Employment in Regional Bar
No5 Barristers Chambers is one of the Midlands' premier sets for employment law matters, with an 'excellent pool of barristers specialising in various fields'. Though the set remains predominantly focused on employers, barristers such as Nabila Mallick are highly active on behalf of claimants, especially in discrimination cases. Mugni Islam-Choudhury is another key member of the team, having departed somewhat from his typical employer focus to represent an Oxford University academic who alleges unlawful age discrimination as a result of the university's compulsory retirement program, which led to his dismissal at age 67 when he sought to work to 72. On the respondent side, Richard Hignett acted for the National Trust in a disability discrimination case which centred around electrohypersensitivity, a claim to be affected by electromagnetic waves such as magnetic fields which is not a recognised medical diagnosis.
St Philips Chambers is a strong presence in the Midlands employment law scene, with a 'very dedicated and accommodating' team containing a 'good range of competencies and experience'. Notable names within the practice include head of group Edmund Beever, who is able to handle matters such as his recent work on behalf of two female police officers who raised claims of sex discrimination and victimisation, as well as whistle-blowing. Senior junior Sophie Garner is another notable name, having recently undertaken appellate work in the fields of disability discrimination and whistle-blowing. The set is also active for public sector employers. Jonathan Meichen left the set on his appointment as an employment judge.