Employment Department

London (Bar)
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Deeply experienced in high-profile employment disputes, including matters with crossover tax implications. Members exhibit considerable expertise in cases involving restrictive covenants, industrial relations, TUPE, the National Minimum Wage, discrimination and whistle-blowing. Recent cases include the Royal Mail Christmas 2019 strike injunction, and an important case on the application of the National Minimum Wage to sleep-in care shifts.

Client service: "Their client care filters right the way through the chambers, from the QCs to the clerks. The clerks are very responsive, very friendly and go out of their way to help." "They are the most responsive, understanding and user-friendly clerks at the employment Bar." The practice management is led by chambers director Vince Plant.

Akash Nawbatt QC

Dedicated silk who handles discrimination, worker status and whistle-blowing cases at all court levels, including the High Court and the Court of Appeal. He is regularly instructed by large banking clients and government institutions.
Strengths: "He's very good on complex legal arguments, innovative in his approach and has in-depth knowledge." "He's seriously outstanding in tax and employment crossover cases."
Recent work: Successfully acted for HMRC in a case considering the new Managed Service Company legislation, affecting employment status and IR35.

Alice Carse

Respected junior notable for her expertise across a range of employment matters, and a particular specialism in industrial relations matters.
Strengths: "She's very smart, tenacious in cross-examination and always on top of her brief." "She's calm, measured, sharp and insightful."
Recent work: Represented Birmingham City Council in a High Court application for interim injunction against two trade unions to stop a city-wide bin collection strike.

Alice Mayhew

An experienced courtroom and tribunal advocate who is highly knowledgeable in matters involving restrictive covenants and contractual rights. She also handles an increasing amount of whistle-blowing litigation.
Strengths: "Fiercely intelligent, brilliant and persuasive." "Really superb - a pleasure to work with, responsive and really 'on it'."
Recent work: Acted in Secarma and Others v Denneny and Others, a Court of Appeal case on springboard injunctions.

Andrew Burns QC

Advises clients on a broad range of employment matters, with a focus on industrial disputes and notable experience of whistle-blowing and discrimination issues. He often acts for major private sector employers.
Strengths: "He is go-to for industrial relations issues; he is very client-friendly and forensic in his analysis." "He is pragmatic, technically excellent and easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Network Rail Infrastructure in Network Rail v Crawford, overturning an EAT decision against Network Rail under the Working Time Regulations, and establishing that the employer could provide workers with several mini breaks totalling 20 minutes rather than one 20-minute break.

Bruce Carr QC

A skilful advocate, widely recognised for his unbeatable expertise in industrial relations and trade union matters. He is also highly proficient in whistle-blowing and discrimination cases.
Strengths: "He's a really strong advocate; incredibly clever and absolutely the person you want to have on your side." "He's a fantastically persuasive advocate with a wealth of knowledge of trade union-related issues. An absolute star for industrial relations work and very easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Royal Mail Group in an injunction application relating to industrial action proposed by the CWU, which was set to disrupt the 2019 general election as well as the Christmas post.

Christopher Stone

Runs a balanced employment practice, acting for employers, employees and trade unions. He has experience in a plethora of employment law matters including industrial relations disputes and discrimination claims. He has crossover knowledge of commercial and tax law.
Strengths: "He's sharp, hard-working and a very good tribunal advocate; he's engaging, easy to work with and committed to great client service." "He's very, very clever and very well prepared."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in Black v Foreign and Commonwealth Services, a disability discrimination and unfair dismissal claim. The claim relied on the employee's Asperger Syndrome, of which he was unaware when he was dismissed.

Georgia Hicks

Possesses a thorough understanding of a broad array of employment law issues. She is an expert in claims of discrimination or unfair dismissal, as well as cases with tax elements.
Strengths: "She is thorough, has a quick and excellent grasp of the issues and a great manner with clients."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the respondent in Guray v William Hill, a case of automatic unfair dismissal and pregnancy and maternity discrimination.

Georgina Hirsch

Frequently called upon by both claimants and respondents to handle a broad range of employment disputes. Her past experience as an in-house solicitor at a union contributes significantly to her expertise in industrial relations matters.
Strengths: "She's very good at getting to grips with the case, and is pragmatic and unflappable." "She brings a really good practical element to trade union matters."
Recent work: Acted for British Airways in a breach of contract and unlawful deduction of wages claim.

