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29 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Prominent employment set possessing superb capability covering high-end commercial employment work in addition to knotty worker status, discrimination and equal pay issues. It houses barristers who are skilled across the board, including in team moves, restrictive covenants, discrimination and whistle-blowing claims. Members routinely act on behalf of multinational companies and financial services clients, but also undertake pro-bono work for claimants. In recent months the barristers have appeared in the leading cases of Tillman v Egon Zehnder, on restrictive covenants, and Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake, on sleep-in shifts, as well as a number of legal firsts in the DIFC.

Client service:

"The clerking team is great; it is an excellent, top-class chambers and our go-to for big-ticket employment cases." "Nothing is ever too much trouble; you get a first-class service." Jason Drakeford is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Adam Solomon QC
Represents both employees and employers in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal. He is recognised for his expertise in post-employment litigation such as high-value team moves, restrictive covenant enforcement and confidential information issues.
"The go-to for restrictive covenants; he's technically excellent and as sharp as a knife." "Very impressive in court. He is incisive and really cuts through lots of information to get to a commercial outcome."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in Nadershahi v Cantor Fitzgerald Europe and Others, a multimillion-pound whistle-blowing claim.

Strengths:

Alexander Robson
Handles a swathe of employment matters in the High Court, including TUPE, discrimination, unfair dismissal, bonuses and restrictive covenants. His employment practice benefits from his strength in commercial law.
"He's an exceptional barrister with a remarkable knowledge of the law." "He's an incredibly bright, hard-working and clear strategic thinker."
Recent work: Acted for Trailfinders in a claim brought against a main competitor alleging the misuse of confidential information. The claim involved issues turning on employment status.

Strengths:

Antony Sendall
Considerably experienced barrister renowned for his knowledge of injunction and whistle-blowing cases. He handles other matters in addition, including dismissal and TUPE, and has both court and tribunal experience.
"He is highly knowledgeable about employment law." "He has the ability to absorb a huge amount of information and grasp the key points very quickly."
Recent work: Acted in Conlon v Ringway Infrastructure, a long-running and difficult case arising from a protected disclosure claim.

Strengths:

Carol Davis QC
Handles complex tribunal cases, focusing particularly on sensitive whistle-blowing and discrimination cases. She also has noted experience in cases relating to termination and pay.
"She's fantastic: absolutely calm, impressive and authoritative." "Very well organised and super responsive."
Recent work: Acted for RIAA Barker Gillette in defending a claim of sex discrimination and harassment brought by a partner and former head of department.

Strengths:

Charlene Ashiru
A strong advocate and a client-friendly barrister who enjoys a varied caseload which covers claims relating to discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing.
"She knows the law inside out and is formidable on her feet. She is a real pleasure to work with, and extremely reliable." "She is very clear, very proactive and extremely commercial."

Strengths:

Charlotte Davies
Runs a successful employment practice that intersects with commercial law. She specialises in High Court proceedings relating to restrictive covenants, unlawful competition and business protection. She also handles more traditional employment law matters such as dismissal and discrimination claims. She often advises clients from the financial services sector.
"She's extremely helpful and excellent to work with." "Excellent with clients and a tenacious advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the University of Law in a discrimination claim brought by a student. The case required close consideration of Section 54 of the Equality Act 2010.

Strengths:

Chris Quinn
A seasoned practitioner who is regularly instructed in highly acrimonious and complex employment disputes. He provides forensic expertise in matters relating to breach of duty, dishonesty, restrictive covenants and whistle-blowing.
"He's a hard-working and well-prepared barrister and an excellent advocate." "He's a very dynamic barrister who provides clear and commercial advice."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the defence in S Cartwright & Sons v Pollock and Others, a claim to enforce restrictive covenants and for a springboard injunction.

Strengths:

Dale Martin QC
Well versed in complex and high-value multi-claimant litigation, and has a growing reputation in injunctive and appellate proceedings. He also has experience of claims relating to holiday pay, and has acted in high-profile cases relating to equal pay.
"He's incredibly bright, has fantastic attention to detail and is very hands-on." "He gets straight to the point and doesn't give in."
Recent work: Represented Sainsbury's in a Court of Appeal hearing in the supermarkets equal pay litigation. The Court provided guidance on the rules governing mass claims.

Strengths:

Daniel Tatton Brown QC
Impressive silk who centres his practice on employee competition litigation, tribunal claims and appellate work in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal. He has knowledge of a raft of different issues including discrimination, whistle-blowing, collective labour law and redundancy.
"He's hard-working, strategic and highly effective." "He's superb: a great tactician and a very calm barrister."
Recent work: Acted for the six individual defendants in Chess Group v Henderson and Others, a team move case.

