Parklane Plowden

Employment Department

North Eastern (Bar)
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Parklane Plowden remains a leading set for employment law on the North Eastern Circuit. Its expertise covers a variety of employment matters including discrimination, sexual misconduct, equal pay and victimisation claims. Members boast an impressive roster of clients from both the public and private sectors and primarily act for respondents, although they are also well equipped to handle cases for claimants. "The barristers are knowledgeable of the law, easy to work with and excellent with my clients," says one instructing solicitor.

Client service: "I am very impressed by the operation of the chambers. The clerks are friendly, approachable and most importantly very efficient." "Sharon Robson, senior practice director for the employment team, is quick to respond, happy to help and will come up with sensible solutions to issues."

Andrew Sugarman
An established presence in employment litigation who commands considerable respect for his representation of claimants and respondents. His client base includes both public and private sector clients, from universities to individuals. He also offers vast expertise acting for NHS trusts in claims such as victimisation, race and sex discrimination and unfair dismissal.
Strengths: "He impresses with his ability to get to the heart of the matter through a mass of potentially obscuring detail and to develop very quickly a thorough understanding of the specifics of the case in the context of the relevant case law." "He is a very strong advocate, supportive, detailed in his preparation and great with clients."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant employer in Thomas v Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, a high-value sex discrimination, whistle-blowing and constructive unfair dismissal claim brought by a consultant surgeon.

Andrew Webster
Has an impressive local practice but also attracts instructions from clients across the country. Primarily called upon to act for respondents in the public sector including local authorities, NHS trusts and other government bodies. He offers expertise advising on a range of employment matters including those relating to discrimination, unfair dismissal and statutory annual leave.
Strengths: "Andrew is a formidable advocate with forensic attention to detail and is creative with legal arguments." "He is very down to earth, practical and able to cut through documentation and distil the key problems very quickly and he is very good with cross-examination."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in Downs v Academy Enterprise Trust, a disability discrimination case involving a teacher with various disabilities.

Dominic Bayne
A well-trusted litigator with an impressive track record in all facets of employment law including discrimination and equal pay claims. He is highly experienced in claims for unfair dismissal and unfair redundancy. He has a broad and diverse practice representing both private and public sector clients, ranging from large-scale organisations to individuals.
Strengths: "He is extremely approachable and his advice is very clear." "A very detail-oriented barrister who is fantastic with witnesses and really puts them at ease."
Recent work: Acted for a spinal surgeon in a victimisation, age discrimination and unfair dismissal claim against Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust.