Tom Gibson from Outer Temple Chambers wins in Court of Appeal pro bono case

Tom Gibson from Outer Temple Chambers has appeared for the successful appellant in the Court of Appeal in Duffy v George.

In allowing the appeal and remitting the case, the court set out useful guidance on how employment tribunals should set fair procedures for accommodating vulnerable witnesses.

In particular, the court said that in sexual harassment cases employment tribunals could consider (1) putting questions to a party itself rather than allowing a claimant to be cross-examined by a respondent in person, (2) hearing evidence from each party separately and in the absence of the other party and (3) allowing witnesses to give evidence from behind screens, as happens in the criminal courts.

Gibson appeared for the appellant via the Free Representation Unit, a charity that provides pro bono legal advice, case preparation and advocacy.