Employment & Discrimination Barristers

A highly respected set known for its expertise in complex matters such as discrimination, whistle-blowing and TUPE. "Their availability and service are second to none."
Chambers UK 2020

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 members of the team are recommended by Chambers UK Bar and/or the Legal 500 and one holds an appointment to the Attorney General's Regional ‘A’ Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

We provide specialist advocacy and employment advice across a full range of employment and discrimination issues:

  • Furlough, temporary cessation of work, lay off and short time
  • Redundancy and restructuring
  • Support regarding insolvency
  • TUPE
  • Breach of confidence, restrictive covenants and injunctive relief
  • Contractual claims (e.g. bonuses and redundancy payments)
  • Discrimination and equal pay
  • Discrimination in non-employment contexts (eg housing, education, services, partnerships)
  • 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 laws
  • Unfair, constructive and wrongful dismissal
  • Wages (including minimum wage)
  • Whistleblowing
  • Working time and holiday pay

We are instructed for both claimants and respondents/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. Our London office and conference facilities just off Chancery Lane also enable us to conduct work in the City effectively. 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 can convene and appear in virtual hearings, client conferences and mediations using Microsoft Teams and other secure, encrypted systems.

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 September/October. Requests for bespoke in-house training or seminars are welcomed. Contributions are also regularly made to various legal publications.

In addition to the ELA, we are members of the Employment Law Bar Association, Industrial Law Society and the Discrimination Law Association.

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.