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9 St John Street

Employment

10 ranked barristersBand 1Northern (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table

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Widely acknowledged as a leading employment set on the Northern Circuit, 9 St John Street is regularly instructed to handle the most sensitive employment issues faced by clients including NHS trusts, local authorities and others. Matters handled by the set include complex discrimination and TUPE claims, with individuals acting on behalf of both employers and employees. Some members are additionally sought out for representation in contractual and 'commercial' employment law claims, involving restrictive covenants or injunctions. The barristers are also active in relation to union matters.

Client service:

"The clerking service is excellent. The clerks are reliable, quick to respond and flexible. They regularly ask for feedback, which is genuinely taken on board." Tony Morrissey is the senior civil clerk.

Strengths:

Amy Smith
Has an emerging practice with a particular focus on disability discrimination. She practises across the entire country at Employment Tribunal and also has experience of advocacy before the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Smith often represents public bodies such as NHS trusts and local authorities but has also represented private employers, as well as employees.
"She is knowledgeable, thorough and easy to work with."
Recent work: Represented the respondent in Leader v Bolton City Council, an appeal where the claimant argued, following the case of Sandwell, that an employer could not dismiss an employee for gross misconduct while relying on several aggregated instances of misconduct.

Strengths:

Edward Morgan QC
As an active advocate in the Employment Tribunal and High Court, Morgan has a diverse employment practice. His experience in commercial law gives him a particular focus on restrictive covenants, shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duties claims and pension-related issues.
"He is very intelligent and hard-working." "He has a very high-profile practice and is the go-to man for large organisations. " "He has shown stamina and commitment to getting the client to the best possible position." "Superb and in-depth knowledge of employment and regulatory law. Excellent with clients and a top-class advocate." 
Recent work: Acted in relation to a claim brought by post-graduate trainee doctor, concerning an NHS trust's alleged failure to make reasonable adjustments following diagnosis of hypersensitivity to latex.

Strengths:

Joanne Connolly
Has cultivated a reputation for her expertise in disability discrimination claims but is also notably experienced in unfair dismissal, whistle-blowing and equal pay claims. She is instructed by clients from a variety of sectors, including local authorities, educational institutions, corporate bodies and the NHS.
"She has an excellent reputation across the board." "She has razor-sharp attention to detail. She is commercial in her approach and she always has the client's objective in mind." "She is excellent. She inspires confidence in clients and absolutely nails the detail of cases."

Strengths:

Lena Amartey
Draws accolades for her successful employment advocacy on behalf of both claimants and respondents. She handles a wide range of issues including claims of whistle-blowing, discrimination and unlawful deduction from wages.
"She is very client-friendly and determined."

Strengths:

Louise Quigley
Esteemed junior who is capable of handling a variety of employment matters, and particularly adept in whistle-blowing and maternity discrimination cases. She acts for both claimants and respondents.
"She is tremendously impressive."
Recent work: Successfully defended Ongo Homes in claims for unfair dismissal and breach of TUPE obligations, brought by two former directors of the charity.

Recent work:

Nigel Grundy
Handles the full range of employment disputes for a variety of clients including NHS trusts, businesses, local authorities and clients from the education sector. He has experience of appearing in court at all levels, including the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the High Court.
Successfully defended the respondent in Taheri v Aprite (GB), a case concerning multiple discrimination claims.

Strengths:

Paul Gilroy QC
Has wide-ranging experience in the field of employment law and is well versed in complex cases in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court. He is especially knowledgeable about employment issues in the sports industry and is highly regarded for his expertise in sports-related litigation and regulatory matters.
"He has gravitas and he is tenacious on his feet." "He is absolutely first-class. He is our go-to barrister. He is accessible, sensible and a very strong advocate."
Recent work: Defended Saracens rugby club against multiple claims by a former player who alleged, amongst other things, that he was wrongfully forced into retirement.

Strengths:

Rachel Wedderspoon
Highly regarded for her knowledge of discrimination claims, Wedderspoon is frequently instructed on behalf of police authorities, trade unions and NHS trusts. She specialises in disability discrimination and whistle-blowing cases. She also acts as an Employment Judge.
"Rachel is fantastic with clients. She is incredibly knowledgeable and a persuasive advocate. She has the ability to manage client’s expectations but also remain positive in doing so."
Recent work: Represented a claimant in a race discrimination and victimisation multi-day case against Stockport MBC.

Rebecca Eeley
Widely respected for her ability to handle complex discrimination cases. Her practice also deals with matters relating to unfair dismissal, TUPE, whistle-blowing and equal pay.

Strengths:

Stefan Brochwicz-Lewinski
Has a wealth of experience in many areas of employment law and is well regarded for his knowledge of TUPE, whistle-blowing and unfair dismissal issues, as well as his ability to seamlessly handle complex discrimination and equal pay claims.
"Very easy to do business with."

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Silks (QC)

Northern (Bar)

Employment


Edward Morgan QC
New Silks
Paul Gilroy QC
Band 1

Juniors

Northern (Bar)

Employment


Amy Smith
Up and Coming
Joanne Connolly
Band 1
Lena Amartey
Band 3
Louise Quigley
Band 1