Karon Monaghan QC and Phillippa Kaufmann QC recognised at the Modern Law Awards


Congratulations to Karon Monaghan QC who was awarded Outstanding Achievement of the Year and Phillippa Kaufmann QC who won Highly Commended in the category of Barrister of the Year at the Modern Law Awards 2019.

Karon was recognised for her work in the Smith v Pimlico Plumbers case which centred around whether or not Mr Smith was a ‘self-employed operative’ as claimed by the company or a worker so able to claim employment rights. The case travelled through the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal with them all finding in favour of Mr Smith and accepting he was a ‘worker’ and so entitled to bring his claims. Pimlico Plumbers then appeal to the Supreme Court which was dismissed.

Phillippa has worked on truly ground-breaking cases over the past year including a Supreme Court appeal by the Metropolitan Police over the way it handled the John Worboys case (Commissioner for Police of the Metropolis v DSD & Anor [2018] UKSC 1), a claim against the Parole Board to challenge their decision to release John Worboys on behalf of two of the victims (R (DSD & Anor) v The Parole Board of England and Wales [2018] EWHC 694 (Admin)and the Undercover Policing Inquiry.