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Leading Juniors

Dominic BayneParklane PlowdenDominic is client-friendly, responsive and works very hard. He knows his law.
Bruce Frew - St Philips ChambersBruce is knowledgeable and confident, with a practical approach. He is fantastic with clients and puts witnesses at ease.
Sam Healy - Dere Street BarristersSam is a first-class barrister with a stellar reputation in the field of employment law. He is tough when he needs to be, unflappable, measured, and able to extract the most out of cross-examinations.
Paul Smith - Broadway House ChambersPaul has an encyclopedic knowledge of employment law. He is intellectually powerful and explains things in a very clear and concise way to clients.
Richard Stubbs - Trinity ChambersRichard is incredibly knowledgeable in employment law. It is clear that he has the well-earned respect of his opponents and the employment judges.
Andrew SugarmanParklane PlowdenAndrew is quite simply brilliant. He has a lovely manner with clients and understands the relationship between solicitor and client. On his feet, he is impressive and is robust without being aggressive.
Helen Gardiner - Kings ChambersShe is bright, articulate, knowledgeable, hard working, tactically astute and fantastic with clients.
Helen Hogben - Trinity ChambersHelen grasps the complexity of her clients' cases in a forensic manner. Her clients are left in do doubt that their interests will be pursued tirelessly and effectively for as long as they have her in their corner.
Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersA superb barrister. He is extremely friendly and builds great rapport with the client.
Claire Millns – Parklane PlowdenClaire is excellent to work with. She is unflappable in all situations and offers great reassurance to clients. It is very obvious that Claire is respected and liked by the local employment judges.
Roger QuickfallParklane PlowdenRoger is approachable, intelligent and provides calm and collected advice.
Matthew Rudd - Broadway House ChambersAn exceptionally dedicated barrister. He cuts through complex legal issues with ease. Experienced and unflappable.
Antoine Tinnion - Trinity ChambersHe demonstrates good knowledge and quickly grasps the key issues. A responsive junior.
Alfred Weiss - Exchange ChambersHe has an excellent courtroom presence and an ability to quickly focus on and understand the issues of the case, however complex.
Ben Williams - Kings ChambersHe is very responsive, builds rapport with clients quickly and puts witnesses at ease. He is unafraid to tackle difficult cases.
Sophie Firth – Parklane PlowdenA confident and effective cross-examiner who provides comprehensive and detailed advice.
Laura Gould - Kings ChambersA real professional with an exceptional intellect.
Simon Mallett - KBWA junior who can cut through the extraneous matter to focus on the key details of a case.
Hari Menon - Parklane PlowdenOne can have complete faith in Hari because of the depth of his expertise. His manner with clients – even in the most demanding situations – is excellent, in that he is completely unflappable and so reassuring.
Gareth PriceParklane PlowdenGareth takes a very pragmatic approach to cases. He is personable and down to earth with clients.
Andrew Webster  – Parklane PlowdenA very responsive barrister with forensic attention to detail.

Employment in Regional Bar

Parklane Plowden

Viewed by many as ‘the go-to set for employment work in the North East‘, Parklane Plowden‘s team of ‘experts in their field‘ is instructed across a broad spectrum of employment issues, with a particular focus on respondent-side work. Andrew Sugarman is ‘very pragmatic and approachable, with excellent equal pay knowledge‘. Team head Dominic Bayne acted for the respondent in an unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim brought by a former administrator, who was dismissed for accessing patient records in order to expose alleged wrongdoing by a colleague. The ‘incredibly brightSophie Firth has particular expertise in gender reassignment discrimination cases. In September 2021 Tariq Sadiq was appointed to the circuit bench.



An excellent set, with good strength in depth‘.

A strong employment team‘.

Parklane Plowden is brilliant. We instruct a wide range of barristers from the set for employment related matters, all of whom are technically excellent, quickly get to grips with the case, and work hard to achieve an outcome the client is happy with‘.


The clerks at Parklane Plowden are simply excellent. Their communication is prompt and clear, and they never need to be chased. They are always available to assist‘.

The clerks are invariably polite, friendly, supportive and always efficient and accurate in the service they provide‘.

The clerks are responsive, well organised and practical‘.

Sharon Robson is very well respected by clients and members alike‘.

Sharon Robson is always very responsive and goes the extra mile to assist‘.

Trinity Chambers

Trinity Chambers includes employment barristers who act for respondents and claimants across a wide range of employment law issues, with noted expertise in whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, discrimination and TUPE cases. Jane Callan is sought after by health authorities, local authorities and blue-chip companies for her specialist expertise in discrimination matters. Richard Stubbs provides 'always constructive advice' on cases involving whistleblowing, TUPE, discrimination, and unfair and wrongful dismissal claims, to name a few areas. Jamie Anderson acts for claimants and respondents in disability discrimination claims. Helen Hogben is 'a calm and measured advocate', with noted expertise in handling cases involving allegations of victimisation, discrimination and whistleblowing.



Chris Gibbin is an extremely helpful and experienced clerk‘.

All clerks revert quickly and deal with concerns expeditiously‘.

Broadway House Chambers

Broadway House Chambers has 'strength in depth for employment work' and is 'packed with talented counsel', in the words of instructing solicitors. Practice head Matthew Rudd is 'straight-talking' with 'great attention to detail', and has been kept busy handling unfair dismissal and discrimination cases. Paul Smith successfully represented the respondent in a case concerning whistleblowing and religious discrimination claims, which also involved multiple alleged protected disclosures.



Broadway House Chambers has a very strong employment team‘.

All counsel at Broadway House Chambers are exceptionally dedicated‘.

A very proficient service with highly talented individuals on board‘.


Friendly and efficient clerking‘.

Always prompt, courteous and friendly‘.

Robin Slade is very personable, down to earth and accommodating‘.

Eleni Reynolds is particularly thorough, always comes back promptly and finds someone to help us even at short notice‘.

Exchange Chambers

Exchange Chambers' employment law practitioners act for both employers and employees across a broad spectrum of matters. Ashley Serr has substantial experience in handling TUPE, equal pay, and unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. Paul Kirtley, whose 'cross-examination is cutting and effective', is well known for his expertise in the public sector, representing local authorities, the police, and NHS trusts in discrimination cases, to name a couple of areas. The 'extremely knowledgeable and approachable' Alfred Weiss is sought after by governmental departments, individual directors and employees, and SMEs for cases involving restrictive covenants, whistleblowing and TUPE transfers.



The clerks (particularly Ian Spencer) have a real “can do” attitude‘.

Kings Chambers

Kings Chambers attracts praise for its 'good quality employment team'. Helen Gardiner regularly appears before the Employment Tribunal and acts for claimants and respondents in whistleblowing, TUPE, unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. Laura Gould has expertise in cases involving pregnancy discrimination, stress claims, and disability discrimination. Helen Trotter was appointed a full-time deputy district judge in February 2021.



A strong set‘.


Luke Heywood is outstanding and delivers a fantastic clerking service‘.

Paul Clarke is responsive, friendly, and enthusiastic‘.