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Employment – Leading juniors

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    • Neil Ashley - Octagon LegalA great tactician, who provides clear and commercial advice, and puts clients at ease.
    • Jonathan Buckle - Regency Barristers ChambersAn experienced employment barrister.
    • Grace Cullen - 6 Pump CourtShe provides excellent client care.
    • William Emerson - Pallant ChambersHe has an excellent ability to see the bigger picture and give sound advice.
    • Carl Fender - Regency Barristers ChambersHe provides truly outstanding client care.
    • Lauren Godfrey - Crown Office RowAn approachable advocate with clear explanations and strong advocacy skills.
    • Shahin Ismail - Fenners ChambersRecommended for sensitive cases.
    • Mike Magee - Fenners ChambersExperienced in a range of discrimination cases.
    • Andrew McPhail - 3PBA pure employment expert.
    • Gordon Menzies - 6 Pump CourtA tenacious advocate, who provides practical advice.
    • Jack Mitchell - Old Square ChambersHe is personable and approachable, taking a very pragmatic approach.
    • Rowan Morton - Guildford ChambersHe provides excellent client care when handling complicated employment and discrimination matters.
    • Matthew Pascall - Guildford ChambersHe provides strong advice and is able to handle difficult situations.
    • Guy Sims - Fenners ChambersHighly experienced in discrimination, redundancy and unfair dismissal matters.

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With a good spread of claimant and respondent work, 3PB handles whistleblowing, discrimination and unfair dismissal matters. Andrew McPhail is an ‘up and coming specialist employment junior’.

6 Pump Court’s ‘excellent’ employment team comprises ‘friendly’ barristers, who are ‘able to deal with complex matters’. Headed up by Gordon Menzies, the group has expertise in discrimination, unfair dismissal and restrictive covenants matters, representing claimants and respondents. Recent highlights include acting for the respondents, Kent Police, in an unfair dismissal case concerning an employee accessing confidential information.

Crown Office Row is home to Lauren Godfrey, who has a solid employment practice and worked on numerous unfair dismissal claims in 2015. Godfrey also works on dismissals through breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.

Fenners Chambers’ employment team is experienced in discrimination, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and restraint of trade cases. Mike Magee and Guy Sims are well-known names. Shahin Ismail has significant recent experience at the EAT, handling cases including a particularly sensitive sexual harassment dispute.

Guildford Chambers has ‘a strong employment group’, which is experienced in a range of cases: unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing, to name but a few. Rowan Morton recently represented an employee in an unfair dismissal claim against Vodafone, which centred on sickness leave and diabetes.

Octagon Legal’s employment group is led by Neil Ashley, who represents blue-chip companies in a range of employment matters; in recent years he has built up a strong practice acting for private equity firms.

Old Square Chambers does not have an office on the South Eastern Circuit but the set recently attracted Jack Mitchell from 3PB, who has a strong following in the region.

The employment team at Pallant Chambersprovides consistently high levels of service’. William Emerson is they key name and has advised local water companies on a range of matters.

Regency Barristers Chambers is home to employment law specialists Carl Fender and Jonathan Buckle, who have ‘exceptional knowledge and experience’. Unfair dismissal and whistleblowing cases feature heavily in chambers’ recent workload.

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