Lucy Mclynn > Bates Wells > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Bates Wells
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Contentious employment work with particular emphasis on discrimination and status issues; reported cases include Dixon v Croglin Estate Co Ltd [2012] EqLR 187; Mahood v Irish Centre Housing [2011] EqLR 586; Coleman v Attridge Law [2010] IRLR 10 and [2008] IRLR 722; Randall v Southampton City College [2006] IRLR 18; Melhuish v Redbridge CAB [2005] IRLR 419; Virgo Fidelis School v Boyle [2004] IRLR 268 and South East Sheffield CAB v Grayson [2004] IRLR 353; regular advocate in employment tribunals and employment appeal tribunals on behalf of both claimants and respondents.


Trained Farrar’s Building; qualified 1997 barrister, 2001 solicitor; partner Bates Wells Braithwaite 2005 to date; author of ‘Working Time and Holidays – A Practical Legal Guide’ (November 2009, Oxford University Press); author of articles for ‘The Times’ and ‘Personnel Today’.


French, Italian.


Employment Lawyers Association; Industrial Law Society (executive committee member); advisory panel of Equal Opportunities Review.


Bristol University (1994 first class Honours degree in English); City University (1996 CPE); Inns of Court School of Law (1997 Bar Vocational Course)


Travel, skiing, reading, film, wine appreciation.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

Bates Wells advises university organisations as well as student bodies on a range of issues in the commercial and corporate sectors of further and higher education. The team is led by senior associate Jean Tsang, who handles commercial matters, as well as governance, charity and safeguarding, and Claire Whittle, who was promoted in April 2022 to cover the public and regulatory aspects of qualifications, contentious education matters and safeguarding. Lucy McLynn also leads on cases related to employment, such as disputes with trade unions, defending employment tribunal claims and data privacy matters.

London > Employment > Employers

Lucy McLynn leads the employment department at Bates Wells, which continues to maintain strong activity in sensitive tribunal cases, involving precedent-setting topics such as transgender rights. The firm is also highlighted for its expertise in employment data protection, internal investigations involving bullying and misuse of power, and its longstanding track record working with charity/not-for-profit employers. William Garnett and Paul Jennings are the other key partners.

London > Employment > Senior executives

Bates Wells handles a range of disputes in the online retail and news, private healthcare and financial services sectors, with a particular focus on test cases about the status of workers within the gig economy. Lucy Mclynn leads the ‘fully committed, incredibly helpful, and extremely well-informed’ group, which includes William Garnett, who specialises in acting for senior figures in a range of sectors. Senior associate Rachel Mathieson is also recommended.