Unlike many of our competitors, and in keeping with Chambers’ civil liberties ethos, the Employment Team at Doughty Street acts very largely for claimants and their representative bodies.  Our clients have included employees from all walks of life, including those working in finance, journalism, law, academia, health and social care, the police, the military and other public services.  We have strong links with many trade unions, and appear in cases at all levels from internal disciplinary proceedings, to the Employment Tribunal through to the Supreme Court, and European Court of Human Rights.  Team members include experienced juniors and senior QCs.

We will always go the ‘extra mile’ for our clients. As well as working on the instruction of solicitors, many members of our team also advise workers directly via the Bar's public access scheme.

Our Members are regularly instructed to advise on and act in claims relating to:

  • Complex discrimination in the workplace of all kinds;
  • Unfair or wrongful dismissal, and redundancy;
  • Bonus and equal pay, and other remuneration or pensions cases;
  • The rights of Unionised workers and industrial action;
  • Confidential information and data protection;
  • Whistleblowing and employee victimisation;
  • Restraint of trade and employee competition.

We have significant experience in providing training in employment and discrimination law, including for the Trades Union Congress, individual unions, the Council of Europe, the Bar Standards Board, and other private organisations. We can also provide independent counsel to assist with internal investigations and audits of disciplinary or grievance procedures. Our employment team contains several qualified mediators and you can click here to find out more about our work in this area.

In keeping with Doughty Street’s multi-disciplinary approach to casework, we can also offer experts with related expertise in professional discipline and regulatory law, in bringing claims under the Human Rights Act and seeking public law remedies against the Government.

Equality and Discrimination Law

Whilst employment law cases can often involve issues of discrimination and failures to adhere to equality law, our work in this area is also much broader.

The upholding of the right to equality and non-discrimination is a strand that runs through the work of many of our practice teams including the Actions Against the Police teamAdministrative and Public Law teamCommunity Care and Health TeamEducation team, Housing and Social Welfare teamImmigration teamMental Health and Court of Protection team, and the Prisoners' Rights team.

We have a number of barristers who act as preferred counsel to the Equality and Human Rights Commission and we regularly act for NGOs, campaigning organisations and other interveners in Supreme Court and Court of Appeal cases. 

We have run ground-breaking judicial review cases under both the anti-discrimination provisions of the Equality Act 2010 (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation) and Article 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights, including high-profile challenges to austerity cuts brought on behalf of vulnerable members of society.  We have successfully developed the public-sector equality duty and also brought damages claims on behalf of those who have suffered discrimination by public bodies, commercial organisations and education providers.

For more information on this area, or to speak about the work of our barristers, please contact our practice management team using the details in the column to the right.