Paul Smith is specialist barrister who “has an excellent breadth of knowledge across the field of employment law”.
He is instructed by business and individual clients across the full range of employment matters and regularly appears against senior practitioners and QCs. His practice covers discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal cases through to complex disputes involving part-time working, equal pay and TUPE. He also advises and appears in the High Court in actions arising from restrictive covenants in contracts of employment, the misuse of confidential information by employees, and in respect of notice pay claims. He appears in Employment Tribunals across England and Wales (and their equivalent in Northern Ireland) and has a bulk of experience in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, including in the cases of Hershaw v Sheffield City Council  IRLR 919, Eyres v Air Vane Compressors (2017) UKEAT/0347/16/DA, Mostyn v S&P Casuals (2018) UKEAT/0158/17/2202, and Adams v Birmingham City Council  ICR 531. Paul has been recommended in the national legal directories every year since he qualified, in 2011.
2008 Call (Gray’s Inn)
2015 Appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown by the Attorney General (Regional B Panel)
2019 Appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission panel of counsel
2020 Appointed as a fee-paid Employment Judge in England & Wales
2020 Appointed as a fee-paid Employment Judge in Scotland
Employment Lawyers’ Association
Industrial Law Society
Employment Law Bar Association