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Employment

27 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Premium employment set acting in a wide range of complex cases including substantial discrimination, whistle-blowing, worker status and equal pay claims. Members frequently represent individuals and companies, as well as trade unions and public bodies, in the Employment Tribunal and up to the Supreme Court. They are also approached by government departments, charities and the Equality and Human Rights Commission to carry out investigations or reviews. Recent cases include representing the drivers in the Uber litigation over worker status, and acting for Tesco in the defence of a major equal pay claim.

Client service:

"The chambers is of a very high standard with responsive, knowledgeable, easy-to-get-hold-of clerks who get things done." "The clerking is really good; they are incredibly helpful and willing to go the extra mile." Glenn Hudson is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Adam Ohringer
Possesses notable experience of issues including worker status and difficult questions on potentially conflicting provisions in the Equality Act 2010. He is also a strong choice for everything from TUPE cases to whistle-blowing claims.
"He's down-to-earth, really bright and very responsive." "He is incredibly knowledgeable, able to distil all relevant information swiftly and provides practical and pragmatic advice; he is a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Represented a Girl Guides leader in Alcock v Girlguiding, a case concerning the definition of 'sex' under the Equality Act 2010. The dispute arose when the claimant was dismissed after she objected to a new policy on the admission of boys self-identifying as girls.

Strengths:

Akua Reindorf
Works primarily in highly complex discrimination cases, often representing trade unions and individuals before the appellate courts. She also has experience handling dismissal claims.
"A persuasive advocate who had the respect of the tribunal from the outset and who presented the case with a sense of balance and where necessary a certain dispassionate manner as well. She was good at taking the heat out of things."
Recent work: Acted for the British Transport Police in a whistle-blowing claim brought by an officer in its emergency response unit.

Strengths:

Anna Beale
Strong advocate with excellent experience before the tribunals and courts representing employers and individuals in complex discrimination and whistle-blowing cases. She also has experience dealing with equal pay disputes.
"She's absolutely fantastic: meticulously prepared, incredibly efficient and helpful, and always thinking about the strategy." "She's super bright and really easy to work with. Just brilliant."
Recent work: Instructed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission as a member of the counsel team investigating potential instances of unequal pay at the BBC.

Strengths:

Caroline Musgrave
Employment law specialist with strong knowledge of whistle-blowing, disability discrimination and parental rights disputes. She is regularly involved in cases concerning local authorities, the professional services and the armed forces. She is experienced in work before the High Court and beyond.
"First-class analytically and great when you've hundreds of pages of evidence to go through." "She's skilled in advocacy, helpful in preparation and has good client management skills."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in Islam v HSBC, an EAT case concerning the duty on the Employment Tribunal to ensure the right of a person with a disability to a fair hearing.

Strengths:

Caspar Glyn QC
Well-established silk recognised for his effective cross-examination and courtroom presence. He is admired for his industrial relations work, representing both employers and trade unions. He also has expertise relating to other matters, including discrimination and employee benefits.
"He's incredibly intelligent and a fantastic litigator." "He's a superb tactician."
Recent work: Acted in a successful appeal for London Borough of Lambeth against a High Court decision that its suspension of a teacher was such as to be a constructive dismissal.

Strengths:

Catherine Casserley
Widely recognised in the market as an expert in equality law, with a particular focus on disability discrimination. She has experience in other aspects of employment law, acting at all levels from tribunal to the Supreme Court.
"She's very well versed in discrimination law; she knows it like the back of her hand." "She's the guru on disability discrimination law."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Makkos v Spire Healthcare, a complex disability discrimination and whistle-blowing case considering whether a risk assessment could be a reasonable adjustment.

Strengths:

Chesca Lord
A skilled litigator who is deeply experienced in employment and equality law, including substantial discrimination claims. She has notable expertise in relation to part time workers and sleep-in shifts.
"Super bright, commercially focused in all her advice and a clever and tactically astute litigator. Also very easy to work with." "Produces super quality work."
Recent work: Acted as one of the team of counsel working on the Equality and Human Rights Commission investigation into suspected past pay discrimination against women at the BBC.

Strengths:

Chris Milsom
Has a broad practice, covering the full spectrum of employment and discrimination disputes, including cases concerning gender reassignment, race and age discrimination. He has also recently appeared in a number of whistle-blowing disputes and worker status claims.
"He's a fast-thinking, exceptional advocate who thinks outside the box." "Absolutely excellent in court."
Recent work: Acted for two former paratroopers who successfully brought complaints of racial harassment and race discrimination against the Ministry of Defence. A large-scale internal review followed this result.

