Employment and discrimination

Our employment barristers provide employers and employees with representation, advice, drafting and mediation across a wide range of employment and work areas.

employment lawyers Our Expertise

Our employment barristers regularly appear before Employment Tribunals across England and Wales and Scotland, as well as the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal.

We welcome both complex and straightforward cases involving:

  • Unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal
  • Discrimination
  • Equal pay
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Breach of confidence
  • Transfer of undertakings
  • Redundancy, including pre-redundancy consultancy
  • Unlawful deductions from wages
  • Contractual claims
  • Harassment and bullying claims
  • Health and Safety at work
  • Work related stress claims
  • Trade Union matters
  • Business immigration
  • Mediation in workplace and employment disputes
  • Disciplinary and regulatory hearings and appeals

seminar  Seminars

Our seminars will help you to develop your legal knowledge further. They are also accredited by the Bar Standards Board for continuing professional development purposes. Some recent examples of seminars include:

  • Employment Law Update (Equal Pay, Redundancy, TUPE, Discrimination, Holiday pay and Sickness Absence Management)
  • An Introduction to Business Immigration
  • How to Appeal Against a Health and Safety Notice

Our cases:

Our expert understanding of the law and exceptional results can be seen from some recent, high profile cases in which we have been involved:

  • Ukegheson v London Borough of Haringey [2015] ICR 1285 – strike out – disability and religious discrimination
  • Hague v Rotary Yorkshire Ltd [2015] EWCA 696 – scope of health and safety appeals
  • Watson v London Metropolitan University [2015] All ER (D) 257 – trade union detriment
  • Robert Sage T/A Prestige Nursing Care Limited v O’Connell and others [2014] IRLR 428 – transfer of undertakings – care homes
  • MBA v The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Merton [2014] ICR 357 – religious discrimination – Sunday working
  • Sanders and Newham Sixth Form College [2014] EWCA Civ 734 – disability discrimination – reasonable adjustments
  • Dhunna v Creditsights Ltd [2013] ICR 909 – international jurisdiction – working overseas
  • MWH UK Limited v Victoria Wise (HM Inspector of Health of Safety) [2014] A.C.D. 96 – modification of health and safety notices
  • Warner v Armfield Retail & Leisure [2014] ICR 239 – disability discrimination and frustration
  • Okoro and Taylor Woodrow [2013] ICR 580 CA – race discrimination and continuing acts

Specialist Barristers

Jake Davies is listed as a leading individual in employment law and Satinder Gill as a leading individual in business immigration law in the current edition of the Legal 500 directory.

Ian Wright is on Part A of the List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health & Safety and Environmental Law. As a result he appears in appeals against notices issued by the Health and Safety Executive, Office of Rail Regulation and the Environment Agency.

Simon Robinson is a specialist in discrimination cases and also a CEDR Accredited Mediator for workplace and employment disputes.

Sara Beecham applies her considerable knowledge of local government to employment disputes in this field.

Brynmor Adams has been appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel for civil work and as such has acted on behalf of the Government in employment disputes.

Millie Polimac is an expert on employment and EU law rights as a result of her previous experience as a referendaire at the Court of Justice of the European Union in the cabinet of Advocate General Jaaskinen.

To view profiles of our team members, including their individual areas of expertise, please click on the profiles below.

For all enquires please contact our senior clerk, David Portch, and his team at

E: clerks@fivepaper.com, T: +44 (0)20 7815 3200