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Leading Juniors

Julian Allsop - Guildhall Chambers 'An unflappable, pragmatic and versatile barrister. He enjoys a technical challenge. He provides clear and commercial advice on technical matters, and gives clients the confidence that the issues have been fully understood.'
James Bromige - Queen Square Chambers 'James knows the law inside and out. He has a real presence in the court room and is formidable in cross-examination.'
Sarah Clarke - 3PB 'Sarah is a force of nature. She is fantastic at cross-examination, has incredible mastery over the details and is very personable; clients love her.'
Daniella GilbertPump Court Chambers 'Daniella is an excellent advocate who commands the room. She is superb in cross-examination, tenacious on the details and her advice is clear, concise and tactically-driven.'
Gareth Graham - 3PB 'Gareth quickly grasps the issues in hand, and is extremely approachable. His straight-talking and pragmatic approach is of real benefit.'
Debbie Grennan - Guildhall Chambers 'Debbie is simply superb - pragmatic, personable, knowledgeable, painstaking and to the point. She puts clients at ease and engenders complete confidence.'
Spencer KeenOld Square ChambersSpencer has an encyclopaedic knowledge of disability discrimination law. He is extremely personable and a persuasive advocate.’
Douglas Leach - Guildhall Chambers 'Douglas has extreme clarity of thought, and grasps and unravels complexities with ease. He is a real expert in this field, and is a specialist in complex discrimination claims.'
Craig Ludlow3PB 'Craig's detailed and thorough understanding of discrimination law inspires confidence. He is tactful but direct - someone who can help steer strategic decisions at pivotal moments. He builds great rapport with clients.'
Heather PlattPump Court Chambers 'Heather exudes calmness and confidence, which sets clients at ease. An excellent cross-examiner with a commercial and pragmatic approach.'
Allan Roberts - Guildhall Chambers 'Allan possesses that perfect mix of commercial astuteness, tactical nous, incisive advocacy and, for the client, the calm, reassuring aura of being perfectly in control at all times.'
Nicholas Smith - Guildhall Chambers 'He is an excellent advocate, well-prepared and very client-friendly.'
Stephen Wyeth3PB 'Stephen is a skilled and tenacious cross-examiner. He is analytical and driven, with a no-nonsense approach. His knowledge of employment law and his understanding of nuances of litigation in the tribunal are exceptional.'
Naomi Gyane - Pump Court Chambers 'Naomi consistently demonstrates an impressively high level of specialist technical knowledge. She is extremely sharp, and puts clients at ease whilst being quick-thinking and robust.'
Mike Blitz - Queen Square Chambers 'He demonstrates forensic knowledge of the cases.'
Matthew Curtis3PB 'Matthew is an extremely persuasive advocate with a calm style which employment judges like. He is incisive without the need for gratuitously aggressive tactics.'
Tim Dracass - Pump Court Chambers 'Tim is an extremely robust advocate. He has in-depth knowledge of complex areas of employment law and offers practical and commercial solutions. He is calm and measured before the Tribunal.'
Kerry Gardiner - Guildhall Chambers 'A very thorough junior, who is excellent with clients and explains complex legal matters in very straightforward language.'
Barnaby Large - No.18 Barristers Chambers 'Barnaby has a very detailed understanding of niche and complex areas of employment law. he has an extremely good bedside manner and always puts clients at ease. An effective advocate with a calm and measured style.'
Andrew MacPhail3PB 'He is fastidious, comprehensive and highly attentive to detail.'
Geraint Probert - Guildhall Chambers 'Geraint is an exceptional barrister with excellent attention to detail. He is very quick thinking and has a confident, calm and measured style. He is very personable and has a great rapport with clients.'
Mark Williams - Queen Square Chambers 'Mark is an extremely supportive counsel. He is very straight forward with his advice, very practical; clients really respect him. He has a calm and trusting way about him which makes him great in court.'
Sarah HornblowerColleton Chambers ‘Sarah is highly experienced, an excellent communicator, and an impressive advocate. She gets to the heart of a case quickly and gains the trust of the client easily.’
Mark Green  - 3PB 'He is astute, balanced, and has sound judgement. A junior with an excellent tactical mind and great client empathy.'
Sarah Bowen3PB 'A talented barrister and a consummate professional. Sarah is very approachable and goes out of her way to explain complex matters in a language the lay person can understand.'
Matt Jackson - Albion Chambers 'He is calm under pressure, methodical, insightful and unflappable. An advocate who is equally comfortable before the Employment Tribunal or Court of Appeal. A go-to junior for complex strategic litigation in employment.'
Daniel Piddington - College Chambers 'Daniel is very calm, measured and quick thinking on his feet. His advice is always clear and concise and he is very responsive and easy to work with. He inspires confidence in clients and is trusted by them right from the start.'
Simon Tibbitts - 3PB 'Simon is incredibly diligent and knowledgeable, with a good eye for detail and identifying novel legal points.'
Ian Wheaton - No.18 Barristers Chambers 'Ian is a strong, skilful advocate. He displays an unerring ability to sort the wheat from the chaff in even the most apparently complex of cases.'

