Simon Cowell calls in Matrix silk against Britain’s Got Talent claimant

Matrix Chambers has been instructed by both co-respondents in a £2.5m employment tribunal claim brought by a Britain’s Got Talent contestant against Simon Cowell and the show’s production company, FremantleMedia.

Matrix Chambers has been instructed by both co-respondents in a £2.5m employment tribunal claim brought by a Britain’s Got Talent contestant against Simon Cowell and the show’s production company, FremantleMedia.

Thomas Linden QC is representing Cowell, co-presenter Amanda Holden and his entertainment company Syco in the disability discrimination claim brought by would-be pop star Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai. Linden was instructed by DLA Piper employment partner Alan Chalmers.

Christopher Brown of Matrix is representing Fremantle after being directly instructed by the company.

Czikai is representing herself. She is claiming £300,000 for injury to her feelings, a further £1.25m for loss of earnings and additional compensation totalling £1m.

At a pre-tribunal review, Czikai claimed that any money awarded would be donated to charity.

The claimant brought the proceedings following her appearance on the show last May. She complained to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom, but the complaint was rejected in January.

She claims the programme did not make arrangements for the fact that she suffered from fibromyalgia, resulting in a poor performance and subsequent “humiliation” by the judges.

The pre-tribunal review concluded yesterday, with the judge due to decide whether the case can be brought before a full tribunal in the future.