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3 ranked barristersBand 2North Eastern (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Houses well-respected employment law specialists with notable expertise in discrimination, whistle-blowing and harassment cases. They are deeply experienced in matters taking place in the tribunals and above. A recent example of impressive work undertaken is the case of Gan Menachem Nursery v De Groen, an important case on religious belief discrimination.

Client service:

"The clerks are friendly, responsive and reliable." Neil Wright leads practice management.

Strengths:

Alfred Weiss
Accepts instructions from across the employment law spectrum, including those with whistle-blowing, TUPE and discrimination issues. He acts for both governmental and private sector clients.
"His cross-examination is excellent – he cut the claimant's case off at the knees. He is also very reassuring with clients."
Recent work: Successfully represented an employee in a claim for indirect discrimination on the grounds that the requirement to be in the office five days a week was discriminatory against women, who are more likely to be primary carers for children.

Strengths:

Ashley Serr
Possesses an enviable employment law practice in which he tackles many of the more cutting-edge issues in the field. He has recently developed expertise in areas including the National Minimum Wage and religious belief discrimination.
"His advice is brilliantly sharp and strategic." "His main strength is his ability to grasp the nuts and bolts of a case and really make a great presentation of it in tribunal."
Recent work: Acted for an Orthodox Jewish nursery school in an interesting case concerning a teacher who was dismissed because her private life arrangements were held to be incompatible with the school's religious ethos. The EAT established that a religious discrimination claim could not succeed because the dismissal involved the religious belief of the employer, not the employee.

Strengths:

Paul Kirtley
A respected advocate in employment law, among other areas. He has a store of experience handling litigious matters across the scale, including discrimination, public interest disclosures, data protection and disciplinary cases, for his public sector clients, which include the NHS, police and local authorities. He also offers specialist services in mediation.
"Really experienced, and confident and calm in his approach. You really feel in safe hands when you're working with him." "He is an excellent and persuasive advocate. His client skills are unparalleled on the Northern Circuit."

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Oxford House

Oxford Row

Leeds

West Yorkshire

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LS1 3BE

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North Eastern (Bar)

Employment


Alfred Weiss
Band 2
Ashley Serr
Band 2
Paul Kirtley
Band 2