Our Employment Law barristers represent employees and employers in all types of employment-related cases including TUPE transfers, maternity regulations, discrimination, disability, redundancy and unfair, constructive or wrongful dismissal.


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Becket Chambers’ Employment Law barristers regularly represent employees and employers in tribunals and courts in Kent, Surrey and London, in all types of employment and employment-related cases including discrimination, disability and unfair, constructive or wrongful dismissal. Our barristers have a wealth of experience in dealing with these cases, which may involve issues ranging from injury to alleged criminal behaviour, TUPE transfers, constructive dismissal, maternity regulations and redundancy.

We can also work with you in an advisory capacity, and members of the Becket Chambers Employment Law 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.


Our aim is to help avoid litigation where possible, and we are available to assist on an advisory basis at an early stage of any work-place dispute. Where proceedings are issued, we can advise you (or your solicitor) on the evidence you will need to obtain to support your position, or assist in reaching a suitable compromise settlement.

Our expertise includes:

  • Discrimination (sex, race, disability and age-related)
  • Employment-related human right
  • 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

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



Once you have made a claim, the tribunal will issue and action service on your employer (the defendant). Once in receipt of the paperwork, the defendant has 28 days to respond to your claim.

This is a set time period. Following this, timescales for your case may vary depending on factors such as the type of claim issued, barristers’ availability, the complexity of your case, the need for additional documents, court availability and the level of engagement from the other party. However, as a guide, the more straightforward cases tend to have a hearing date listed within two to six months of a claim being issued.

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


Employment Barrister

Paul Tapsell

Paul regularly works with either employers or employees in employment cases, dealing with matters including unfair dismissal, redundancy, discrimination (by reason of sex, race, disability, etc.) and Transfers of Undertakings.

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"Sophie was so amazing yesterday, I was in awe of her brilliance!!! She slayed the other side, I felt like I was in the best hands possible."

Client instructing Sophie Gray through Solicitors

"Magdalena was very good. She was efficient, built up a good rapport with the client and communication was excellent. I would not hesitate to instruct her again."

Miss L from Solicitors instructing Magdalena Cass

"Nicole who represented me was really brilliant within the hearings so thank you for having her involved and having her return to do the hearings with me."

Client instructing Nicole Jennings through Solicitors

"Lavinia was great. I found her very helpful and so did the client. I will instruct her again in the future."

Miss H from solicitors instructing Lavinia Glover


"You were amazing, thank you so much. You are seriously worth your weight in gold… I will definitely be using your services again."

Ms V Instructing Clive Styles through DPA scheme