Employment & Discrimination Barristers

"The employment and discrimination team is composed of a bench of highly respected juniors who offer a depth of expertise capable of rivalling the set's London competitors"
Chambers UK 2017

Guildhall Chambers boasts one of the few truly specialist employment and discrimination teams based outside of London.

Our team offers a depth of expertise and quality of service to rival the best of its London-based competitors.

All but the most junior members of the team are recommended in by Chambers UK and/or Legal 500 and three hold appointments to the Attorney General's Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

We provide specialist advocacy and advisory services across the full range of employment and discrimination issues, including:

  • Breach of confidence, restrictive covenants and injunctive relief
  • Contractual claims (e.g. bonuses and redundancy payments)
  • Discrimination and equal pay
  • Discrimination in housing, education and services
  • Employment status and agency workers
  • EU law and human rights
  • Industrial action and trade union law
  • Professional discipline
  • Redundancy, reorganisation and insolvency
  • Settlement agreements
  • Sports-related employment disputes
  • Territorial jurisdiction and conflict of law
  • TUPE
  • Unfair, constructive and wrongful dismissal
  • Wages (including minimum wage)
  • Whistleblowing
  • Working time and holiday pay

We are instructed for both claimants and defendants by a variety of firms and organisations, including some of the region's largest firms of solicitors, local authorities, central government departments and leading City firms, as well as smaller local firms that appreciate our approachability and quality of service.

We practise across the country, with our Bristol base affording excellent transport links to all parts of the UK. Appellate work is undertaken in the EAT and above, and cases are conducted regularly in the County and High Courts. Outside the courts, we appear in front of a variety of professional disciplinary bodies.

We are active in the Employment Lawyers' Association and frequently deliver lectures and seminars on its behalf. In addition, we host our own annual half-day seminar in early September. Requests for bespoke in-house training or seminars are welcomed.

Contributions are regularly made to various legal publications, and we also work with Jordan Publishing, providing opinion pieces for Jordans’ Employment Law News and Comment. This free resource contains news and practical insights into the latest cases and developments in employment law and also includes Allan Roberts' employment pensions calculator.

We are members of the Employment Law Bar Association, Industrial Law Society, Discrimination Law Association and the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.

Chambers has extensive and high quality conference facilities and the team has access to the very latest in technology and legal research tools. Clients can, without exception, expect to receive the highest levels of service.