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Nicholas Smith

Work 0117 930 9000
Guildhall Chambers (Chambers of Anna Vigars QC)

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Employment and discrimination; disciplinaries and appeals; professional discipline; sports law.


Nick has 20 years of experience as an employment tribunal advocate. He is the head of the employment team and has a nationwide practice in the fields of employment, discrimination law and regulatory/internal disciplinary matters. In 1999 Nick became the first Western circuit practitioner to specialise exclusively in employment and discrimination law. The aim was to persuade the market place that specialisation and expertise in this increasingly complex field could be found outside of London. This emphasis on the two key elements of specialisation and quality has lead to consistent top rankings in the leading legal directories and high-quality work from leading law firms, in house teams and a range of SME law firms. Nick led the team at his former chambers from strength to strength and was part of a team move to Guildhall Chambers in January 2012. He now heads up the niche employment team at Guildhall Chambers which offers the complete range of back up, client support and facilities to enable the team to provide a first class service for both respondents and claimants. Nick’s particular fields of interest include discrimination, constructive dismissal claims and TUPE (and in particular its impact in insolvency matters). He has a busy appeals practice and has appeared in a number of important EAT cases involving constructive dismissal, doctors’ pay and the thorny issue of substitution. Key cases for Nick have included the highly publicised Baillon v Gwent Police Cardiff ET [March to November 2013] where Nick secured a landmark victory for a police officer who resigned his office as a consequence of calculated acts of bullying and retaliation ACPO ranked officers and their subordinates. He also acted in Davies v DWP Liverpool ET [Feb 2012 to April 2013] which featured in the equal opportunities review of compensation awards. This high-profile case involved allegations of racial harassment on the grounds of association under s13 EqA; victimisation and constructive dismissal. Nick been asked to give expert advice to the BBC and broadsheet press upon a range of issues – for example the threatened PFA footballers strike. He has had articles published in the ‘ELA Bulletin’ and given training and evening seminars for the ELA on subjects as diverse as compensation for unfair dismissal, advocacy in the employment tribunal, insolvency and TUPE.


ELA; Industrial Law Society; Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary lawyers.

Regional Bar : Western Circuit


Within: Employment – Leading juniors

Nicholas Smith - Guildhall ChambersHis practice covers whistleblowing, discrimination and victimisation cases.

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