St John’s Chambers’ employment practice covers a wide range of employment matters, including unfair dismissal, discrimination and victimisation matters, to name a few.”

Legal 500 2017, Employment

Employment Law is constantly changing and our responsive Employment Law team work with clients to offer expertise and tactical advice in all areas of employment law. Our highly skilled and very approachable barristers enjoy a reputation for their legal expertise, appearing in UK Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the County and High Courts. We act for employees and employers, including advising on and undertaking internal disciplinary inquiries and proceedings.

We advise and represent a broad range of clients and private individuals from solicitors, in house legal teams, SMEs and corporations to public bodies, government departments, local authorities and NHS Trusts.

We also advise business managers, CEOs, directors and in house HR teams with any employment law dispute under the ‘Direct Access Scheme’, providing practical and sound legal advice on company matters.

Our barristers can also advise and represent individuals seeking independent legal advice. We can offer a fixed rate at an agreed hourly fee to help you manage your budget for cost effective legal advice.

Areas of expertise

  • Employment status
  • Claims under The Equality Act 2010 (disability, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership and age)
  • All forms of discrimination and victimisation, with a cross-over of expertise with personal injury law such as stress, bullying and harassment claims
  • Equal pay and unlawful deduction from wages
  • Disciplinary and Grievances
  • Redundancy
  • Industrial relations and trade union affairs
  • Directors’ disputes
  • Restraint of trade claims
  • Injunctive relief and employee competition
  • Breach of contract
  • Professional negligence
  • TUPE transfers
  • Contractual / wrongful dismissal
  • Claims under The Employment Rights Act 1996 including Unfair Dismissal
  • Whistle blowing

Five members of the team are panel counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.


As the number of cases being dealt with by way of mediation increases, our mediation team is on hand to help, as advisers, advocates and mediators. Our facilities are specifically designed to meet with clients’ needs for a mediation venue. Read more.

Public Access

Some members of the team are also available to act, where appropriate, for members of the public, as well as commercial and non-commercial organisations, under the Public Access scheme. Read more.


The team delivers workshops and seminars in Chambers and regional centres. We also provide training on behalf of local Law Societies and in conjunction with solicitors firms. In addition we can give tailored in-house training for particular firms. If you would like any further information please contact Paul Bennett.

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