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London (Bar) Employment
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9 Ranked Lawyers

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Employment - London (Bar)
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Matrix Chambers' employment law practice is considered an excellent choice for everything from tribunal cases to Supreme Court litigation, covering high-profile equal pay, discrimination and whistle-blowing claims. A number of barristers at the set also have experience in restrictive covenant cases. Members are regularly instructed by individuals and employers across a range of sectors, including the public sector and financial services. Recent highlights have seen the barristers act in highly publicised political employment cases, such as acting for Sonia Khan, a former special adviser to Sajid Javid, in a sex discrimination claim against the Prime Minister’s former chief of staff, and representing the Labour Party over the legality of suspending Jeremy Corbyn.

Client service

"Senior practice manager Alison Scanes is very responsive, she keeps in touch and she is great at getting top-quality counsel involved in our cases." "The clerking at Matrix is excellent, it is really responsive, you can always get hold of the clerks and they have a great library of resources." "The clerks are highly responsive and they are quick to get back with any queries or fee requests." In recent months Matrix Chambers has demonstrated its commitment to client service through a number of initiatives such as its Law Pod podcast, and Client Listening project.

Karon Monaghan KC
Karon Monaghan KC is 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 in recent years been instructed in a string of precedent-setting disputes, including those relating to tribunal fees and worker status.
"Karon Monaghan KC is a force of nature." "She is absolutely formidable, clients absolutely love her, she is so down to earth and she has been doing discrimination claims for 30 years or more so she knows the law inside out. She seeks to change the law and we bring in Karon when there are really important landmark cases." "Karon Monaghan is absolutely excellent and all the praise that she gets is deserving as year in and year out she is a star - she is a leader in discrimination law."

James Laddie KC
James Laddie KC is 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.
"He is so down to earth, and even when he is really busy he makes himself available to you. On his feet he is exceptional as he is so persuasive and he has encyclopedic knowledge of employment law." "His client-handling skills are fantastic, he is a really personable and he makes things sound simple that are actually complex. You do not want to be on the other side of him as he has a razor-sharp brain and he does not get bogged down in a whole load of detail but he is likely to pick the important points and plead them succinctly."

Represented Sonia Khan, a former special adviser to Sajid Javid, in a sex discrimination claim against the Prime Minister’s then chief of staff Dominic Cummings.

Claire Darwin
Claire Darwin is a highly experienced employment barrister who is well known for her strength in discrimination cases, having also worked in numerous important cases relating to pay progression and equal pay. She offers notable expertise in various employment law issues affecting educational establishments and public bodies.
"A real team player who is very responsive. She is really good at getting to the nub of the matter quickly and bringing order to proceedings, and she has a very client-friendly manner." "She is a formidable and supremely intelligent senior junior who will always fight the client's case hard and successfully." "She is a very effective and persuasive oral advocate who is clear and intelligent."

Successfully acted for the Secretary of State for Justice in a Court of Appeal case which clarified the law on the extent to which costs factors can constitute a legitimate aim for the purposes of justifying indirect discrimination.

Thomas Kibling
Thomas Kibling is 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.
"He is super helpful: he is a real team player, clients love him and he is consistently excellent in tribunal." "He is really excellent, he is accessible, he is practical in the advice that he gives and he has a lot of experience - he is everything I want in a barrister."

Acted for the respondents in the discrimination case of Dr Lyfar-Cisse v Brighton & East Sussex University NHS Trust and Western Hospitals Trust.

Laura Prince
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.
"Laura Prince is thorough and she is succinct." "She is a very commercially minded barrister; she is pragmatic and she knows what the client is looking for."

Acted for Ivy Okedina in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the principle of contractual illegality in claims involving illegal workers.

Thomas Gillie
Noted junior barrister Thomas Gillie enjoys an excellent reputation for his knowledge of employment law, regularly undertaking highly sensitive investigations and handling tribunal litigation. He has a particular strength in discrimination cases.
"He is very quick to grasp complex points, he is a very persuasive advocate, clients really like him and he is not easily fazed." "His work ethic is consistently high and he has the ability to respond nimbly and quickly. He is detail-oriented and he is very good at giving advice over the phone or in writing." "He is lovely on a personal level and he is a really great advocate. I am always impressed with how he presents his arguments: he is very thorough and he really emphasises the right points to drill down into."

Acted for the Labour Party in a claim brought by Jeremy Corbyn contending that his suspension was unlawful in light of alleged bad faith on the part of Sir Keir Starmer.

Mark Greaves
Mark Greaves is a respected barrister who has excellent knowledge across a variety of employment law issues including TUPE and discrimination. He is notable for his expertise in working time matters.
"He easily gets to the nub of complex matters and he has a skill base which belies his call." "He is understanding and patient and he continues to impress with his analytical mind and the clarity of his advice." "He has excellent attention to detail, we can rely on him to know the case inside out, he has a good manner with clients and he is able to provide clear, commercially focused advice that is not overly technical."

Defended C5 Capital against a whistle-blowing claim brought by a former senior employee.

Nathan Roberts
Nathan Roberts is an esteemed junior barrister who is well versed in employment cases in the EAT, the senior courts and the Supreme Court. He is commended for his understanding of discrimination and whistle-blowing cases.
"Nathan Roberts has a first-class brain and he is a tenacious advocate." "He is very impressive, he is authoritative and he is very responsive."

Acted for Square Global in a successful restraint of trade claim in the High Court.

Mathew Purchase KC
Mathew Purchase KC 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 has also served on the Attorney General's A panel.
"He is a real pleasure to work with, he is very diligent, he is measured, he is effective and he is skilful at cross-examination, which is down to his hard work and preparation." "He is very bright, he is very good on his feet and he is very clear in his thinking."

Acted for the Secretary of State for Justice in defence of a discrimination claim by a Muslim prison service head chaplain.

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