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Jennifer Ainscough Principal Lawyer

Experience Profile

Jennifer is a Principal Lawyer in the Manchester Employment Department.

Jennifer’s advises Police Federation members on all aspects of the terms and conditions of service including pay, pensions and unsatisfactory performance issues.  Jennifer’s practice consists of providing advice and representation at Employment Tribunals, on Judicial Review challenges, unlawful arrests and malicious prosecution claims and Data Protection and Human Rights issues.

Jennifer has particular experience in pursuing Judicial Review challenges on a range of matters including pensions, misconduct and criminal injury awards.  Notable cases include: Pollard v Police Medical Appeal Board; Gannon v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police and Tait v Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal Board.

Jennifer also specialises is discrimination matters and successfully represented a Police Federation member in the case of Chief Constable of Lincolnshire v Caston in which the Court of Appeal ruled that an Employment Tribunal had a wide discretion in regard to the extension of statutory time limits for submitting a claim.

Jennifer also successfully represented 3 Police Federation members in the case of Clark and others v Chief Constable of Cumbria in which the Employment Tribunal ruled that the 3 Firearms officers had suffered detriments as a result of blowing the whistle on a line manager who they believed presented a health and safety risk to colleagues and the general public.

Jennifer trained at Russell Jones and Walker, now Slater and Gordon Lawyers and qualified in 2001.  In 2011 Jennifer was promoted to Principal Lawyer (Partner).

Jennifer is now the lead lawyer on Police Federation employment matters in the Manchester office.  Jennifer has been a Mentor to LPC students at the College of Law.  As a result of her experience in Tribunal and Judicial Review matters Jennifer has spoken on both matters to Police groups, fellow lawyers and members of the Judiciary.  Jennifer regularly provides training to local Police Federations on a range of employment related issues.

Jennifer graduated with a degree in Law from Liverpool John Moores University and received a Commendation on the Legal Practice Course at the Chester College of Law.

Jennifer is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.