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Parklane Plowden

Employment

4 ranked barristersBand 1North Eastern (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Renowned for its work tackling employment law matters of significant sensitivity and complexity including discrimination, harassment and victimisation claims. The barristers are also knowledgeable about whistle-blower protection. The set maintains a broad client base which includes claimants and private or public sector respondents. Recently, it has successfully represented HMRC in a disability discrimination and harassment claim, and acted in a novel Court of Appeal case on philosophical belief discrimination.

Client service:

"The clerks are great – helpful and polite. Senior practice director Sharon Robson in particular is friendly and will try to be accommodating whenever possible." "It is a top set on the North Eastern Circuit in terms of the way its clients are supported, and the value for money the client receives."

Strengths:

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. He also offers vast expertise in claims such as victimisation, race and sex discrimination, and unfair dismissal.
"A pleasure to deal with. Extremely bright and technical on complex issues. A fantastic advocate, easy to get on with and brilliant with the witnesses. He is also extremely well prepared." "Fantastic with clients, great attention to detail and knowledgeable."
Recent work: Acted for a Professor of Physics in a claim to challenge Oxford University's compulsory retirement provisions on the grounds of age discrimination.

Strengths:

Andrew Webster
Has an impressive practice on circuit but also attracts instructions from clients across the country. He is 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, such as those relating to discrimination, unfair dismissal and statutory annual leave.
"He is a very intelligent barrister who has strong knowledge of employment law."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent haulage company at a hearing concerning a lorry driver who alleged that he had been unfairly dismissed as a result of having blown the whistle over health and safety concerns.

Strengths:

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, and employees.
"He is incredibly intelligent, polite and diplomatic in his approach." "He is very thorough and responsive."
Recent work: Acted for HMRC in a disability discrimination and harassment claim brought by a civil servant, concerning 25 allegations of discrimination over an 18-month period.

Strengths:

Tariq Sadiq
Operates a wide employment law practice, and has extensive experience of handling matters involving restrictive covenants, whistle-blowing claims and complex discrimination allegations. He has also established niche expertise in national security-related employment disputes. Sadiq regularly acts for large public and governmental bodies.
"Highly respected at the Bar."
Recent work: Successfully defended Mulberry in the first philosophical belief discrimination case to be considered by the Court of Appeal. The claim related to a belief in the right to own the copyright and moral rights of one's own creative output.

Employment Department

Parklane Plowden

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Department location

19 Westgate

Leeds

West Yorkshire

UK

LS1 2RD

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North Eastern (Bar)

Employment


Andrew Sugarman
Band 1
Andrew Webster
Band 3
Dominic Bayne
Band 2
Tariq Sadiq
Band 1