Kate Balmer

Represents high-profile employers, including government departments and large banking institutions, in all manner of employment matters, with specific focus on issues involving tax complications. Her cases concern a variety of issues including alleged discrimination and whistle-blowing.
Strengths: "Always fully prepared and her cross-examination is excellent." "She's very client-friendly and extremely bright and hard-working."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the House of Commons in defending a race discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal. The respondent was successful in defending all claims.

Laura Bell

Experienced barrister with a wide-ranging employment practice, bolstered by her personal injury law knowledge. She is particularly respected for her advocacy in discrimination cases. She often acts for clients from the financial services sector.
Strengths: "She is superb at getting to grips with a case quickly and distilling the issues in a way that has an eye on the client's commercial and pragmatic priorities." "She is client-friendly, masters the detail and is a forceful cross-examiner."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in Dr Emma Lahert v Proteome Sciences and Others, a complex sex, pregnancy and maternity discrimination claim and TUPE claim.

Lucinda Harris

Acts for high-profile employers from both the public and private sectors, including large hospitality clients and influential banking institutions. She has a wide-ranging employment practice, offering expert advice on unfair dismissal and discrimination issues, among other areas.
Strengths: "She provides very timely and helpful advice and is good on her feet." "She's absolutely outstanding."
Recent work: Appeared on behalf of Capita in a Court of Appeal case asking whether it was sex discrimination to pay men on shared parental leave at a lower rate than mothers on maternity leave.

Marianne Tutin

Well-regarded junior recognised for her experience in the tribunals and the High Court. She has excellent knowledge of strike injunctions, in addition to the full range of equality and discrimination matters.
Strengths: "She's a superb junior with in-depth knowledge and the ability to quickly get to grips with a case and achieve the client's commercial and strategic aims." "She's really approachable and responsive, and is able to distil a whole heap of information into a really good case."
Recent work: Represented the respondent in Loveland and Others v British Airways, a large holiday pay claim involving 22,000 employees.

Peter Edwards

Has a broad employment law practice, with extensive experience of High Court litigation and complex Employment Appeal Tribunal claims. He specialises in industrial relations work and is often instructed by high-profile trade unions. He also leverages his experience in personal injury litigation to tackle disability discrimination matters.
Strengths: "He is a supreme tactician and knows his law inside-out. He is down-to-earth, has an excellent rapport with clients, is always prepared to go the extra mile and quickly gets to the heart of the legal issues." "He's a great choice for employment and personal injury crossover claims."
Recent work: Represented the former Chief Executive Officer of the FICC Market Standards Board, defending whistle-blowing and unfair dismissal claims brought by the former Technical Adviser, Craig Beevers.

Talia Barsam

Manages an extensive employment law practice. She is especially skilled at handling whistle-blowing and remuneration claims, unfair dismissals, redundancies and TUPE issues. She has vast experience acting for clients in the financial and healthcare sectors.
Strengths: "She is a very effective cross-examiner and impresses with her ability to master detail quickly and effectively." "She's very responsive and client-focused, very accessible and knows her stuff."
Recent work: Represented the respondent in De Mello and Others v British Airways, a complex holiday pay claim.

Thomas Cordrey

Has established a strong employment practice, with notable expertise in complex TUPE issues and discrimination cases. He undertakes a significant amount of appellate advocacy.
Strengths: "He's very able, intelligent and tactical; he has very impressive advocacy skills and the ability to navigate complex technical legal arguments." "He's very sensitive to the client's needs and his advice is always clear and concise."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in Gould v St John's Downshire Hill, an unusual marriage discrimination case.

Timothy Brennan QC

Widely recognised for his strong tax knowledge, he is an established expert in employment law issues that have additional tax complications. He has extensive experience handling complex TUPE and remuneration disputes, especially those related to the national minimum wage. He often acts for large City clients and accountancy firms.
Strengths: "A brilliant, extremely clever barrister."
Recent work: Acted for Bath Hill Court Management Company in a case on the application of the National Minimum Wage to sleep-in care shifts.