Employment in Regional Bar
Members of Broadway House Chambers are often instructed on TUPE matters, as well as acting for both claimant an respondents on a range of equality act matters and unfair dismissal cases. Paul Smith recently represented a respondent care home in 31 claims of age discrimination, sex discrimination, harassment, and victimisation, all of which were dismissed.
Dere Street Barristers ' employment team is home to several strong practitioners, and recently provided juniors on both sides of Court of Appeal case City of York Council v Grosset, which concerned the definition of disability discrimination law set down in the Equality Act 2010, and saw Samuel Healy acting for the council while Angharad Davies represented the former teacher. Other notable cases include Healy's successful representation of a respondent school following an allegation of sexual orientation discrimination brought by a heterosexual man who had been dismissed.
Exchange Chambers' employment team is instructed to represent clients at all levels of the court system, from employment tribunals up to the Court of Appeal, as well as in settlement meetings and mediations. Discrimination cases are a key area of work for the set. A recent highlight is Ashley Serr's continued representation of the respondent in De Groen v Gan Menachem Nursery, which concerned allegations of discrimination on the grounds of the claimant's lack of belief by the respondent Orthodox Jewish nursery, now in the appeals process - the matter was remitted back to tribunal after some findings of direct discrimination were upheld and some of indirect discrimination were not.
KBW is home to Simon Mallett, who acts for both claimants and respondents in a wide range of employment law cases, including on a direct access basis, and has a particular focus on representing respondent police forces in employment claims. Notable recent cases include a whistleblowing claim brought by a senior finance manager at HSBC on the claimant side, and the defence of a race discrimination claim against a police force on the employer side.
Kings Chambers is home to a team of strong employment specialists, with experience in a wide range of cases for both employees and employers, as well as advising clients outside of litigation. Ben Williams recently represented a claimant healthcare assistant who was dismissed for making a complaint about a manager, obtaining costs as well as damages.
Described by one client as 'unquestionably the strongest employment set in the North East' Parklane Plowden is predominantly instructed on behalf of respondents, though members also act for claimants, including on a direct access basis. Discrimination cases are a key area of specialism, such as Seamus Sweeney's work with Glasgow City Council on multi-claimant equal pay claims, and Kirti Jeram acting for a director of Thyssenkrupp Elevator UK in a claim which included several allegations of racial harassment.
St Philips Chambers is home to Bruce Frew, who is often instructed on behalf of respondents for discrimination and unfair dismissal cases. He recently represented a respondent in a complex disability discrimination claim, in which it was conceded that the claimant was disabled on one of the four disabilities claimed, but the employer continued to dispute the fourth. Helen Gardiner and Paul Wilson departed the set for Kings Chambers and an in-house position with Make UK (formerly the EEF) respectively.
Members of Trinity Chambers are instructed by both claimants and respondents in employment law cases, with a particular focus on equal pay cases as well as wider discrimination work.