Paul Mertens - Employment and Discrimination

Paul Mertens - Employment and Discrimination profile

Paul has a keen interest in employment law and professional discipline and is a member of the Employment Law Bar Association and Employment Lawyers Association. 

Paul welcomes instructions from both claimants and respondents across the spectrum of employment law issues, including claims for unfair dismissal (including redundancy), whistleblowing, discrimination and harassment under the Equality Act. He has appeared in a number of multi-day trials, including a seven-day trial in the Central London Employment Tribunal and a recent four-day trial in Manchester Employment Tribunal in which Employment Judge Wade described the quality of his advocacy as “excellent”.

Paul has successfully applied to strike out claims on a number of occasions and has secured costs for successful parties.  He is a contributor to Pump Court Chambers’ Costs Reports, an area of increasing importance.

Before coming to the Bar, Paul worked for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the chartered body for human resources professionals, and gained significant experience of a wide range of employment and professional disciplinary issues.  Since joining chambers, Paul has been retained by the CIPD as a Legal Advisor to its Investigation Panels and, in 2016, Paul facilitated a recruitment day on it’s behalf.

Paul's previous employment has also given him experience of drafting company policies, particularly in the areas of social media and data protection. Paul invites instructions in any area of drafting that would be of assistance. Paul has also previously audited an organisation's compliance with data protection regulations and is well placed to assist clients identify and adapt to these statutory requirements in the most efficient and business-focused manner.



Year of call: 2010
  • Harmsworth Scholarship (Middle Temple 2009) - Major BVC Scholar.
  • Certificate of Honour (Middle Temple 2010) - Prize for outstanding BVC results.
  • The Lady Templeman-Master Singhvi Memorial Fellowship – (Middle Temple 2010) - Prestigious fellowship, awarded to a single member of the Inn each year and which allowed Paul to travel to India in September 2010.
  • Paul also gave two lectures on ADR at the National Law University, Jodhpur.
  • Bar Standards Board's CPD Expert Panel
  • Independent Member of the Appeal Panel for the Anglo-European School
Areas of specialism:
  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Business and Commercial
  • Children Private Law
  • Employment and Discrimination
  • Family Finance
  • Inheritance, Wills and Probate
  • Inquests and Inquiries
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Property
  • Public Access and Direct Access
Additional languages:
  • French
  • BA - King’s College London
  • MA - University College London
  • Graduate Diploma in Law - Distinction
  • Bar Vocational Course - Outstanding
  • LLB - 1st Class (Hons.)
Professional associations:
  • Property Bar Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
Outside Interests:
  • Paul is interested in film history and enjoys watching and reading about classic films. When not relaxing with his young family on holiday, Paul can be found in the mountains snowboarding or under the water scuba diving.