Former Radcliffe head settles dismissal claim

Radcliffe Chambers’ former chief executive Chris Owen has settled his claim for constructive dismissal after his acrimonious exit from the chancery set last year.

Owen’s case was due to be heard at the London Central Employment Tribunal last Monday (8 October), but Radcliffe put a settlement deal on the table 10 minutes before the six-day trial was due to be heard, a source told The Lawyer.

“There was a knock on Chris’s door at 9.50am, the two sides started talking and it was all over by lunch, with just a brief address to the tribunal to say that it had been settled,” explained the source.

According to the 11-page claim form, Owen brought the claim of constructive and wrongful dismissal as he had been adversely affected as a result of alleged bullying and harassment from people at Radcliffe.

In addition, Owen brought a public interest disclosure claim alleging that he had been victimised for whistleblowing on wrongdoing.

Radcliffe categorically denied that Owen was subjected to any form of persecution in a detailed 18-page response to the allegations.

Bevans Solicitors partner Guy Hollebon acted for Owen, instructing John Hand QC of Old Square Chambers. Paul Cadney of Queen Square Chambers was instructed by Radcliffe.

Radcliffe said it was pleased to reach an amicable resolution.