

Key words/topics

Agency Workers
Annualised hours and term time workers
Casual workers
Employee shareholders
Fixed term workers
Flexible workers
Hybrid workers
Part time workers/ secondees and volunteers etc…
Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2019
Workers Statutory Rights
Rights in the Contractual relationship Statutory Sick Pay
Guarantee Payments
Payments on Insolvency
Protection on the Transfer of Undertaking
Vicarious Liability of employer
Not to be refused employment because of membership or non-membership in a trade union
Right of shop and betting workers not to work on a Sunday.
Statutory maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Parental Pay
Parental Leave
Ordinary and Additional Maternity leave
Request for flexible working
Time off
Statutory Minimum Notice
Written statement of reasons for dismissal
Bring a claim for unfair dismissal
Statutory redundancy payment
Collective redundancy consultation

More about Alexander Adamou

Alex completed his Second Six within Chambers and was subsequently offered tenancy.

Alex has since developed a thriving Civil, Commercial, Employment and Regulatory Practice and regularly represents clients in various aspects of civil and commercial litigation including complex, multi-day cases. Alex’s practice covers Commercial and Chancery Law as well as Personal and Corporate Insolvency.

He has also appeared before the Court of Protection (DoLs) on numerous occasions. Alex has assisted at all stages in proceedings including applications under the Mental Health Act for detention and treatment. Alongside his Mental Health practice, he has a keen interest in discrimination, whistleblowing, unfair and wrongful dismissal, and equal pay claims in Employment Law.

As a junior member of the team, he acts for both claimants and respondents in RTA’s, Credit Hire and Housing Possession in the County Court.

Finally, Alex also represents individuals in various aspects of Family Law. This includes Non-Molestation Orders, Occupation Orders, and Child Arrangement Orders.

Alex has undertaken secondments and is regularly instructed by the Government Legal Department as a “Junior Junior Barrister”.