Employment in Regional Bar


In Leeds, KBW's direct access qualified Simon Mallett acts in employment claims for both claimants and respondents; he frequently represents police forces in discrimination claims, including those alleging disability, race, religion, and sex discrimination. In addition to handling a range of police-related cases, Mallett represented a deputy headteacher who brought a claim against his school for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination; following a five-day hearing, the tribunal found the claimant had been unfairly dismissed.

St Philips Chambers

St Philips Chambers' employment group has 'a good, solid reputation' among instructing solicitors. Active in the North East, the 'fantasticBruce Frew recently represented Amazon in a discrimination claim brought by a litigant in person against a recruitment agency and the e-commerce giant, the agency's client – the unfair dismissal claim against Amazon was struck out. Other work has included acting for claimants and respondents in claims for protected disclosures as well as protected characteristics in the context of pregnancy and disability. Instructing solicitors say of Frew: 'He actively assists with prep for ET matters to ensure a full team effort for the clients and the clients trust him and more importantly like him.'

Parklane Plowden

Parklane Plowden 'provides extensive and thorough advocates of the highest calibre' in employment disputes. Head of the employment group, Dominic Bayne represents the employee in Bathgate v Technip UK, an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case with issues as to the extent the Equality Act 2010 applies to seafarers, and issues as to if the Scottish EAT is bound by English precedents of the same level. Andrew Sugarman successfully represented a primary school headteacher who was dismissed after having sex with two 17-year-olds he met on Grindr; this was found to have constituted unfair dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination, and he was awarded around £700,000. Tariq Sadiq, formerly of Temple Garden, successfully represented fashion bag company Mulberry, in the first philosophical belief discrimination case before the Court of Appeal. He also acted for HMRC in a major appeal brought by pub Greene King against a notice of underpayment of the national minimum wage. In recent news for the set, Seamus Sweeney and Kirti Jeram have left chambers to take up full-time posts as employment law judges.

Trinity Chambers

For many 'the prestige employment chambers in the North East', Trinity Chambers has 'excellent strength in depth, backed up by an excellent clerking team'. Members are instructed by both claimants and respondents in employment law matters, with a particular focus on equal pay cases as well as discrimination disputes. The set has a strong cadre of juniors, including 'excellent cross-examiner' Richard Stubbs whose practice includes disputes over restraint of trade, discrimination, equal pay, whistleblowing, TUPE, unfair and wrongful dismissal, and breach of contract. A discrimination specialist, the 'tenacious' Jane Callan represents claimants, including those backed by trade unions, as well as local authorities, health authorities, and blue-chip companies. She acted for The Times newspaper against a claim brought by its former Night Editor in Scotland asserting allegations of discrimination by reason of gender reassignment; the claim was dismissed. The 'well-respected' Antoine Tinnion acts in discrimination, unfair and wrongful dismissal, wage disputes, breach of contract, TUPE, whistleblowing, and equal pay claims, and also advises on the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Helen Hogben represents both employees and employers in the private sector, trade unions, local authorities, and police offices, in claims for injunctive relief, discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing, unlawful deduction of wages, disciplinary issues, and holiday pay claims.

Broadway House Chambers

At Yorkshire's Broadway House Chambers, the team covers the full spectrum of employment issues, from complex whistleblowing and discrimination cases through to class-action holiday pay, National Minimum Wage, and pensions litigation. Members also focus on TUPE and restrictive covenants, and advise private and public sector organisations on outsourcing projects and service fragmentation. Recent instructions of note include, team head Matthew Rudd successfully represented a claimant in an unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim against the NHS, and successfully acted for a respondent employer in a pregnancy discrimination claim. Paul Smith represented the Ministry of Justice in an unfair dismissal case brought by a prison officer who was allegedly in dereliction of duty when an immigration detainee attempted to take his own life.

Dere Street Barristers

Dere Street Barristers' employment law practitioners represent both claimants and respondents including local authorities, NHS trusts, trade unions, multinational PLCs, and police authorities. Members appear in tribunals not only throughout England and Wales but also Scotland. The team is headed by Samuel Healy undertakes all areas of employment claims, but with a particular specialism in discrimination, TUPE, working time, and breach of contract disputes. In recent instructions of note, he represented Dnata in a dispute over the application of TUPE in a change of ground handling provider at an airport. Healy also represented the successful respondent company, defeating claims brought by an ex-director claiming over £30,000 of back pay on the basis that he was not paid the national minimum wage.

Exchange Chambers

An 'excellent chambers' with 'high quality of senior employment counsel', Exchange Chambers is active in a range of matters for all manner of claimants and respondents. An 'unrivalled advocate', Paul Kirtley has substantial experience in the public sector dealing with the police, local authority, NHS and PC trusts in regards to discrimination, public interest disclosure, data protection, freedom of information, and disciplinary issues. In recent instructions of note, the 'tenaciousAshley Serr, who acts for FTSE 100 companies, SMEs, high-net-worth individuals, and government departments, represented HMRC in a case concerning deductions of wages for training and housing. Meanwhile, 'excellent advocateAlfred Weiss represented an employee who succeeded in a claim that mandating employees be physically working in an office five days a week was indirectly discriminatory against women.

Kings Chambers

A 'very strong set', Kings Chambers' members act for both claimants and respondents across the gamut of employment law matters, including work related to restrictive covenants, team moves, whistleblowing, and bonus claims. 'Commercial and pragmatic', regulatory and employment specialist Ben Williams represented NHS Digital in defeating a claim concerning pay structures, with issues of if a Q&A section in a guidance document was part of a contract or not. Also of note, the 'impressive advocate', Laura Gould is instructed to represent an employer in an associative direct discrimination claim, while the 'superb' Helen Trotter acted for the respondent in a complex unfair and wrongful dismissal claim brought against the Ministry of Justice, arising from the death of a prisoner in custody in the North East.