Bruce Frew > Chambers of Richard Atkins QC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Atkins QC
St Philips Chambers
B2 5LS
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Bruce has an extensive practice specialising in employment law. He represents both claimants and respondents in equal measure and is instructed from a variety of sources, including individuals, small undertakings, regional and nationwide companies, trade unions and the public sector extending to universities, local authorities, and solicitors practices. He regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal, on matters ranging from application hearings to multi day, multi party, complex cases, and he has appeared in the Employment Appeal Tribunal on numerous matters also. In recent years a number of his EAT cases have been reported. In addition to representation in tribunals Bruce undertakes both advisory and drafting work. He has drafted and advised on a number of compromise agreements, service agreements and commercial agency agreements and has been involved in the negotiation on a direct access basis of terms of settlement on the termination of employment. Bruce has also represented parties in employment mediations, both judicial and nonjudicial. Bruce is accredited to take instructions on a direct access basis and is happy to do so where cases are suitable for instruction on this basis. Recently he has seen significant growth in his direct access instructions. Widely experienced in all areas of employment law, including: unfair and wrongful dismissal; TUPE; breach of contract; restrictive covenants; working time regulations; victimisation; redundancy (individual and collective); all types of discrimination, including: sex, race, pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, and disability.


Called 2005, Lincoln’s Inn.


Employment Law Bar Association; Employment Lawyers Association; Industrial Law Society; North East Circuit.


University of Dundee (LLB); University of Leeds (LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Employment

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Bruce FrewSt Philips ChambersBruce is a fantastic down to earth and approachable barrister who is open to contact and discussion with us as his instructing solicitors. His advice is always accurate and honest and he delivers this to clients in a no nonsense way. You always know where you stand with him and he has never let me down.

St Philips Chambers‘ employment group has ‘a good, solid reputation‘ among instructing solicitors. Active in the North East, the ‘fantastic‘ Bruce 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.’