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Anthea Christie, Partner at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Employment


Anthea is a partner in the employment team in London. She acts on a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, with a particular focus on discrimination, whistleblowing claims, regulatory issues and large group claims, and regularly represents clients in the employment tribunal, county court and High Court. She advises staff associations and trade unions on all aspects of employment law, including regulatory issues and internal policies and procedures, and also acts on behalf of their members in complex claims and large group litigation claims.

Anthea is recognised by Chambers UK and The Legal 500 as ‘up and coming’ and a ‘next generation partner’, and is described as ‘tactically astute’, ‘highly organised’ and ‘incredibly good at communicating’. She is praised for working ‘very hard to get the best for her clients’ and for being ‘highly knowledgeable with an uncanny ability to digest large volumes of information in record timing; she provides the highest-quality counsel’.

She sits on the Employment Lawyers’ Association training committee and regularly delivers workshops and training to clients and contacts. She qualified in 2004 and joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in 2017 from another leading City law firm where she had worked for 13 years.

Recent work highlights

  • Jointly leading in a large group claim of approximately 38,000 police officers for discrimination arising from the transitional provisions of the Police Pension Regulations 2015.
  • Acting in a ground-breaking Court of Appeal decision concerning overtime payments for police officers and subsequently representing hundreds of other officers with similar claims in the High Court.
  • Representing a police officer and successfully resisting an appeal in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of The Commissioner of Police of the City of London v Geldart following the employment tribunal’s finding of direct sex discrimination arising from the reduction and cessation of the London allowance during maternity leave.
  • Successfully representing the claimant in the Employment Appeal Tribunal case of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v Keohane which concerned direct pregnancy and indirect sex discrimination.
  • Successfully bringing a judicial review claim in relation to a complaint brought against the Independent Police Complaints Commission (now known as the Independent Office of Police Conduct).

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