Sheryn Omeri (UK)
Sheryn is called to the Bar of England and Wales and practices from Cloisters Chambers in London.
Sheryn specialises in all aspects of Employment and Discrimination Law, including whistleblowing and territorial jurisdiction, Human Rights and Public (Administrative) Law, International Criminal Law, and Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence (Medical) Law. Sheryn is instructed to appear at all levels of the Tribunal and Court structure of England and Wales, including the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal (‘EAT’), County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, sought out to appear at both first instance and the appellate stage.
Sheryn is regularly instructed on complex cases involving a cross-over between Employment or Personal Injury Law and Human Rights. Sheryn was counsel for the respondent-employer in the leading employment case concerning the definition of a disclosure which would fall within the scope of the statutory whistleblowing protection and appeared in the Court of Appeal on a case concerning the question of whether the English law of unfair dismissal met the requirements of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights protecting the right to private and family life. She was junior counsel on a multi-claimant action resulting from the outbreak of E coli in the south of England.
Sheryn has also been instructed on cases before the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the Kurdish Human Rights Project, and later, the Democratic Progress Institute, in London. She is joint author of the Human Rights and References to the Court of Justice of the European Union chapters of Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Precedents of Pleadings.
In 2015, Sheryn worked in the Prosecution Division of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. She was a member of the Prosecution Team responsible for the prosecution of the case of Prosecutor v Al Faqi Al Mahdi which was the first case in the history of the ICC requiring the Trial Chamber to consider the war crime of destruction of cultural property as well as the question of whether it should accept a guilty plea offered by the defendant.
Before moving to London, Sheryn worked at the Aboriginal Legal Service in Sydney, specialising in Criminal Law, appearing in the Local, Children’s, District and Supreme Courts of New South Wales. Prior to this, Sheryn was tipstaff to the Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley, President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. Sheryn has also worked in the Litigation and International Arbitration Department of the Paris Office of Freshfields. She studied at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (‘Sciences Po’) in Paris and was awarded the University of Sydney University Medal for her French thesis concerning historical and contemporary manifestations of the nationalist movement in Corsica.
Sheryn is currently instructed on behalf of the Claimant drivers in the employment litigation against Uber taking place in London. The drivers were successful at first instance in establishing that they met the statutory definition of “worker” entitling them to be paid minimum wage and holiday pay as well as to protection for whistleblowing under the relevant English legislation. Uber is appealing the first instance decision.