Strengths:

Claire McCann
Has a wide practice spanning both employment and equality law issues, with expertise in discrimination claims and equal pay litigation. Her clients come from a range of industry sectors, including healthcare, aviation, banking and retail. She is adept in the handling of whistle-blowing claims.
"Her advocacy is a tour de force in discrimination claims." "She's totally across all the detail, has great client-handling skills, is extremely bright and exceptionally well prepared."
Recent work: Successfully defended Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in claims that Dr Althaf had been excluded from work and dismissed as a result of protected disclosures he made concerning rota safety.

Strengths:

Daniel Dyal
Has a solid employment and equality law practice and is highly sought after for advice on employment law matters with a regulatory aspect. He is regularly instructed by large employers and trade unions.
"He's an advocate who commands the respect and attention of the tribunal." "He's really helpful, good with clients and efficient."
Recent work: Acted for Balfour Beatty in its holiday pay litigation, defending numerous multiple claims brought by hundreds of claimants.

Strengths:

Daphne Romney QC
Concentrates her practice on discrimination and equal pay matters, with additional strengths in wrongful dismissal and breach of contract issues. She is also notable for her work handling whistle-blowing cases.
"Exceptional at equal pay cases." "A pleasure to watch in court or tribunal. She just cuts through brilliantly when the other side is being uncooperative or disruptive."
Recent work: Investigated allegations of sex discrimination and sexual harassment, on behalf of the British Medical Association.

Strengths:

Declan O'Dempsey
Has vast experience across the whole expanse of employment law. He is particularly recognised for his discrimination work and for his handling of equal pay and whistle-blowing claims, as well as cases considering the effects of mental health problems on employees.
"He put forward clear skeleton arguments and very clear submissions, and was able to get the judge onto his wavelength." "He knows the law really well."
Recent work: Acted for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in its intervention in a case concerning the approach the EAT should take when a mental health condition or other disability contributes to an appellant's failure to issue an appeal on time.

Strengths:

Dee Masters
Heads the employment group and has extensive knowledge regarding equal pay and discrimination issues, with a particular focus on age discrimination. She represents both employers and employees.
"A very strong advocate, who is determined and hard-working." "She's utterly brilliant - incredibly smart, has a wonderful manner with clients, cuts through complicated facts quickly with precision and is extremely effective on her feet."

Strengths:

Ed Williams QC
Skilled employment and discrimination law practitioner who is often instructed in appellate cases. He acts for employers and employees from a range of sectors including finance and education.
"He's unflappable, hard-working and extremely bright." "He is so down-to-earth and accomplished he makes everyone feel at ease; he's exceptional."
Recent work: Represented UCL in a case concerning the interplay between data protection law and a trade union's freedom to contact its members and potential members.

Strengths:

Jacques Algazy QC
A highly acclaimed advocate frequently sought out to act before the Employment Tribunal and the High Court. He has established himself as an expert in jurisdictional disputes and international employment matters, often advising on cross-border elements of team move cases and restrictive covenant enforcements. He advises both employers and senior employees in their claims. He also sits as a part-time employment judge.
"He's highly experienced and responsive." "Hard-working and extremely perceptive."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Randox Laboratories in a constructive unfair dismissal case.

Strengths:

Jason Galbraith-Marten QC
Acts across all aspects of employment law, advising clients from local government, media organisations and the motor industry. He is particularly well regarded for his work in disability discrimination cases, as well as matters concerning TUPE, and collective employment and worker status law.
"He has an encyclopedic knowledge of employment law and is very, very experienced." "He's very easy to deal with, really knows the employment status area and is a very strong advocate and strategist."
Recent work: Successfully represented Uber drivers in the EAT and Court of Appeal, in their litigation to establish they had worker status.

Strengths:

Jennifer Danvers
Has attracted attention for her ability in complex cases of discrimination, whistle-blowing, unfair dismissal and harassment. She represents claimants and respondents, including those in education and academia.
"She is absolutely superb. She is incredibly bright, has an amazing work ethic and takes on board even the tiniest details; she provides practical advice and innovative solutions." "She is a great strategist, who is always commercial, personable and client-focused."

Strengths:

Olivia-Faith Dobbie
Handles a far-reaching employment practice specialising in discrimination claims and working time disputes. She represents clients both at employment tribunals and in court.
"A fantastic advocate." "Very impressive - a winning combination of being very efficient but also a really nice person to deal with."

Strengths:

Paul Epstein QC
A talented advocate who handles high-profile employment cases at all levels of the judicial system. He has a strong reputation for working on discrimination issues but is also an authority in matters concerning equal pay and whistle-blowing.
"He's incredibly effective and an amazing communicator." "He's super to work with, very responsive and among the top equal pay barristers in the country."
Recent work: Acted for Tesco in the defence of a major equal pay claim with potential liabilities running into billions of pounds.

