The appeal hearing in the matter of Professor Galip Akay v Newcastle University [2020] EWHC 1669 (QB) was held by video link on 15 May 2020. The case concerned allegations of bullying and harassment at work resulting in psychiatric injury to the Claimant. James Weston represented the Defendant, who applied to strike out the claim as an abuse of process on the basis that the Claimant had had an opportunity recover for his personal injury in earlier employment tribunal proceedings.

The Defendant was successful on its application at first instance before HHJ Gargan sitting at the County Court in Newcastle. That decision was upheld on appeal by Mr Justice Lavender. The court’s judgment, which was handed down on 25 June 2020 and can be found here: Professor Galip Akay v Newcastle University [2020] EWHC 1669 (QB), touches upon issues of res judicata, abuse of process, date of knowledge of psychiatric injury and the doctrine of estoppel by convention.

James was instructed by Weightmans LLP.


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