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Katherine Anderson

Year of Call: 2005
Email Address: katherine.anderson@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 0117 928 1520

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Employment and discrimination

Katherine is an experienced employment law specialist who has acted for and advised claimant and respondent employers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

She offers particular expertise in relation to disability and other discrimination cases with a personal injury mental health aspect.

By way of example, recent cases include:

  • A claim of alleged disability discrimination, relating to depression and  stress at work, providing detailed advice in relation to case preparation
  • Representation of a claimant manager in a high value claim for unfair dismissal and victimisation
  • Representation of a respondent manager defending a race discrimination claim brought by the deceased’s executors with a high value personal injury aspect
  • Representation of a respondent School Governing Body in relation to an unfair dismissal claim brought by an employee accused of lying about her qualifications
  • Representation of a respondent nursery provider in relation to an unfair dismissal claim brought by an employee accused of sexual abuse of a child
  • An alleged constructive “whistle-blowing” dismissal where the employee complained of a dangerous workplace

She has undertaken a number of successful judicial and private mediations as an Accredited Mediation Advocate.

In her employment practice she has a particular interest in the education sector and has acted in employment cases concerning staff at nurseries, schools and universities (see also Katherine’s Education Law profile).

  • Publications
    • 4th Aug 2020

      Argos Ltd v Kuldo outlines the importance, in any restructuring exercise, of proper consultation, thorough assessment of roles, and the appropriate handling of any employee grievances and appeals.

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    • 3rd Aug 2020

      Employment law barrister, Katherine Anderson analyses the case of Robinson v Department for Work and Pensions [2020] EWCA Civ 859 (7th July 2020).

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    • 3rd Jul 2020

      3PB's employment law barrister Katherine Anderson reviews the case of Fottles v Bourne Leisure.

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    • 1st May 2020

      Rakova v London North West Healthcare NHS Trust UKEAT/0043/19/LA

      Employees can often complain where they feel that their managers are not giving them the tools they need to do their jobs efficiently, effectively or productively. How does that situation relate to a disability discrimination claim for failure to make reasonable adjustments? This decision provides some guidance on the approach to be taken by the Tribunals in claims of disability discrimination by reason of a failure to make reasonable adjustments.

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    • 7th Apr 2020

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – how does it fit with the existing law on lay-offs and short-time working?

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    • 3rd Mar 2020

      Long term disability benefits: it all depends on the contract. Katherine Anderson on ICTS (UK) Limited v VISRAM [2020] EWCA Civ 202

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    • 7th Feb 2020

      Reasonable adjustments – Is it relevant that the employee didn’t mention them? Katherine Anderson analyses Shah v TIAA Ltd UKEAT/0180/19/BA, following her successful representation of the respondent employer in this appeal before the EAT.

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    • 8th Nov 2019

      Legal advice privilege: Katherine Anderson analyses Curless v Shell International Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1710

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    • 13th Apr 2017

      3PB Employment Barrister Katherine Anderson examines the implications of Peninsula v Baker on employer liability for acts of victimisation. Katherine Anderson examines if an employer can escape "scot-free" from liability for an act of victimisation if it is 'astute enough' to instruct an innocent third party – or employee - to carry it out.

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  • Recommendations

    ‘Highly intelligent, thorough in her work and is a tenacious barrister.’
    Legal 500 2021/Leading Individual – Education

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Academic qualifications

  • Cambridge University, United Kingdom
  • Harvard University, United States
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law at City University
  • Bar Vocational Course at BPP School of Law (Outstanding)


  • Inner Temple Exhibition

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Accredited Mediation Advocate

Professional bodies

  • Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)

Direct Access

Katherine Anderson is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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