Strengths:

Paul Michell
Vastly experienced in employment law matters, but particularly focuses on wrongful dismissal and discrimination cases, with knowledge of restraint of trade and injunctive relief. He acts for a range of clients but has particular expertise in the education and sports sectors.
"He's hugely knowledgeable and hard-working, and offers exemplary client service." "He's very bright and very experienced."
Recent work: Acted for Greg Pytel in a whistle-blowing claim against Ofgem, where the employer argued that disclosures such as the one made by the claimant were illegal under the Utilities Act 2000.

Strengths:

Rachel Barrett
An impressive employment law junior who has made appearances in the highest courts in the land. She acts on behalf of both claimant and respondent clients and handles a wide range of matters including breach of contract, whistle-blowing and disability discrimination.
"She's incredibly thorough and perceptive, and has great client skills." "She navigates through tricky legal issues in a down-to-earth manner and puts everything into getting the right result for the client."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in Bilsbrough v Berry Marketing, successfully arguing that in order to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights, UK whistle-blowing law should be interpreted to prevent detrimental treatment of people who research or consider making protected disclosures.

Strengths:

Rachel Crasnow QC
Acts across the full gamut of employment law and has a particular aptitude for discrimination cases. She is often instructed by clients in the banking, media, healthcare and education sectors.
"She's very calm, very insightful and has a huge amount of experience." "She is really bright, tactical and good with clients; she's the all-round package."
Recent work: Acted for the BBC in the high-profile equal pay claim brought by Samira Ahmed.

Strengths:

Robin Allen QC
Considerably experienced and eminent silk, who frequently appears in the most significant employment litigation. He is well reputed for his impressive track record in the House of Lords and the Supreme Court, and is considered to be one of the best barristers around for discrimination cases. He has appeared in high-profile roles in the course of the long-running litigation over judges' pensions.
"A joy to work with and his breadth and depth of knowledge in employment law is encyclopedic." "Truly one of the absolutely outstanding discrimination silks." "A real doyen of equality law - he has a lively mind and his thinking is always ahead of the curve."
Recent work: Acted in Miller v Ministry of Justice, and O'Brien v Ministry of Justice: two cases which considered important questions relating to pension provision for part-time judges.

Strengths:

Sarah Fraser Butlin
Hugely skilled in trade union cases, including union recognition matters and questions of worker status.
"She's phenomenally able." "She's a good advocate: persuasive, clear and cogent."
Recent work: Acted for the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain in a judicial review challenging the Central Arbitration Committee’s decision to reject its recognition request.

Strengths:

Schona Jolly QC
Admired silk whose employment practice is bolstered by her human rights knowledge. She is a regular counsel for banking clients and trade unions, and has been instructed in one of the leading gig economy cases in the court system. She also handles complex discrimination claims. She has represented clients in the High Court and appellate courts.
"She is an extraordinary legal brain and strategist who brings passion and diligence to a case." "She's very good at getting to grips with the detail quickly, is superb at cross-examination and her submissions are excellent."
Recent work: Successfully brought a complex age discrimination and discriminatory dismissal claim for Niels Kirk, a senior energy investment banker and managing director, against his former employer Citibank.

Strengths:

Tom Brown
Highly experienced advocate who appears at tribunals and at all levels of the court system in all manner of employment disputes. He has sound knowledge of a variety of issues, including equality law, restrictive covenants and confidential information.
"He's hugely impressive. He has a formidable intellect, is very astute tactically and is a pleasure to work with." "Incredibly good with clients, down-to-earth and very responsive."
Recent work: Acted for HMRC in a case considering whether it was discriminatory on the basis of sex for the government to offer residential courses, on the grounds that these would put young mothers at a disadvantage.

Strengths:

Tom Coghlin QC
Handles employment law matters for an impressive selection of clients, including public bodies, banks, companies, charities and individuals. He is particularly skilled at dealing with discrimination and whistle-blowing issues.
"He is responsive, dynamic and clear in his advice. Extremely intelligent and approachable, and creative in the solutions and arguments he produces." "He is brilliantly incisive in his preparation, and very client-friendly."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the former Deputy General Secretary of the Commonwealth, Dr Josephine Ojiambo, in her claim against the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal held that the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, had acted unlawfully and for an improper purpose in not renewing Dr Ojiambo's contract.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Employment


Caspar Glyn QC
Band 2
Daphne Romney QC
Band 3
Ed Williams QC
Band 4
Jacques Algazy QC
Band 4
Jason Galbraith-Marten QC
Band 2
Paul Epstein QC
Band 1