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Outer Temple Chambers

Employment

9 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Outer Temple Chambers

Employment

9 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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The set is well known for its involvement at the epicentre of ground-breaking mass equal pay litigation. The barristers are highly experienced in all manner of discrimination claims and whistle-blowing matters, as well as employment cases with crossover pensions elements. Members represent significant clients in the public and private sectors, including the retail sector. Recent cases include acting for the claimants in the claim against Asda for equal pay between supermarket workers and warehouse workers, and acting for thousands of police officers in a claim that new pension rules were discriminatory on the basis of sex, race and age.

Client service:

"They are a great set of chambers and Nicholas Levett, the practice director, is fantastic; he's always quick at responding and helpful." "The clerks are super friendly and efficient."

Strengths:

Andrew Allen QC
Has a multifaceted practice, complementing his extensive knowledge of employment law with expertise in both partnership and discrimination law issues. He is regularly instructed by both employers and employees from the legal sector and has notable specialism in injunctive relief, unfair dismissal and disability discrimination cases.
"He has excellent client care skills and is incredibly intelligent." "He is a force to be reckoned with and an absolutely fantastic advocate."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the respondent before the Court of Appeal in Ishola v Transport for London, a case considering the meaning of 'provision, criterion or practice' in discrimination claims.

Strengths:

Andrew Short QC
Recognised for his expertise in complicated holiday pay and equal pay matters. He also has considerable experience in handling sensitive cases involving TUPE and working time issues. His practice is bolstered by his renowned knowledge of pensions law and he is regularly instructed in pension-related discrimination claims.
"He's fantastic at pensions and equal pay, extremely knowledgeable, strategic and a real pleasure to work with." "A super heavyweight in equal pay cases, he's authoritative and client-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in the long-running, large-scale claim against Asda for equal pay between supermarket workers and warehouse workers.

Strengths:

Daniel Barnett
Acts for both employers and employees across a wide range of employment matters, with specific attention to restrictive covenants and age discrimination issues. He has impressive experience in the High Court and at appellate level.
"He prepares meticulously, knows the documents inside-out, leaves no stone unturned and goes the extra mile." "He is a pleasure to work with; his oral advocacy is highly impressive and his written advocacy is powerful and persuasive."
Recent work: Defended the hospital in Malik v Cygnet Hospitals, a whistle-blowing claim brought by a consultant psychiatrist who alleged she was dismissed following protected disclosures about drug use in hospitals.

Strengths:

Emily Gordon Walker
Attracts plaudits for her advocacy in court and in employment tribunals. She assists both private and public sector employers in all manner of complex discrimination claims, with a particular interest in disability discrimination. She is also adept at handling difficult TUPE issues and employment matters that have cross-jurisdictional elements, and has notable expertise in whistle-blowing cases.
"Her technical knowledge is excellent; she is very perceptive and an excellent cross-examiner." "She is extremely supportive, has meticulous attention to detail, gets to the crux of the matter and gives clear legal and strategic advice."
Recent work: Successfully defended the respondent in Smith v Leicestershire City Council, an indirect sex discrimination claim arising from a blanket refusal to allow part-time working in a specific job role due to the US licence conditions attached to that work.

Strengths:

Keith Bryant QC
Handles a wide employment practice, enhanced by his extensive knowledge of pensions law. He regularly takes on high-profile discrimination cases and issues surrounding employment and national security vetting protocols.
"He's hands-on, responsive, calm and measured, with good technical knowledge." "Good on pension-related matters, and his beautiful deep voice and softly spoken manner only serve to make his arguments even more plausible. He's a calming influence for clients because he gives a strong impression that he knows what he's doing and will sort out their problems."
Recent work: Acted in a claim brought on behalf of over 15,000 police officers in England, Wales and Scotland, challenging the transitional protection given to some officers when the 2015 police pension scheme was introduced. The claim proceeded on the grounds that the scheme effectively discriminated against younger officers who were ineligible, and who tended to be more diverse in gender and ethnicity.

Strengths:

Lydia Seymour
A talented employment specialist who is experienced in high-profile cases taking in discrimination, whistle-blowing and other issues.
"She is exceptionally good and knows everything there is to know about employment law; she's a wonderful tactician." "She's excellent on paper and on her feet, technically excellent and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Spurling v Saracens, a claim for breach of contract and race discrimination brought by a professional rugby player.

Strengths:

Naomi Cunningham
Focuses her employment practice on discrimination matters, supported by extensive knowledge of working time cases and mass equal pay litigation. She is experienced in cases concerning allegations of wrongful and unfair dismissal.
"She displays an impressive ability to get to grips with the detail and is an impressive advocate." "She is extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and compelling in her legal arguments - and she delivers results. She goes above and beyond to support her clients."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in the long-running, large-scale claim against Asda for equal pay between supermarket workers and warehouse workers.

Strengths:

Naomi Ling
Repeatedly instructed by clients to appear in complex tribunal and appellate cases across the whole gamut of employment law. She has extensive knowledge of restrictive covenants, bonus disputes and negotiating severance packages, and also has experience of pension-related claims.
"She's a brilliant junior with beautiful drafting and excellent analytical skills." "She's outstanding: very intellectual has a great manner in court."
Recent work: Successfully represented the respondents in Page v Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice, an appeal from the Employment Tribunal, where the claimant alleged he had been victimised and his Article 10 rights breached.

Strengths:

Saul Margo
A broad employment specialist with notable experience handling major employment cases with pensions elements. He offers further expertise in TUPE, discrimination claims and payment disputes, and has acted in the High Court and various employment tribunals.
"He's really excellent and really knows his stuff, particularly in employment cases relating to pensions." "He is intelligent, strategically astute, and a highly effective advocate who is able to achieve excellent results even in the most difficult cases."
Recent work: Acted in a claim brought on behalf of over 15,000 police officers in England, Wales and Scotland, challenging the transitional protection given to some officers when the 2015 police pension scheme was introduced. The claim proceeded on the grounds that the scheme effectively discriminated against younger officers who were ineligible, and who tended to be more diverse in gender and ethnicity.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Employment


Andrew Allen QC
New Silks
Andrew Short QC
Band 1
Keith Bryant QC
Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Employment


Daniel Barnett
Band 5
Emily Gordon Walker
Band 4
Lydia Seymour
Band 4