Employment in Regional Bar
'A strong, varied and flexible set that offers a variety of technical and people skills', No.18 Barristers Chambers handles both employer and employee work across a range of sectors. Ian Wheaton represented a Southampton taxi firm in a holiday pay case involving issues of employment status, and in a disability discrimination claim brought by a former manager of the firm. Barnaby Large represented an employer in a discrimination case where the claimant refused to provide his address; the claim was successfully rejected for that reason.
'A high-quality set', Guildhall Chambers offers 'a good range of employment counsel at various levels of experience, representing an alternative to London chambers in appropriate cases'. Debbie Grennan represented a school subjected to a religious discrimination claim by a former employee, who was dismissed after posting anti-same-sex marriage and anti-gender reassignment messages on Facebook. In a sex discrimination claim, Douglas Leach represented a City of London police officer, who had her London Allowance reduced without there being a mechanism to do so under the Police Regulations when she went on maternity leave.
Old Square Chambers divides its employment talent between London and Bristol. In recent work of note, Michael Ford QC represented the claimant in Brazel v The Harper Trust, which the Court of Appeal found that a music teacher on a zero-hour contract was entitled to a full quota of paid fully-paid holiday irrespective of the amount of time she actually worked throughout the year. Spencer Keen represented the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo in several cases, including a claim brought by a former British prosecutor, with complex jurisdictional issues.
3PB has a 'strong, client-focused employment group that is able to deliver strong advocates on short notice'. Simon Tibbitts represented the Crown Prosecution Service in defeating a disability discrimination case in which the claimant was unusually subjected to a costs order, while Stephen Wyeth represented an organic lubricant firm in a claim above the statutory maximum brought by a former director, who changed the company's top-level web domain from .org to .com without permission. Turning to employee work, Andrew MacPhail represented the claimant in Court of Appeal case BMC Software v Shaikh, an equal pay claim.
Pump Court Chambers has an employment team with 'a range of barristers covering all levels of seniority' and is praised by instructing solicitors for its 'fantastic' employment law seminars. In recent work of note, Gary Self represented an employer in a case concerning the employment status of nightclub promoters. Heather Platt represented an autistic lecturer who brought a successful unfair dismissal and disability discrimination against BPP after resigning following harassing comments and lengthy sickness absence.
Queen Square Chambers
Queen Square Chambers has 'a number of brilliant employment counsel', covering the gamut of work for both employers and employees. In a recent instruction of note, Mark Williams represented the Intellectual Property Office in a disability discrimination claim brought by an autistic litigant-in-person, which required five case management hearings prior to a ten-day hearing; the claims were dismissed in their entirety.