As one of the largest in the North East, our Employment Team provides the highest level of expertise in all aspects of employment and equality law. Whether it is a relatively straightforward unfair dismissal dispute or a high value, complex discrimination case, we will match your requirements with a member of our Employment Team with the knowledge, experience and ability to meet the challenge.
Areas of Practice
We represent employees and employers; from school cleaners and Trade Unions to multinational Plcs, local authorities and NHS trusts. We cover a wide range of employment law and related areas including:
• Bonus disputes
• Collective redundancies
• Contract claims
• Age discrimination
• Disability discrimination
• Race discrimination
• Sex discrimination
• Sexual orientation discrimination
• Religious belief discrimination
• Unfair and wrongful dismissal
• Employee share schemes
• Employers’ vicarious liability
• Employment Injunctions (including restrictive covenants, garden leave, confidential information)
• Equal pay claims
• European Community law
• Fixed-term Employee claims
• Human Rights law
• Industrial disputes
• Maternity and Parental Rights
• National Minimum Wage
• Part-time Worker claims
• Trade Union law
• Working Time Regulations
Members of the team have extensive experience of representing employers and employees in the High Court, County Courts, Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal. In the case of Tribunals and the EAT, we appear not only in England and Wales, but also in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The team also includes two part-time Employment Judges and three members who are on the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel.
In addition, 3 members have recently been recognised by Legal 500 as leaders in the field of employment law.
The breadth and depth of experience throughout our team enables us to provide specialist employment advice and representation to all our clients. The team offers excellence at all levels of call.
Members of the team have been and remain at the forefront of developments in employment and equality law. Reported cases include:
- Yerrakalva v Barnsley MBC  IRLR 78, CA
- Woods v Pasab Ltd t/a Jhoots Pharmacy  All ER (D) 264 (Oct)
- Horizon Recruitment Limited v Vincent  ICR 491
- B v A  IRLR 400
- Kimberley Group Housing Ltd v Hambley & Os  IRLR
- Flett v. Matheson  IRLR 277, CA
- Ramsay v. Walkers Crisps  IRLR 754, EAT
- Pothecary Witham Weld and Hawthorne v Bullimore & Sebastians Solicitors (EHRC intervening)  : ICR 1008
- Slack v Cumbria County Council  : EWCA Civ 293
- R (Equal Opportunities Commission) v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry  EWHC 483 (Admin),  : IRLR 327
- Sharp v Caledonia Group Services  : IRLR 4
- Fletcher v Blackpool Fylde & Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust  : IRLR 689 (EAT)
- Sinclair Roche & Temperley v Heard and Fellows  : IRLR 763
- Warby v Wunda Group Plc UKEAT/0434/11/LEA
- Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust v Foster UKEAT/0552/10/JOJ
- Greenwood v Northampton BC EAT 2011
Commercial common sense
We also pride ourselves on our commercial common sense. We understand the needs and objectives of our clients and are able to provide robust but practical advice on how to achieve a desired outcome. We ensure that our fees are always fair and realistic.
Always up to date with employment law
Pivotal to our practice is a belief in the importance of being up to date with the latest developments in employment and equality law. Members of the team are regular contributors to professional journals and publications.
Do you (or your team) require training in the latest developments of employment law or a better understanding of employment tribunal procedure? If so, in-house training or lecturing is an additional service our practitioners are delighted to offer.
Most of our team are authorised to receive instructions without the need for a solicitor to be involved. We particulary invite businesses and HR departments to contact us where you think we may be able to assist.
barristers who practice in employment law
- David Mason year of call: 1984
- Stephen Fletcher year of call: 1987
- Edward Legard year of call: 1996
- Samuel Healy year of call: 1999
- Sophie Buckley year of call: 1999
- Sarah Holmes-Willis year of call: 1999
- David Robinson-Young year of call: 1999
- Jennie Smith year of call: 2002
- Stephen Thornton year of call: 2003
- Henry Trory year of call: 2003
- James Willoughby year of call: 2005
- Angharad Davies year of call: 2006
- Shona Upton year of call: 2007
- Adam Mugliston year of call: 2008
- Katherine Armstrong year of call: 2009
- Philip Morgan year of call: 2010
- Matthew Collins year of call: 2010
- Michael Cahill year of call: 2012
door tenants who practice in employment law
- Gordon Lindhorst year of call: 1995