Strengths:

David Reade QC
Hugely respected silk with expertise that spans the gamut of employment law. His prowess includes TUPE, restrictive covenants, discrimination and employment status cases. He is known for leading landmark disputes in the UK and across Europe, including those which intersect with partnership and pensions law, as well as those considering the entitlement to minimum wage in various contexts.
"His expertise is second-to-none and he really gets to grips with the issues with ease and sees a way through the most difficult and complex issues." "He is just - wow. When everyone is in a flap he comes in and everything is calm. Clients love him. He really is the go-to person when you've got a fiendishly difficult problem."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in the Supreme Court case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake, the leading case on the application of the National Minimum Wage to sleep-in care shifts.

Strengths:

Edward Kemp
Offers cross-disciplinary expertise in employment, commercial and professional negligence matters. He is commended for his deft handling of whistle-blowing cases. His practice is international in scope, and his domestic practice has seen him in courts of all levels up to the Supreme Court.
"He thinks clearly and strategically, and has in-depth knowledge." "He's extremely responsive, thorough and good at thinking outside the box."
Recent work: Defended in Khalifa v S.W.I.F.T., the first ever whistle-blowing claim to be heard by DIFC.

Strengths:

Gavin Mansfield QC
Highly regarded silk known for his injunctive work, handling high-profile restraint of trade and team move cases in the High Court. He has noted expertise in representing clients in the professional services, financial services and insurance sectors.
"He's an incisive cross-examiner and an excellent tactician; he's a pleasure to work with." "For complex team move litigation his understated advocacy delivers excellent results for clients; he is an awesome advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Alesco Risk Management Services in its team move claim against Bishopsgate Insurance Brokers.

Strengths:

Georgina Leadbetter
Accomplished junior who is able to boast wide expertise in substantial employment cases up to the Supreme Court. She is skilled in handling discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.
"She has a very sharp intellect and excellent drafting skills." "She is a superb barrister."
Recent work: Acted in the Supreme Court case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake, a leading authority on the remuneration for sleep-in care shifts in the context of the National Minimum Wage.

Strengths:

Grahame Anderson
Respected advocate who is well versed in discrimination claims, high-value team move litigation, and legally complex cases involving issues such as immigration status.
"He's brilliant at cross-examination and great with clients; he's the all-round package." "He's exceptionally bright and his work is sensational."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Alesco Risk Management Services and Others v Bishopsgate Insurance Brokers and Others, a team move dispute between two rival insurance brokers.

Strengths:

James Bickford Smith
A good choice for employment cases at the commercial end of the spectrum, such as disputes over restrictive covenants. He has appeared in High Court trials relating to a range of matters including TUPE and bonus disputes.
"He's a pleasure to work with, grasps issues quickly and is prepared to work extremely hard to deliver the required output." "He's commercial, supportive and adds great value."
Recent work: Appeared for the defendants in the first team move case to be litigated in the DIFC, arising from a claim brought by ED&F Man.

Strengths:

James Wynne
Practises across the full spectrum of employment matters, including discrimination, collective labour law, and contractual and team move disputes. He has significant experience in cases concerning strike action.
"He's a highly intelligent barrister with an impressive grasp of detail and the facts." "He's delightful to work with, and has a very calm style of advocacy."

Strengths:

Jeremy Lewis
Employment barrister who frequently engages in leading whistle-blowing claims and transfers of undertakings. He also has notable experience with issues of unfair dismissal, equal pay and garden leave.
"He's very knowledgeable and great to work with." "He's a very bright barrister."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Ibrahim v HCA International, a successful appeal against the decision of the ET and EAT to reject a whistle-blowing claim. The case provided the second opportunity for the Court of Appeal to consider the public interest test in such claims.

Strengths:

John Mehrzad QC
Recognised for his sporting and employment practice, which sees him representing senior executives and notable sporting figures in complex issues requiring in-depth industry knowledge. He frequently appears in the High Court and Court of Appeal on business and financial matters in the employment space. He receives praise for his work on injunction and business protection matters.
"He's extremely bright and personable, an absolute pleasure to work with and a go-to in high-stakes litigation." "He is helpful and extremely bright, he gets to the issues quickly and his depth of knowledge is unrivalled."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Muller UK, defending a claim of constructive unfair dismissal and discrimination brought by its former managing director.

Strengths:

Jonathan Cohen QC
A reliable silk who focuses his practice on complex issues of fiduciary duties and serious fraud. Sources also consider him to be a go-to advocate for restraint of trade issues and injunctive work.
"He's a powerfully persuasive advocate and gets excellent results." "He's a formidable advocate with a strong practice in restraint of trade."
Recent work: Acted for a former partner of Moore Stephens in a claim for age discrimination, based on the application of a mandatory retirement age of 60.

