Matrix Chambers

Employment Department

London (Bar)
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An excellent choice for everything from tribunal cases to Supreme Court litigation, covering high-profile equal pay, discrimination and whistle-blowing claims. Members are regularly instructed by individuals and clients across a range of sectors including the public sector and financial services. Recent highlights include successfully representing Samira Ahmed in her equal pay claims against the BBC, and acting for the claimant in Gilham v Ministry of Defence, the leading Supreme Court case on whistle-blowing protection for judges.

Client service: "The clerks are very friendly and attentive; in particular Alison Scanes, the senior practice manager, is hard-working, always personable and able to help out." "Their clerks are the best around - they're so responsive."


Andrew Smith

Guides clients through complex Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court cases. He has notable expertise in bonus disputes and other contractual issues, mainly acting for clients in the financial services sector.
Strengths: "He's technically and strategically excellent." "He is really good to work with and he's always available. He gets to grips with the case very quickly, is very bright and a really good advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in Afrifa v Goldman Sachs, a disability discrimination and victimisation claim brought by a financial services analyst who claimed alleged failings on the part of his employer had led to a £10 million loss of earnings in the course of his career.


Claire Darwin

Highly experienced advocate who is well known for her strength in discrimination cases and claims concerning TUPE. She has also worked in numerous important cases relating to pay progression and equal pay. Her employment law practice is bolstered by her knowledge of education law.
Strengths: "She is absolutely phenomenal in the way she's always on top of the detail and the law." "She's very forensic, pragmatic and client-friendly. She has a sharp intellect and produces effective advocacy."
Recent work: Successfully represented Samira Ahmed in the high-profile trial of her equal pay claims against the BBC.


James Laddie QC

Widely reputed for his discrimination and whistle-blowing work, while also providing expert guidance in appellate cases and litigation in the High Court. Peers and clients profess admiration for his advocacy skills.
Strengths: "He is a brilliant advocate and is impressive in his ability to identify all of the nuances in a case in a short period of time." "He is absolutely terrific and an absolute star in big whistle-blowing and discrimination cases; he knows the papers inside out, is a devastating cross-examiner and great to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in Afrifa v Goldman Sachs, a disability discrimination and victimisation claim brought by a financial services analyst who claimed the alleged failings had led to a £10 million loss of earnings in the course of his career.


Karon Monaghan QC

Regarded as the leading barrister for equality issues and discrimination claims. She represents individuals, charities, trade unions and NGOs, appearing at all tiers of the judicial system including the Supreme Court. She has recently been instructed in a string of precedent-setting disputes, including those relating to tribunal fees and worker status.
Strengths: "She's a fantastic advocate: she knows discrimination law inside-out and is always incredibly persuasive." "Superb for anything in equality law."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Gilham v Ministry of Defence, in which the Supreme Court determined that excluding judges and office holders from whistle-blowing protection was a breach of their human rights.


Laura Prince

Has a far-reaching practice advising employers, employees and governmental bodies on all aspects of employment law, including equal pay and discrimination claims. She is additionally recognised for her proficiency in wrongful dismissal and redundancy matters.
Strengths: "She's very thorough and very practical." "She's fabulous: she obtains great results and is extremely commercial, helpful and responsive."
Recent work: Acted for Ivy Okedina in a Court of Appeal case concerning the principle of contractual illegality in employment claims involving illegal workers.


Mark Greaves

Respected advocate who has excellent knowledge across a variety of issues including TUPE and discrimination. He is notable for his expertise in working time matters.
Strengths: "He's highly analytical, personable and very easy to work with." "He does a very good job and gets to grips with a complex case very quickly."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers v Lloyd, an appeal in an age discrimination case.


Mathew Purchase

Acts for employees, employers and trade unions across a wide range of employment law issues, representing clients in the High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal. He is well regarded by clients for his work in relation to discrimination and collective labour law, among other matters. He is a member of the Attorney General's A Panel.
Strengths: "He is the best cross-examiner, and incredibly clever." "He's a very effective advocate and produces high-quality submissions, both written and oral."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant care home operators in Beal and Others v Avery Homes and Others, a large claim for equal pay between predominantly female care workers and predominantly male maintenance workers.


Nathan Roberts

Esteemed junior who is well versed in cases in the EAT, the senior courts and the Supreme Court. He is commended for his understanding of discrimination and whistle-blowing cases.
Strengths: "He's very client-friendly and produces very persuasive advocacy." "He's sharp, responsive, thorough in his preparation and quick on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant school in Harpur Trust v Brazel, a case in the Court of Appeal concerning how annual leave entitlement accrues for part-time workers.


Thomas Kibling

Widely known for his strength in highly sensitive discrimination claims and whistle-blowing cases, while acting for large employers in the professional and financial services sectors. He brings a commercial edge to employment issues with knowledge of injunctive relief applications.
Strengths: "He gets to the nub of things really quickly." "His legal knowledge is of the first order and he provides commercial, practical advice."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in Bailie v ADM Services International Limited, a disability discrimination claim.