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Pre-eminent employment set boasting considerable depth at the silk and junior levels, which acts for high-profile individuals and organisations in numerous sectors, including financial services. Its members' expertise covers the full spectrum of employment law issues; they are leaders in the fields of equal pay, worker status and team moves. Recent cases include the high-profile equal pay claim against Tesco, the Supreme Court cases of Tillman and Mencap, and Alesco v Bishopsgate, a high-profile team poaching case in the insurance broking sector.

Client service:

"Their clerking is outstanding. Lucy Barbet and Mark Dann lead a team which is always incredibly helpful and efficient; nothing is too much trouble and they're always thinking of you as a client." "The clerks are incredibly attentive and helpful. We get an outstanding service."

Strengths:

Aileen McColgan QC
Focuses on discrimination and equality issues, while maintaining an interest in the wider area of employment law as a practising academic. She has extensive experience handling complex holiday pay and restrictive covenant issues, appearing before the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the High Court for both employers and employees.
"She's very effective and knows discrimination law inside out." "She's really, really good on equality and discrimination cases."

Strengths:

Amy Rogers
Widely reputed for being a hard worker with an intelligent approach, she is instructed in many High Court commercial employment issues. She is especially recognised for her expertise in team move cases and employee competition litigation. She has recently been involved in a number of market-leading discrimination cases.
"Absolutely outstanding as an advocate, in her work product and her work ethic - no one else is comparable." "She's incredibly easy to work with, incredibly responsive, extremely hard-working and immensely bright."
Recent work: Acted for Ms Tillman in her Supreme Court appeal against her former employer Egon Zehnder, a leading case on the construction of non-competition covenants.

Strengths:

Andrew Edge
Repeatedly singled out by sources for his exceptional client-handling skills and his approachability. Specialising in both employment and commercial law, he is recognised for his aptitude in handling complex injunctive relief issues and for having expertise in more traditional employment law matters, such as discrimination, unfair dismissal and breach of contract.
"He's a fantastic barrister: incredibly thorough and technically good at the strategy of litigation." "He's a great junior who is super responsive and very practical."
Recent work: Acted for Unison on behalf of the appellant in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake, the leading case on pay for sleep-in shifts.

Strengths:

Anya Proops QC
Well-known silk who can boast wide experience across the spectrum of employment law. She is commended for her expertise in whistle-blowing and discrimination claims, as well as in applications for injunctions, and matters crossing over with data and information law.
"She's incredibly bright, commercial and client-friendly; she has a prodigious brain and gets results for the client." "She has an extremely good eye for detail and focuses on the key issues very swiftly."
Recent work: Acted for Lloyd's of London in a claim for age discrimination brought by Mr Engel, in connection with the decision not to appoint him as a trustee of Lloyd's pension scheme.

Strengths:

Christopher Jeans QC
Acts across all levels of the justice system, handling complex employment issues at the Supreme Court, the High Court and tribunals across the country. Well known for his expertise in matters concerning equal pay and holiday pay, as well as discrimination and pensions cases. He often acts for high-profile individuals and large organisations.
"He is an unparalleled expert in the field." "He has a wealth of experience and an enormous legal brain, is incredibly responsive and just a fantastic barrister who is easy to work with."

Strengths:

Clive Sheldon QC
Undertakes a range of employment work with a focus on high-profile discrimination claims and complex boardroom disputes. He regularly represents both employers and employees, and his practice is strengthened by his knowledge of public and education law. He has recently handled a number of cases concerning pension schemes. He offers notable experience of advocacy in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
"He's knowledgeable, user-friendly and supportive."
Recent work: Acted for the Metropolitan Police Service in a race discrimination and victimisation claim brought by the most senior Asian female officer in the force.

Strengths:

Daniel Isenberg
Has attracted acclaim for his impressive work in a number of high-profile cases involving business executives and other prominent figures. He is particularly experienced in team moves and other commercial employment matters.
"He's highly intelligent, great with clients and responsive." "He's very bright and very good to work with."
Recent work: Successfully defended Stobart Group against a claim brought by its former CEO Andrew Tinkler, who was dismissed after criticising the board and attempting to oust the chairman. The High Court found that he had acted in breach of his duties.

Strengths:

Daniel Stilitz QC
Has extensive experience acting both for and against financial and professional services employers across the whole gamut of employment law. He often handles difficult discrimination, whistle-blowing and constructive dismissal claims, and has notable experience advising clients in the sports sector. He is also often sought out as a mediator for employment disputes.
"He's very client-friendly and consistently brilliant in court." "He's fiercely bright, very responsive and very easy to work with."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Protect, the whistle-blowers' charity, in Gilham v Ministry of Justice, an appeal to the Supreme Court on the question of whether judges could make protected disclosures.

Strengths:

Hannah Slarks
Particularly skilled in handling cases in the financial sector, including those concerning senior managerial staff. She is an expert in cases involving discrimination, whistle-blowing and harassment., "She does an absolutely brilliant job; she's a determined advocate and very easy to work with." "Sharp, accessible and has a 'we're in this together' attitude."
Recent work: Acted for the Bank of England in defending a whistle-blowing claim brought against numerous high-profile respondents, in which a former adviser to the FCA claimed that he had predicted the financial crisis and had been ignored.

