Employment and Discrimination
Our dedicated team of barristers includes specialists in all areas of employment and discrimination law. We are recognised as experts in our field by the leading independent legal directories. We are regularly instructed to act on behalf of employees and employers in all types of contentious and non-contentious litigation from providing expert advice on compliance, drafting contractual terms to representation before the Courts and Employment Tribunals throughout the UK and overseas.
We provide experience in public and private sector case work at all levels, with a number of our members sitting as part time employment judges. We also have a number of qualified mediators and we accept direct public access instructions from in house counsel, other professionals and members of public where appropriate.
Our team exudes strength in depth and we undertake work in all areas of employment and discrimination law, including discrimination within the context of education and housing. We have been involved in some of the leading cases that have helped to shape this area of law. We work in the commercial and business side of employment law appearing in the High Court and County Courts and deal with restrictive covenants and injunctions to protect business interests.
"A pleasure to work with and a great alternative to the big-name employment sets." & "The clerks are approachable and inspire confidence." Chambers and Partners 2018
"Houses employment specialists, who are particularly well known for acting in discrimination, unfair dismissal cases and whistleblowing matters." Legal 500 2017
“An extremely user friendly and flexible chambers, which provides a refreshingly unstuffy approach and reasonable fees.” Legal 500 2016
More about us
Our barristers are well known for excellence in advocacy and we have a strong tradition of carrying out detailed and bespoke training to our clients. Even the most junior members of the team are involved in our seminars and the mock tribunals we run. We are often instructed to appear in the EAT by the Bar Pro Bono Unit and the Free Representation Unit.
Members regularly contribute to the New Law Journal, the Solicitors Journal and the ELA Briefing.
Areas covered include:
- discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, age and religion and belief
- employee competition, directors duties and injunctive relief
- drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants
- employment rights including status, remuneration and fringe benefits
- public law proceedings related to employment law and discrimination
- equal pay
- unfair dismissal
- wrongful dismissal and other issues concerning employment contracts
- whistleblowing (including claims for interim relief)
- sports and professional disciplinary tribunal work.
Heather Platt is the Head of our employment team. Jonathan Cue is the Senior Civil Clerk and has over twenty years’ experience as a clerk; he is assisted by a bright and very able junior in Dean Cunniff.
Gary Self is a part time Employment Judge and Hugh Travers also sits as a Judge in the Industrial Tribunal in Belfast. Heather Platt lectures final year law students at City University in London. Several members of the Practice Group have provided employment law training for leading providers, such as CLT, BPP and CIPD.