About Camilla Whitehouse
Called in 2010
Camilla has a broad civil and public law practice including employment, commercial, property and regulatory law.
Camilla undertakes work in all areas of employment law and is instructed by both claimants and respondents at all stages of proceedings. She is experienced at advising respondent businesses on ACAS compliant practices and procedures, drafting contracts of employment, grievance and disciplinary policies and restrictive covenants. Her practice includes advice and representation in employment claims at all stages in the Employment Tribunal, High Court and Employment Appeal Tribunal, including unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, redundancy, holiday and pay disputes, discrimination, harassment, victimisation and whistleblowing.
Experienced in litigation and advice arising out of commercial and contractual disputes, Camilla advises on professional negligence claims, construction disputes, sale of goods, agency disputes, consumer law and debt and insolvency.
Camilla represents landlord, tenants, freeholders and leaseholders in litigation and advice arising out of property ownership, including commercial and residential tenancies, private and public sector housing, mortgages and mortgage fraud, housing and disrepair claims, trespass, nuisance, matrimonial and family finance and property and landlord and tenant law.
Camilla has a particular interest in health related litigation in its broadest form. In this regard, she has represented clients in the High Court, Court of Protection, Mental Health Tribunals and Inquests.
In addition to her practice, Camilla lectures bar students on the Bar Professional Training Course at BPP University.
Prior to practice, Camilla completed an LLM and worked as a researcher to counsel at Doughty Street Chambers whilst volunteering as a legal adviser at a clinical negligence charity, AvMA. Camilla has completed internships with the International Bar Association, Office of Parliamentary Counsel and the Attorney General’s Office. At law school, she was Director of the Mary Ward Disability Law Appeals scheme, a Free Representation Unit representative and a FRU referral agent.
She is qualified to accept public access instructions from individuals and businesses, details of which can be found at www.camillawhitehouse.com.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND EDUCATION
LLM-Professional Legal Practice – Distinction (1st in year) BPP Law School, London
Bar Vocational Course, Very Competent BPP Law School, London
Graduate Diploma in Law – with distinction in independent dissertation, BPP Law School
BA in Philosophy and Theology, 2.1 (Joint Honours) King’s College London
MEMBERSHIPS AND APPOINTMENTS
- Pupil mentor at Church Court Chambers
- Public Access committee at Church Court Chambers
- Former panellist on Attorney General’s BB scheme
- Lecturer on the BPTC, BPP Law School
- Previous appointment as Equalities Officer at 10 King’s Bench Walk
- BPP Scholarship to represent the law school at the International Academy of Dispute Resolution competition Chicago.
- Won 2nd place for International Division, International Academy of Dispute Resolution, Chicago (2010)
- Won 3rd place in Worldwide Mediation, International Academy of Dispute Resolution, Chicago (2010)
- Won 1st prize in Best New Mediation programme International Academy of Dispute Resolution, Chicago (2010)
- Middle Temple scholarship for the Willem C Vis Arbitration moot in Vienna (2009)
- Middle Temple Benefactor’s BVC Scholarship (2009)
- Middle Temple Benefactor’s CPE Scholarship (2008)
- Middle Temple Blackstone Entrance Exhibition (2008)
PUBLICATIONS / LECTURES
- “Human Rights and Parliaments: Handbook for Members and Staff” (International Bar Association, 2011)
- Special rapporteur for ‘The Westminster Consortium Workshop on Human Rights and the Role of Parliaments’ (2011)
- “Asian Values”: a credible alternative to a universal conception of human rights, or a justification for restricting freedom of expression?’ International Bar Association, February (2011)
- Major contributor to ‘The Journal of Animal Welfare Law’ (2010)
- Employment Law: an update (2015)
- Court of Protection: Evidence, Timing of Applications & Dealing with requests for Oral Reviews (2014)
- Court of Protection: Aspects of Reproductive Health And The Incapacitated Adult (2014)
- Race Discrimination in Employment Law (2012)
- Contributor: Litigating in the Court of Protection (2011)
Bar Pro Bono Unit
M v C: Advised Mr M on his appeal to the Court of Appeal in a criminal injuries compensation claim.
