Angelica is a barrister with a broad common law practice. She undertakes advisory and litigation work in Courts and Tribunals for a range of clients, including: Government Departments, Local Authorities and global and national companies in the FTSE 100. She joined Chambers in 2018, following successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Simon Taylor QC, Gordon Menzies and Christopher Badger.
Prior to the Bar, Angelica worked as a paralegal at Mischon de Reya and Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. She also gained experience of working as a County Court Advocate, appearing in over sixty civil applications, possession and Stage 3 disposal hearings across London and the South Eastern Circuit. Having studied law, she was awarded a distinction in her postgraduate law degree. Now in practice, Angelica lectures to students studying the Planning and Property Law module at her former University, University College London.
Angelica has a growing employment practice and receives regular repeat instructions to represent both Claimants and Respondents both in the Employment Tribunals and in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. She also has experience of employment crossover disputes, recently appearing as sole Counsel in the High Court in relation to a claim for injunctive relief following a claim issued against former employees relating to breach of restrictive covenants.
She has experience of multi-day breach of contract, unfair dismissal and discrimination claims – the latter of which she has a particular interest in – having volunteered for the Free Representation Unit (FRU) as an Employment Tribunal Representative. During her time with FRU, Angelica acted probono at full contested trials on behalf of individuals without access to legal representation.
Featured cases list
AM v An Academy
- Acted for the successful Claimant on a multi-day claim, involving a gross misconduct dismissal, where the allegation concerned hitting a child;
- Following cross-examination, the Tribunal unanimously concluded that the Claimant did not carry out the act in question and her claim for wrongful dismissal succeeded.
- A news report on the case can be found here
T v B
- Acted for the successful Claimant in claim against an international inflight entertainment company, involving the unlawful deduction of wages following a failure to obtain written agreement from the employee to the UK furlough scheme;
- The Tribunal also upheld the Claimant’s claim of unfair dismissal, holding that the Respondent had “entirely failed to provide the Claimant with a fair process”, notwithstanding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the airline industry.
P v N
- Instructed by the Respondent, the UK’s largest independent bulk liquid storage company, in successfully defending a multi-day claim for unfair dismissal.
P v I
- Acted for the Respondent in persuading the Tribunal to apply a 100% Polkey reduction and a finding of 85% contributory fault in respect of an unfair dismissal claim involving multiple breaches of the ACAS Codes of Practice.
A Director v A Director
- Acted for the successful Claimant in establishing employment status following a breakdown of a personal relationship between the parties.
JP v A University
- Instructed by the successful Claimant on a multi-day unfair dismissal claim against a UK University.
GD v A Care Home
- Instructed for the Respondent in a claim involving dismissal of an employee for gross misconduct, following a death in a care home;
- Successfully defended the substantive unfair dismissal claim and persuaded Tribunal to apply a 60% Polkey reduction, following a finding of procedurally unfair dismissal.
LB v A News Corporation
- Instructed to draft Grounds of Complaint on behalf of a Claimant who sought to claim unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and unlawful deduction of wages against an international news broadcasting corporation and a celebrity news presenter.
MM v W
- Instructed on behalf of the successful Claimant who sought to resist a claim of litigation privilege over emails which had been obtained in breach of his employer’s internet policy but which directly discussed his ‘exit’ from the company.
Angelica receives regular instructions as sole Counsel to represent parties at Inquiry-level, as well as to draft Pre-Action Protocol Letters and grounds of appeal in respect of planning judicial review claims in the High Court. In addition to her busy paperwork practice, she frequently prosecutes planning and housing matters on behalf of Local Authorities, which include: first appearances; full trials; sentencing hearings and advising on confiscation proceedings in both the Crown and the Magistrates’ Court.
Angelica’s recent instructions include advising and appearing in Court in relation to cases touching on: residential fly-tipping; breach of planning enforcement notices; unauthorised work to listed buildings; protecting rights to the “quiet enjoyment” of land and appealing abatement notices.
In addition, she also has a busy paperwork practice, and has advised a range of individuals in relation to: GDPR rights; prior approval; pre-application discussions; “fall back”; curtilage and the extent of a listed building; purchase notices; common land; listed buildings and frequently provides advice for individuals seeking to judicially review decisions to grant permission.
Featured cases list
Christ Hospital School Planning Inquiry
- Junior to Anne Williams, instructed on behalf of the successful applicant for a major application to build a £25m sports ground, to include: a new all-weather running track, sports centre extension, a floodlit 3G sports pitch and uniquely, an Exploratorium;
- The application was refused several times over a two-year period primarily on landscape grounds. In addition, there was also considerable local objection. The School submitted a planning appeal following refusal of the scheme, as well as an application for costs, which was fixed to be heard at an Inquiry in November 2021. The Inquiry itself was scheduled to last several days with 7 expert witnesses being called to give evidence across a range of topics, including: heritage, landscape, lighting, noise and highways;
- Since the submission of the appeal, and in light of the additional landscape evidence, the Council was required to reconsider its original refusal to the scheme and subsequently resolved to grant consent;
- Links to the case can be found here.
