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Head Of The Employment Department

Elliot is head of the Employment Department at Branch Austin LLP and started his practice at Branch Austin LLP in February 2021. Elliot graduated with a degree in law from Manchester University in 2003 following which he graduated from the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in 2005. He qualified as a New York attorney-at-law in 2008. He qualified as a solicitor in 2014 whilst at another boutique law firm in Mayfair. His legal experience stretches back to 2004. 

Elliot is a seasoned litigator in the employment field, able to represent high profile clients in the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) and Court of Appeal. Elliot’s legal practice consists of all manner of Equality Act claims (discrimination, victimisation, harassment etc) and whistleblowing claims including automatic unfair dismissal and detriment claims. He can also advise and represent in Unfair Dismissal, Wrongful Dismissal, Constructive Dismissal and Breach of Contract Claims.  He has a particular expertise in Equal Pay Claims.  

Times Lawyer of the Week

In September 2021 he was The Times Lawyer of the Week for his representation of Sonia Appleby in her whistleblowing claim against The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust – a case of national importance: 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lawyer-of-the-week-elliot-hammer-who-won-a-case-for-a-whistleblower-who-raised-concerns-about-childrens-safety-at-englands-only-nhs-transgender-clinic-l80gwm708

Law Society Gazette Lawyer in the News

Elliot was also the Law Society Gazette’s “lawyer in the News” on 20 September 2021.  

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/lawyer-in-the-news/lawyer-in-the-news-elliot-hammer/5109847.article

Media Expert

Elliot regularly features in the Daily Mirror, Telegraph, Times, Guardian, Observer and local newspapers up and down the country, most recently in the “Ham and High” and Portsmouth News amongst many others (see below for links). Elliot can assist in getting your claim into the national press in order to obtain support from the public, celebrities and powerful online institutions like Mumsnet https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/womens_rights/4350742-Times-Lawyer-of-the-Week-is-Elliott-Hammer-who-represented-Sonia-Appleby

Elliot regularly appears in various other media, including on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, Radio Essex,  Radio etc. 

Multi-Jurisdictional Lawyer

Elliot is also a multi-jurisdictional lawyer, being both a solicitor of England and Wales and a New York attorney-at-law. A part of Elliot’s legal career has been lecturing and writing materials on US corporate, banking law and general commercial law. He has a developing practice in cases before the London Court of International Arbitration and was recently involved in a large cross-jurisdiction breach of contract arbitration case in the LCIA.

Crowd Funding Expert

Elliot has wide ranging experience in assisting clients to Crowd Fund their case. Elliot’s crowd funding assistance has been able to realise hundreds of thousands of pounds in Crowd Funding for clients:  https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/gids-concerns/

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/natalie-bird-legal-fund/

Employment

Recent successful cases include: 

3 September 2021: Elliot acted for Sonia Appleby, child safeguarding officer, in a whistleblowing claim against the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust: Win

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/6149eb48d3bf7f05ac396f79/Ms_S_Appleby__vs___Tavistock_and_Portman_NHS_Foundation_Trust.pdf

5 August 2021: Elliot acted for a client in relation to Contract of Employment, Disability Discrimination and Harassment, Sex Discrimination, Victimisation and breach of contract: Win

https://www.gov.uk/employment-tribunal-decisions/miss-m-cobbing-v-v-p-global-ltd-and-frank-varela-2204738-2019

15 July 2021: Elliot acted for a client in relation to an appeal in the Employment Appeal Tribunal which resurrected the concept of a “Constructive Harassment Dismissal” : Win

https://www.gov.uk/employment-appeal-tribunal-decisions/ms-m-driscoll-nee-cobbing-v-1-v-and-p-global-ltd-2-mr-f-varela-ea-2020-000876-la-formerly-ukeat-slash-0009-slash-21-slash-la

26 February 2020: Elliot acted and represented a client successfully in a Constructive Unfair Dismissal Claim: Win

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5e74d7d3e90e073e39e98bd9/Miss_L_Tubero_v_Redbridge_Citizens_Advice_Bureau_-_3202382.2018_-_Reserved_Judgment.pdf

19 December 2019: Elliot acted for a client in a whistleblowing claim against a large PLC:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5e187c1740f0b65dc79ee100/Mr_S_Stanton_vs_Overbury_Plc_-_Judgment.pdf

4 November 2019: Elliot acted for a client in respect of a breach of contract / failure to pay notice pay claim: Win

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5d9460a2ed915d556d8e7b8e/Mr_O_Oni__-v-_Abbatt_Property_Services_London_Limited__-_Judgment__-_case_No.__3200513_2019.pdf

24 March 2017: Elliot acted for a client in respect of Breach of Contract / Unfair Dismissal/ Working Time Regulations

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5901b0c9e5274a06b0000218/Mr_A_Ballard_v_Eurotunnel_Services_Ltd_2302154-2016_Full.pdf

31 January 2016: Elliot was successful in the Employment Appeal Tribunal which developed the law relating to Wrongful Dismissal vis a vis Unfair Dismissal: Don Pevi vs Royal Mail Group Ltd UKEAT / 0232/15/DA: Win

https://employmentcasesupdate.co.uk/content/don-pevi-v-royal-mail-group-ltd-ukeat-0232-15-da.bfeea5b574cf4bd1b5e21a4d6ea5c33c.htm

Commercial Litigation

He can provide detailed commercial litigation advice and representation for individuals and corporations, ranging from all aspects of employment litigation to general commercial litigation such as professional negligence, construction and building disputes, insurance and banking disputes. Elliot has been involved in multi-million-pound High Court litigation for (and against) blue chip companies, whilst dealing in the day-to-day legal requirements of start-ups, small and medium sized companies. He has a particular expertise in advising restaurant groups.

Recent Cases Include

16 July 2021: Elliot acted for a restaurant defending a commercial contract claim and counterclaim: Win

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rva-surveyors-court-yet-again-24547349

15 April 2021: Elliot act for a retailer defending a commercial contract claim and counterclaim: Win

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/shop-boss-celebrates-beating-rva-23915405

22 August 2019: Elliot acted for a restaurant defending a commercial contract claim in an appeal: Win

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lili-baston-2-rva-surveyors-18977616

13 March 2019: Elliot acted for a restaurant defending a commercial contract claim: Win

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rogue-business-rates-company-rva-14128059

7 April 2006 – Elliot acted for a client in the Court of Appeal (Habib Bank vs Tufail 2006 EWCA CIV 374 ( 07 April 2006) relating to a mortgage procured by misrepresentation. 

https://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2006/374.html&query=(title:(+tufail+))

13 September 2021: Elliot acted for a director and shareholder in an unfair dismissal case: Win

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/616546888fa8f529777ffb95/A_Fox_v_Aurelius_Environmental_Limited_3312050-20_EJ.Ord_JUDGMENTf.pdf

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