Employment

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Members of Chambers’ Employment team regularly advise and appear in tribunals and courts in all types of employment and employment-related matters on behalf of employees and employers.

Our Barristers regularly represent clients at Employment Tribunals in Kent, Surrey and London in cases relating to discrimination, disability and unfair dismissal for reasons ranging from pregnancy to injury to alleged criminal behaviour, TUPE transfers, constructive dismissal, maternity regulations and redundancy.

We also undertake employment work in an advisory capacity, and members of the Employment team are available to attend round-table meetings on behalf of employers or employees, and to provide honest and pragmatic advice on the merits of a claim. We aim to assist on an advisory basis at an early stage of any work-place dispute to help avoid litigation. Where proceedings are issued, we can advise our clients (or their solicitor) on the evidence they will need to obtain to support their position, or assist in reaching a suitable compromise settlement.

Our expertise includes:

  • Discrimination (sex, race, disability and age-related)
  • Employment-related human rights
  • Equal Pay
  • European Community Law
  • Injunctive relief
  • Parental rights
  • Redundancy
  • Restraint of trade and breach of confidence
  • Trade union law and industrial relations
  • Transfer of Undertakings
  • Unfair and wrongful dismissal

Members are also available to advise on the drafting of contracts of employment, handbooks and compromise agreements.

Barristers in the Employment Team are also available on a Direct Access basis.

Case Studies

Compensation for unfair dismissal

Paul represented an employee sacked for speeding, in a case where a vehicle tracker had recorded evidence of over 1000 occasions in a 6 month period when the speed limit had been exceeded. The Tribunal found that the dismissal was procedurally and substantively unfair and in breach of contract (wrongful dismissal), and awarded compensation of Continue reading

Defending claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination

Paul acted for an Employment Agency providing staff for local authority placements in a claim involving Transfer of Undertakings and unfair dismissal and allegations of sex, race and disability discrimination by employees of the Agency and the Local Authority; a number of the matters were dismissed at a preliminary stage, thereby reducing the anticipated hearing Continue reading

Acting for a firm of solicitors in a dispute over a takeover

Paul was instructed by the employer in claims brought by several solicitors following the takeover of a solicitors’ firm by another firm. The matter involved determination of individuals’ rights under the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations and claims for redundancy payments, unlawful deductions from wages and unfair and/or constructive dismissal. Detailed negotiations took place and tactical/economic Continue reading

Defending dismissal procedures

On behalf of a defendant employer criticised for not having proper and adequate systems in place, John successfully defended the procedures in place for dismissal, and negotiated the settlement and discontinuance of a number of pending claims.

Reducing costs in an unfair dismissal case

Prior to John’s involvement, a client had lost an Employment Tribunal case. At the costs hearing some weeks later, John was able to reduce a costs order of the court from over £30,000 to less than £7,000.

Employment Articles

Employment Testimonials

“….I was given direct guidance and was grateful for the direct talking….level of service couldnt get any better….absolutely the  best by far….”

Mrs F instructing John Nee through the DPA scheme – July 15

“….our client has asked us to convey her sincere thanks for Counsel’s robust approach….and was very pleased with the way things went generally….”

Mr H from a firm of solicitors instructing John Nee – March 15

“….instructed John Nee through a recommendation….excellent advice given and understanding of my requirements….”

Mrs M instructing John Nee through the DPA scheme – January 15

“….your the client’s favourite at the moment….I am booking you as much as i can….”

Mrs P from a firm of Solicitors instructing John Nee – August 14

“….the benefit of instructing a barrister was far less hassle and it kept the costs down….value for money….i was very happy with all the dealings i had with Becket Chambers from start to finish….”

Mrs R instructing Paul Tapsell through the DPA scheme – April 14

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“…. The whole process of using your company was faultless…..my initial contact was through Arron Smith, who’s service was outstanding from start to finish….”

Mr L instructing Mr Thistle & Mr Tapsell through the DPA Scheme – January 2014

“….Excellent advice given….value for money….helpful team”

Mr G instructing Paul Tapsell through the DPA scheme – January 14