W v Chelmsford City Council (Colchester Crown Court)
- Instructed by the Local Authority to prosecute multiple unlawful eviction and unlawful harassment charges against a landlord;
- Having advised on the matter at an early stage, and following a six day trial, the Jury returned guilty verdicts on all four counts on the indictment.
Burfield Lakes Planning Inquiry
- Junior to William Upton QC acting on behalf of the Environment Agency (an interested party) at a multi-day planning inquiry in relation to a large scale development sought in a high flood risk zone;
- Links to the case can be found here
D v Epping Forest District Council (Southend Magistrates’ Court)
- Instructed on behalf of the Local Authority to prosecute multiple fly-tipping offences and obtain a Criminal Behaviour Order upon conviction;
- Links to the case can be found here and
S v London Borough of Harrow (Harrow Crown Court)
- Prosecuted a four-day breach of planning enforcement trial – subsequently obtained a guilty verdict and a fine of £24,000;
S v London Borough of Newham (Barkingside Magistrates’ Court)
- Instructed at sentencing hearing, following a guilty plea – subsequently obtained a fine of over £10,000;
Opinion (LB v Local Authority)
- Advised on the merits of challenging a large scale residential development which had been included in Local Plans, amidst significant controversy.
- The Land sought to be appropriated for the development is currently subject to an Act of Parliament protecting its use as pleasure grounds for the benefit of the public.
Angelica has experience of representing clients, both Claimant and Defendant, in small, fast and multi-track cases, case management hearings and appeals.
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LB v RVA (Central London County Court)
- Instructed on behalf of the Respondent, Lili Baston, and successfully resisted Appellant’s application to appeal judgment of the County Court;
- Click here for news coverage of the case.
M v EW Ltd Co (Milton Keynes County Court)
- Successfully set aside a judgment obtained in default, which had been escalated to the High Court for enforcement.
- The application was a complex one given that the Claimant sought to rely on the production of fraudulent documents by the Defendant, which was, in part, accepted by the Judge determining the matter.
- Angelica also secured a favourable costs order following the hearing.
M v V (Cambridge County Court)
- Successfully represented an applicant who sought an ex-parte interim civil injunction pursuant to the Protection of Harassment Act 1997, later upheld on the return date.
- Upon breach of the final injunction being proven, the respondent was duly imprisoned.
Angelica spent five months of her pupillage with Simon Taylor QC observing trials where the offences included manslaughter and kidnapping. She regularly appears in the Crown and Magistrates’ Court undertaking trials and in the Crown Court, prosecuting and defending committals for sentence and appeals against conviction and sentence.
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RSPCA v Davies
- Acted for the RSPCA in securing a ban and custodial sentence for a dog owner. Links to the case can be found in the Birmingham Mail and Express and Star
R v C (Canterbury Crown Court)
- Advised client to appeal against a sentence of a 12 month DTO for multiple offences on the grounds that the Youth Court imposed an excessive sentence, in light of the mitigating factors which were present;
- On appeal, the Court were persuaded to impose a YRO ISSP instead of a custodial sentence, with immediate effect;
- A link to the case can be found here
R v S (Medway Magistrates’ Court)
- Secured an acquittal for a Defendant charged with four counts of assault by beating, where the Prosecution evidence included two independent witnesses. The Magistrates’ acquitted on the basis of inconsistencies outlined during cross-examination.
Kent Police v Grant (Folkestone Magistrates’ Court)
- Successfully obtained a final closure order of a premises, following a police operation to respond to antisocial behaviour linked to county line drug supply.
- See press report
R v Dabner (Canterbury Crown Court)
- See press report
- Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple Inn
- Shortlisted entry, The Law Society’s “Graham Turner Human Rights Essay Competition 2015”
CPS Level 1 Advocate Panel 2016-2020 (London and South-Eastern Circuits)
- Editor, Atkin’s Court Forms, Town And County Planning ACF (Volume 37(1) Issue)
- “The ambit of procedural fairness in closed material proceedings: Rahmutullah v Ministry of Defence  EWHC 547 (QB) and K (and Others) v Secretary of State for Defence  EWHC 830 (Admin)”, Civil Justice Quarterly, 2017
- “Appeal by witness: substantive and procedural landmines, breach of convention rights and the unusual case of Re W (A Child) (Care Proceedings: Non Party Appeal)  EWCA Civ 1140”, Civil Justice Quarterly, 2018
Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)
- Law, University of Southampton (Upper Second Class)
- Masters of Law (Public Law), University College London (Distinction)
- Bar Professional Training Course, Kaplan Law School (Very Competent)