Mr H & H v S NHS: Assisted senior counsel in successfully representing the claimant (deceased) and his wife for clinical negligence under the Fatal Accidents Act, securing settlement exceeding £1.3 million.
G Ltd v K: Successfully defended a leaseholder in the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal in the claimant’s substantial unpaid service charges, successfully extinguishing all her liability to pay arrears accrued over 6 years.
H v G: Represented one of the UK’s largest property management companies in a historical rent estate charge dispute against a freeholder involving substantial allegations of breaches of covenant by both parties.
M v LA: Successfully represented an appellant in the Valuation Tribunal in a ground-breaking case in which it was successfully argued that his buy-to-let property did not qualify as a hereditament within the meaning of the General Rate Act 1967. Secured the property’s retrospective deletion from the list and recovered compensation for wrongfully paid Council Tax.
B v G, L and others – Successfully represented a claimant as sole counsel in complex claim against 17 Respondents for unfair dismissal relating to TUPE and sexual harassment. Secured substantial settlement award from 15 Respondents and succeeded at trial in respect of the remaining two Respondents.
Z v Y – Represented the appellate employee in the Court of Appeal in respect of her capability dismissal case.
F v B – Represented the respondent (a luxury jewellery company) in the Employment Appeal Tribunal for a case regarding the Tribunal’s duties to a disabled litigant in person, for which the Ministry of Justice were interveners.
A v H – Represented the respondent (a well known car manufacturer) in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Employment Tribunal against the claimant’s costs claim on the basis of the respondent’s alleged unreasonable conduct, which included covert surveillance. Successfully reduced costs award by 87% from the £45,000 claimed to £6,000.
K & L v D, C – Represented D and C in multi-track proceedings regarding an application for restitution in a case involving a property transaction at an alleged undervalue pursuant to r 339 Insolvency Rules. Instructed to advise and draft pleadings on behalf of the First and Second Defendants (a director and his company respectfully) in a complex counterclaim of just under £500,000.
B v K & AS Ltd: Instructed to advise and draft pleadings on behalf of the first and second defendants (a director and his company respectfully) in a complex counterclaim of just under £500,000.
T v S: Representing the Claimant against a leading international silver circle law firm in a professional negligence claim.
H v L – Advised and represented L in complex multi-track proceedings involving two now insolvent companies: C that had agreed to supply high value and unique goods to S. At the material time, L had been a director in C and S and had personally guaranteed and indemnified S in respect of its lease purchase agreement with H for the goods, which C had failed to supply to S.
X v SS – Instructed by the Treasury Solicitors in high profile case to review medical records and draft witness evidence for complex matter involving an immigration detainee’s refusal of medical treatment, rendering him unfit to be deported.
Re B, J and C: Represented father in the High Court care proceedings with parallel proceedings in the Court of Protection over Local Authorities’ financial contribution to foster care given that the mother, who was not of capacity, was in receipt of substantial settlement award following a serious accident.
Instructed by the Treasury Solicitors review Statutory Instruments to ensure an effective transfer of NHS assets in light of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
P (deceased): Acted as sole counsel for the family of deceased in a 4-day inquest involving 25 witnesses and 4 interested parties. P was a paranoid schizophrenic who was found dead after being recently discharged from a psychiatric ward. Successfully secured narrative verdict and two Rule 43 Reports in respect of two public bodies.
Regulatory and Disciplinary Law
NBC v A – Successfully represented a Defendant landlord in proceedings brought against him for alleged breaches of the Housing Act 2004 and The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006.
Re X (a firm) – Instructed to advise an OISC regulated firm as to the permissibility of referral fees in the applicable regulatory framework.