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Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

Work Department

Employment, Discrimination and Equality Law


David practises principally in the fields of employment and discrimination law and has a proven track record of dealing with complex employment litigation.

He is regularly instructed in high-value multi-day cases dealing with complex and intricate issues of fact and law. He has developed a busy practice covering all aspects of discrimination in the employment and non-employment fields. 

He regularly appears before the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and more recently, the Court of Appeal. He appeared as Junior Counsel (Led by Karon Monaghan Q.C) in the Supreme Court in February 2018 in Pimlico Plumbers v Smith, a case concerning the vexed question of employee status. David represented Mr Smith throughout his protracted battle against Pimlico Plumbers, appearing as sole counsel before the Employment and Employment Appeal Tribunals and as Junior counsel in Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

David was nominated for Employment Junior of the Year in the 2017 Chambers UK Bar Awards and is a member of the Equality & Human Rights Commission B Panel of Preferred Counsel.


Called July 2005 (Lincoln’s Inn).

Director on the Discrimination Law Association Executive Committee 2011-2016

Appointed to the Panel of Counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2015 and 2019.


Discrimination Law Association, Employment Lawyers Association, Employment Law Bar Association, Industrial Law Society.


University of London (LLB with Honours) (1998-2002);

University of Middlesex (LLM Employment Law – Dissertation: Playing the Race Card – Dispelling the myths in proving race discrimination – Distinction) (2002-2004).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Employment

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David Stephenson

Doughty Street Chambers

Bright, hardworking and fights his client’s corner.