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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

Successful defence against a bogus unfair dismissal claim

Paul acted for a solicitor responding to an unfair dismissal arising from an alleged Public Interest Disclosure. The Claimant had been a Legal Secretary who alleged that the employer had been routinely marking up disbursements and avoiding VAT liability over an extended period. The Claimant said that the issue had been raised with the employer Continue reading

Compensation for sex discrimination

Rachel’s client, the Claimant, had been employed as a receptionist in a male-dominated company and had been subjected to sexual harassment and sex discrimination from colleagues, including the company’s Director. During the four-day hearing, the Director had made comments to the Claimant about her physical appearance, which indicated that he did not take her complaints Continue reading

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

Employment Articles

An increase for injury to feelings: the Vento Bands and compensation in discrimination claims

An employee alleging discrimination on the part of their employer (for example on grounds of disability) may ask the Employment Tribunal to make an award for compensation for “injury to feelings”. This is an award of damages aimed as a remedy for the hurt, humiliation and degradation suffered by the employee and will be considered Continue reading

Employment Testimonials

“….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


“…. 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 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