Dere Street Barristers is ‘strong on employment law’ with counsel representing local authorities, NHS Trusts and companies across a broad spectrum of matters including discrimination, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, TUPE and harassment. Members act for claimants and respondents - Legal 500 2017.
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 two 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:
- O’Brien v Bolton St Catherine’s Academy  IRLR 547, CA.
- Lodge v Dignity in Dying  1RLR 184
- AEI Cables v GMB and UNITE UKEAT/0375/12/LA
- Powell v OMV Exploration Ltd  1RLR 80
- Woods v Pasab t/a jhoots  1RLR 305
- Yerrakalva v Barnsley MBC  IRLR 78, CA
- 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
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 particularly invite businesses and HR departments to contact us where you think we may be able to assist.