Strengths:

Lucy Bone
Represents corporate and financial services clients in a range of employment issues. Her cases often contain crossover issues relating to other practice areas such as IP, partnership and company law. She frequently acts in cases concerning team moves and restrictive covenants.
"She's an excellent junior who is known for her expertise in restrictive covenants and confidentiality obligations." "She has excellent client-handling skills and goes above and beyond to assist the client."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Abildgaard v IFM Investors, a claim for sexual harassment and constructive dismissal. Argued the novel point that there is an implied contractual duty on employers to take reasonable steps to prevent harassment.

Strengths:

Lydia Banerjee
Has amassed an impressive body of experience across a number of cutting-edge employment law issues, including worker status. In addition, she is able to skilfully handle everything from discrimination claims to breach of contract and restrictive covenant cases.
"She's an extremely able and effective advocate, who is very responsive and a pleasure to work with. Her written advice is thorough and very carefully considered." "She is extremely good on her feet, inhales the details of a case and lets nothing get past her."
Recent work: Acted for Jessica Varnish in a claim against British Cycling for sex discrimination and unfair dismissal. For the claim to succeed it was necessary to convince the tribunals that the cyclist had employee status.

Strengths:

Martin Fodder
Experienced practitioner who is highly praised for his expertise in whistle-blowing cases, having written a leading textbook on the subject. He is also known for his TUPE and discrimination work, and regularly receives instructions from notable public bodies.
"He has an excellent grasp of detail, is very helpful to work with and is especially strong on whistle-blowing." "He works extraordinarily hard and is extraordinarily bright."
Recent work: Acted for the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis in a whistle-blowing claim brought by a Detective Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police.

Strengths:

Matthew Sheridan
Predominantly involved in disputes relating to unlawful competition and business protection matters, but also deals with more traditional employment law matters such as whistle-blowing and discrimination.
"He's a meticulous and highly intelligent lawyer with excellent client-handling skills." "He's very hard-working and has a fine mind. He has developed a specialism in team moves."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Secarma v Forse and Others, a large-scale team move case involving a group of senior managers who sold their company to the claimant and then allegedly conspired with a competitor to move there following the sale.

Strengths:

Ming-Yee Shiu
Recognised for her technical expertise in employment, as well as her complementary commercial practice which often sees her in cases involving board members or senior executives of large organisations. She focuses mainly on injunctive relief and restrictive covenant matters and has experience of advocating in the High Court.
"She's very intelligent, has really excellent judgement and is a superb advocate." "She's responsive, very user-friendly and has excellent attention to detail."
Recent work: Represented the appellant employer before the Court of Appeal in a long running case arising from claims for constructive unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and equal pay.

Strengths:

Mohinderpal Sethi QC
Frequently acts for some of the biggest clients in the financial services industry. He is particularly knowledgeable about restrictive covenants and specialises in complex international business protection litigation in the context of restraint of trade and team moves.
"He works extraordinarily hard and is terrifically bright." "He's an absolutely fantastic advocate and very personable."
Recent work: Acted for Khalid Basfar, a Saudi diplomat, in an EAT appeal concerning the effect of diplomatic immunity on an employment claim made by a domestic servant.

Strengths:

Niran de Silva QC
Utilises his experience as a derivatives broker to handle high-value employment conflicts relating to whistle-blowing, discrimination and restrictive covenants in the financial services sector. He has additional knowledge of multi-claimant equal pay litigation and is noted for his experience representing police forces in various matters.
"He unearths arguments that no other lawyer would; he's brighter than the sun."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in the Supreme Court case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake, the leading case on the application of the National Minimum Wage to sleep-in care shifts.

Strengths:

Sam Neaman
Acts for major businesses and government clients in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, particularly in commercial and injunction employment matters. He also has a recognised specialism in medical employment cases.
"He is hugely knowledgeable and experienced, highly responsive and tactically astute." "He is ferociously bright, technically excellent and a consummate advocate; he's a real pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Represented a leading plastic surgeon who brought a whistle-blowing claim against Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Strengths:

Selwyn Bloch QC
An industry-leading specialist on restrictive covenant, restraint of trade and confidentiality, who has authored a textbook that is cited in the courts. His international practice sees him acting as lead counsel to clients in the financial services sector in significant team move litigation, particularly when matters overlap with US jurisdictions.
"He has great knowledge and experience of restrictive covenants and gives good, clear and pragmatic advice." "He is a master of all things concerning restrictive covenants."

Strengths:

Sophia Berry
Admired for her employment practice before the tribunals and the High Court. She has a strong command of commercial employment matters as well as equality law.
"She is a pleasure to deal with; thorough, thoughtful and excellent with clients." "She has a practice well ahead of her year of call."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in Kilner v The Whitgift Foundation, a discrimination claim involving difficult questions on the approach to an employee who had terminated a pregnancy.

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