Employment in Regional Bar

Guildhall Chambers

Guildhall Chambers is ‘an excellent chambers with exceptional employment barristers‘ – ‘the best set for employment law in the South West‘, according to instructing solicitors. Julian Allsop , who heads up the practice, is ‘a calm and confident advocate‘, and has an excellent track record in appearing before the Employment Tribunal in complex cases involving whistleblowing and disability and maternity discrimination claims. Douglas Leach has an ‘impressive analytical ability when assessing cases‘ and Debbie Grennan is ‘an exceptional advocate‘. Allan Roberts is sought after for his expertise in whistleblowing, TUPE and discrimination cases. In recent instructions for the group, Geraint Probert represented the claimant before the Appeal Tribunal in a case involving the issue of whether a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome is considered a disability under the statutory definition.

Testimonials

Set

The whole set is excellent and provides a good quality service.’

Guildhall is a brilliant set, providing a diverse range of barristers, at varying levels, meaning it always has the right person for the job.’

The quality on offer at all levels of call is exceptional.’

An incredibly strong set.’

The employment team at Guildhall is friendly and technically superb.’

Clerking

The clerks are responsive and efficient.’

They are quick to respond and go out of their way to assist with queries.’

Rob McDonald is courteous and accommodating.’

Rob McDonald is always extremely helpful.’

The clerks, in particular Rob McDonald and Emily Webb, provide an excellent service, not only in terms of professionalism and efficiency but also are extremely personable and approachable.’

Old Square Chambers

Old Square Chambers ‘ Michael Ford KC is sought after for his established expertise in handling high-profile cases involving equal pay, pensions and TUPE matters, and is well known for advising on trade union law. Discrimination claims have been prominent in Toby Kempster ‘s recent caseload, and Jack Mitchell is regularly instructed in whistleblowing matters. Oliver Isaacs is adept at representing employees and employers across a wide spectrum of unfair dismissal claims, while Spencer Keen is widely recognised for his strength in advising on disability discrimination cases.

3PB

Led by the ‘organised and efficientCraig Ludlow , 3PB‘s employment group has ‘a great strength in depth regarding employment law‘. Ludlow and Sarah Clarke are highly regarded for their expertise in representing respondents and claimants in cases involving discrimination issues, whistleblowing matters and unfair dismissal claims. In a recent case highlight, Stephen Wyeth successfully represented the claimant in Preen v Coolink Ltd and Mr R Mullins, an automatic unfair dismissal claim for a health and safety reason arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. Gareth Graham is regularly instructed by NHS Trusts and health boards in whistleblowing and discrimination cases.

Testimonials

Set

3PB always has excellent strength in depth with a wide range of highly experienced counsel.’

Good employment set.’

The set is responsive and flexible to our needs and the needs of our clients.’

Reliable and friendly set.’

3PB is a very impressive set which delivers an excellent service at competitive prices. It has a large number of very experienced employment barristers.’

Clerking

Russell Porter is first-class.’

Patrick Robson and Russell Porter are fantastic.’

The clerks are very friendly and responsive.’

Well-organised and efficient.’

Patrick Steptoe is excellent. He responds promptly to emails and is incredibly helpful.’

Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is ‘strong in the employment law field‘, and houses a team which maintains a presence in Winchester and London. Heather Platt garners praise for her ‘commercial pragmatism and technical knowledge‘; she successfully represented the claimant in Richards v Brocade Communications UK, a long-running unfair dismissal case. Daniella Gilbert has established strength in handling cases involving whistleblowing, discrimination, unfair dismissal, restrictive covenants and TUPE matters. Naomi Gyane is ‘an expert in her field‘ and is sought after for her expertise in handling discrimination, harassment and victimisation claims. Tim Dracass has a strong ability to get to the crux of issues in complicated cases‘. In July 2021 Gary Self was appointed a judge of the Employment Tribunals.

Testimonials

Set

An excellent set with talented and bright counsel.’

Attentive and pro-active with experience in all areas of employment law.’

Great depth of experience and knowledge in its members.’

Pump Court Chambers is a great set. The level and expertise of barristers is second to none and the strength in depth is remarkable.’

Clerking

Jonathan Cue is extremely helpful and responsive.’

Strong clerking team who always make themselves available.’

Always very responsive and accommodating to requests.’

Jonathan Cue and Dean Cunniff are knowledgeable, experienced and keep abreast of cases.’

Queen Square Chambers

Queen Square Chambers‘ employment team is adept at representing claimants and respondents across the full range of employment law matters; recent instructions for the group include discrimination claims, whistleblowing matters, and unfair dismissal cases. Practice head James Bromige is highly regarded as ‘a shining light within the set in employment‘, and the ‘very knowledgeableMark Williams acts for claimants and respondents across a broad spectrum of discrimination claims. The ‘incisive‘ and ‘practicalMike Blitz is also a key name in the practice.

Testimonials

Set

Queen Square Chambers has good depth in experience.’

Good availability of counsel at short notice.’

Chambers is able to offer a broad range of high quality barristers to suit all requirements.’

Clerking

Clerks are always helpful, efficient and friendly.’

A good service – professional, efficient and courteous.’

Clerks at Queen Square are great, build a great rapport with everyone and always assist with any matters.’

Tom Cole is fantastic. Nothing is too much work, and he is helpful, communicative and friendly.’