Strengths:

Harini Iyengar
Undertakes a wide range of employment law work for both respondents and claimants and is known for her expertise in discrimination, whistle-blowing and TUPE issues. Her employment practice is bolstered by her extensive knowledge of the law in relation to education, procurement and equality.
"She's a powerfully strong advocate and very clever." "She's a very thorough and technically excellent lawyer."
Recent work: Represented Paul Czerepok, the former finance director of a holding company owned by Northumberland County Council, in a whistle-blowing claim against the company.

Strengths:

Jane McCafferty QC
Has established a reputation for handling complex employment issues including multi-jurisdictional team moves, restrictive covenant enforcement and multiparty litigation. She regularly supports high-profile financial services clients through sophisticated injunctive relief applications. She also has experience advising on more traditional employment law matters, such as sex and race discrimination.
"She is brilliantly intelligent, has excellent analytical skills and a superb strategic approach." "She has an ideal mix of strengths: absolutely cutting analysis of the legal issues, but also a real fighter who is excellent on her feet."

Strengths:

Jen Coyne
Impressive junior who operates a highly respected employment practice spanning multiple areas. She is adept at cases involving discrimination, harassment, whistle-blowing and equal pay.
"She performs brilliantly with her seemingly instant grasp of complicated facts and her insightful advice." "She grasps complex matters very quickly, is exceptionally bright and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in the high-profile equal pay claim against Tesco.

Strengths:

Judy Stone
Advises both claimants and respondents across a wide range of employment matters, with particular focus on whistle-blowing and discrimination issues. She is a skilled litigator, handling complex employment cases at both tribunal and appellate levels. She also has experience of cases with an international element.
"She's a tenacious advocate with good strategic skills; she's incredibly bright and very accessible." "Incredibly clever in the way she cuts through the legal issues, and is also very client-friendly" "A fantastic technical lawyer."
Recent work: Represented five individual defendants in SFB v Gopsall Services, defending them against applications which sought to enforce post-termination restrictions. The judge rejected the applications in their entirety.

Strengths:

Julian Milford QC
Offers valuable experience across issues including equal pay and industrial action. He typically acts for employers, including major entities in the private and public sectors.
"He's highly responsive and a pleasure to deal with; he has an exceptional ability to distil highly complex issues and is extremely practical." "He's incredibly knowledgeable."
Recent work: Acted for the BBC in a high-profile equal pay claim brought by news presenter Samira Ahmed.

Strengths:

Katherine Eddy
Accomplished employment barrister who is admired for her knowledge of discrimination and whistle-blowing cases, including those arising in the financial services sector. She is also well versed in restrictive covenant cases.
"She's very quick in mastering the brief and impressive as an advocate." "She's extremely knowledgeable and very good at thinking tactically."

Strengths:

Marcus Pilgerstorfer QC
Handles a wide employment practice but is particularly known for his expertise in all types of discrimination claims. He is instructed by individuals, financial institutions, SMEs and trade unions in connection with a wide variety of issues, including holiday pay, redundancy and strike action.
"He's simply outstanding: super clever, incredibly hard-working and very approachable." "He's very experienced and very knowledgeable."
Recent work: Acted for Community Based Care Health in an employment status appeal concerning whether an out-of-hours GP was a 'worker' for the purposes of holiday pay.

Strengths:

Michael Lee
Has an impressive employment law practice and is noted for his work on injunctive relief and restraint of trade matters. He has also appeared at both tribunal and appellate level on cases concerning discrimination and whistle-blowing. His clients hail from a variety of industry sectors including finance and education. He acts for both claimants and defendants.
"He is hugely responsive, practical and very accommodating. A hard worker, whose attention to detail is second  to none." "He is excellent to work with; incredibly responsive and all over the detail."
Recent work: Successfully represented one of the defendants in Alesco Risk Management Services and Others v Bishopgate Insurance Brokers and Others, a team move conspiracy claim.

Strengths:

Nigel Porter
Frequently represents clients in claims for discrimination, harassment, unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing, accepting instructions from both individuals and employers.
"Brilliantly responsive and has great judgement." "He's very experienced and highly knowledgeable."
Recent work: Represented Andrea Pirie, a former senior finance officer at Unilever, in a whistle-blowing claim against the firm, which involved consideration of the applicability of Jhuti loss.

Strengths:

Patrick Halliday
Handles complex discrimination, whistle-blowing and mass litigation cases for a range of clients, primarily in the financial services sector. He is experienced in both High Court and Employment Tribunal cases.
"He's impressive in his attention to detail and his ability to get on top of the facts and issues quickly." "He's a brilliant barrister with a ferociously insightful mind, who is enormously client-friendly and reassuringly calm at all times."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Curless v Shell International, a disability discrimination and victimisation claim which became an important case on the iniquity test in legal privilege, since the claim relied in part upon evidence from legal correspondence.

