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Barrister specialising in employment and discrimination law; experience includes CA; EAT; and a wide variety of employment tribunal work, including lengthy discrimination hearings. Also practises in PI and clinical negligence (HC, CC and CICA) and has experience of hearings before professional disciplinary bodies. Jointly instructed by the EOC, CRE and DRC to intervene (as Robin Allen’s junior) in the joined ‘burden of proof’ cases (Igen Ltd v Wong; Chamberlin Solicitors v Emokpae; Brunel University v Webster) CA, February 2005. Has acted as junior counsel in two important equal pay test claims: Hartley v Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, a challenge to the NHS pay scheme, Agenda for Change, which affected hundreds of thousands of NHS employees, and Williams and Jermin v DFT, the first claim to compare employees in two different government agencies. Reported cases include Elstone v BP (EAT March 2010), the first authority for the proposition that a worker who makes a protected disclosure in one employment is protected against detriment in a subsequent employment, and JP Morgan (Europe) Ltd v Chweidan (CA, May 2011), a case concerning the distinction between direct and disability-related discrimination. In recent years has been invited to address a European Commission seminar in Brussels, the annual conference of the Bar European Group and the Industrial Law Society’s Oxford conference on issues relating to employment and discrimination law.


Called 2001, Gray’s Inn; tenant Cloisters 2002; lectures on a wide range of discrimination and employment issues; ‘Employment Law and Human Rights’ (2nd ed, OUP 2007); ‘Report on Age and Employment’ (European Commission, December 2011), ‘Discrimination in Employment: A Claims Handbook’, LAG, 2013.


Intermediate French, basic German and Welsh.


ELBA; PIBA; Amnesty International; Institute of Employment Rights; ELA; ILS, HRLA; secretary, Industrial Law Society.


Llanidloes High School; Magdalen College, Oxford (2000 BA Jurisprudence 1st class hons); Inns of Court School of Law (2001 BVC very competent).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Clinical negligence

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Anna BealeCloistersA junior whose work ethic is second-to-none.

London Bar > Employment

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Anna BealeCloistersAn extremely intelligent standout barrister, who is fantastic with clients and a real pleasure to work with.