Strengths:

Richard Leiper QC
An impressive advocate who operates a broad employment practice. He acts for both claimants and defendants and has particular expertise in difficult restrictive covenant issues and high-profile discrimination and dismissal claims.
"He's an absolutely outstanding advocate." "He's just brilliant: clever, very responsive, very pragmatic and fantastic in court."
Recent work: Successfully defended Stobart Group against a claim brought by its former CEO Andrew Tinkler, who was dismissed after criticising the board and attempting to oust the chairman. The High Court found that he had acted in breach of his duties.

Strengths:

Ronnie Dennis
Highly regarded junior who regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal and High Court. He has notable experience in cases involving equal pay, harassment, discrimination and TUPE.
"He's an excellent all-round barrister; he's very commercial, gives a pragmatic view and is very impressive on his feet." "He's very bright, very helpful and has a very quick turnaround of work."
Recent work: Acted for the University of London in R (Independent Workers Union of Great Britain) v Central Arbitration Committee, a judicial review concerning the worker status of workers employed by an agency but based at the university, and their collective bargaining rights.

Strengths:

Seán Jones QC
Renowned among peers and clients alike for his robust style of advocacy and extensive employment law knowledge, particularly in relation to discrimination. He is regularly instructed in highly complex employment cases, handling everything from unfair dismissal cases to holiday pay and equal pay matters, as well as cases examining workers' rights to the national minimum wage.
"He's a first-choice employment silk - he has encyclopedic knowledge and is utterly dependable. It's almost difficult to see why you would go elsewhere." "He is very good at seeing the bigger picture and focusing on strategy."
Recent work: Acted as lead counsel for the claimants who brought a major equal pay claim against Tesco.

Strengths:

Simon Devonshire QC
Handles commercially sensitive employment law issues, has established himself as a notable advocate for restrictive covenant and confidentiality issues, and is experienced in acting before the High Court. His practice is strengthened by his knowledge of whistle-blowing, discrimination, equal pay and TUPE disputes. He can boast an impressive roster of clients from the financial services sector.
"He's incredibly hard-working and gets to grips with complex matters with astounding ease." "He is a fantastic tactician and has the ability to manage the most complex factual matrix in a case."
Recent work: Represented Citibank in successfully resisting Mr Sattar's appeal against the rejection of his disability discrimination claim by both the ET and the EAT.

Strengths:

Simon Forshaw
Admired for his impressive advocacy style, he has a strong reputation for his restrictive covenant and High Court litigation work. He has a developing commercial aspect to his employment practice, assisting clients in disputes involving various allegations, including breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and breach of contract. He has notable recent experience acting in major whistle-blowing and unfair dismissal claims.
"He's very practical, responsive and has a wealth of experience." "He's immensely hard-working and approachable, and always remains calm and composed under pressure."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel for Essex Police in a test case determining the lawfulness of certain provisions of the Police Pensions Regulations relating to the availability of widows' pensions.

Strengths:

Sophie Belgrove
Recognised for bringing a commercial slant to her employment work, Belgrove is regularly instructed in high-profile discrimination and whistle-blowing matters. She is accustomed to handling technically complex cases and is regularly instructed by clients in the financial services and media sectors.
"She's an exceptionally strong barrister - the first choice for really complex discrimination, equal pay and whistle-blowing cases." "She prepares meticulously for her cases, is a tenacious cross-examiner and has excellent client care skills."
Recent work: Acted for the respondents in a £200 million whistle-blowing claim brought by the founder and former director of a major international healthcare company.

Strengths:

Thomas Ogg
Recognised for his considerable expertise in matters at the intersection of financial services regulation and employment law. He is regularly called upon for his experience in complex whistle-blowing cases.
"He's incredibly perceptive, very bright and gets the job done; he's a go-to on very technical matters."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant company in Your Golf Travel v Lewis Remington, a case concerning allegations of conspiracy and misuse of confidential information.

Strengths:

Tom Cross
Skilled employment junior who has a broad range of expertise across an array of complementary practice areas. He is particularly notable for his work in discrimination and whistle-blowing matters, and has notable recent experience acting in major 'gig economy' cases.
"He's really impressive and very easy to deal with." "He has a really sensible approach and is very supportive when the client is inexperienced and nervous about the proceedings."
Recent work: Acted for Christ Church College, Oxford, in proceedings relating to Martyn Percy, the former dean, who was alleged to have improperly pursued an issue of his own pay.

Strengths:

Zac Sammour
Recognised for his experience in high-profile cases, particularly those involving executives in financial services and other high-paying industries. He is proficient in notable whistle-blowing and team move cases, and a range of other complex issues.
"He does an excellent job and is very bright." "He's a superb barrister, who gets up to speed very quickly with the issues in the case and has a very thorough, detailed knowledge of the law."
Recent work: Appeared before the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the construction of a term in an employment contract which provided a successful fund manager with the right to take over the management of a multibillion-pound asset management fund on termination of his employment.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Employment


Aileen McColgan QC
New Silks
Anya Proops QC
Band 4
Christopher Jeans QC
Star Individuals
Clive Sheldon QC
Band 3
Daniel Stilitz QC
Band 1
Jane McCafferty QC
Band 3