Doughty Street International has extensive experience in dealing with International Employment Disputes. Chambers has a small group of leading practitioners who specialise in this field. Members act and/or advise both Claimants and Respondents before UK Courts and Tribunals in respect of international employment disputes which have a connection with the UK as well as in foreign jurisdictions and ad-hoc international tribunals.

Our Expertise in this area extends from conducting litigation to providing advisory services to individuals, corporations as well as international organisations (including UN Bodies). We are frequently involved in litigation and/or are engaged in an advisory capacity to act for parties in disputes over the territorial jurisdiction that is engaged in their employment disputes. As well as advising or acting in disputes concerning labour disputes in overseas/offshore jurisdictions, members of Chambers have experience acting and/or advising on claims in Jersey, Guernsey, St Helena, Cayman Islands, Isle of Man, Dubai, Gibraltar, Ireland, France, Italy, Belgium and other European States, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, the United States of America, and a number of Caribbean States.

Team members also have extensive experience advising and/or litigating claims involving immunity from suit both domestically and internationally. We are regularly instructed to advise and/or litigate claims against embassies based in the UK concerning allegations of discriminatory treatment by staff engaged by them. We are also experienced in acting for international bodies in respect of claims made by staff members that are not subject to national legislation and are experienced in advancing immunity arguments to defeat such claims.

We are also frequently called upon to advise staff members and UN bodies/ other international organisations in respect of their internal disputes and have members of the team with vast experience of a number of international organisations and their internal administrative rules governing staffing disputes. We also welcome instructions to adjudicate on grievances raised within such organisations where the circumstances of such matters necessitates external independent expertise.

Meet our team


Paras Gorasia

Paras Gorasia

A significant proportion of Paras’ practice involves disputes involving other jurisdictions across the entire breadth of his employment practice. Paras’ interest in international employment disputes stemmed from his time in Hong Kong as a Pegasus Scholar where he spent some time in the Employment Department of Mayer Brown JSM and through his time marshalling with Mr Justice Reyes in a 10 day employment case involving Cathay Pacific (John Simpson Warham and Ors v Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd & Anor [2009] HKCU 1746). He has recently been involved in a number of disputes involving the jurisdiction of the Tribunal over peripatetic workers as well as advising on employment disputes involving the Isle of Man, Jersey, Palestine and Cayman Islands as well as advising on disputes involving issues of state and diplomatic immunity.


Susie Alegre

Susie Alegre

Dr. Susie Alegre is an international barrister with a wealth of experience working with and for international and regional organisations and international NGOs. Among others she has worked for the European Union Delegation in Uganda on governance and accountability and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as well as Amnesty International and several United Nations Agencies over the past 25 years. Thanks to her hands-on experience, she has a thorough understanding of the issues related to duty of care in international postings as well as the functioning of oversight mechanisms such as OLAF, the European Anti-Fraud Office.  

As well as her work in international organisational contexts, Susie has particular expertise in working with small island jurisdictions on equality and human rights issues relevant to international employment disputes and is an expert on the legal relationships between the United Kingdom and British Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories. The founder and director of the Island Rights Initiative, Susie has advised governments in the Isle of Man and St Helena on issues related to human rights and equality.

She brings practical and strategic understanding of navigating both internal staff regulations, alternative dispute mechanisms and applicable international law in complex regional, international and small island employment contexts. 

Susie is fluent in English, French and Spanish.


Tatyana Eatwell

Tatyana Eatwell

Tatyana Eatwell is a public international lawyer and international human rights lawyer, with expertise on questions relating to diplomatic immunity and jurisdictional immunity of international organisations. She represents individuals in the international and regional human rights tribunals, and has acted in a number of cases concerning the application of international law principles in domestic proceedings. Her recent cases include Barnet LBC v AG (A Child) [2022] EWCA Civ 1505, a case concerning diplomatic immunity and child protection.  Tatyana has a PhD from the University of Cambridge in Public International Law.



Finnian Clarke

In the short time that Finnian has been at the bar, he has already worked on a number of cases which raise issues of territorial and international jurisdiction. He has drafted advice on the territorial scope of the Equality Act and is assisting Paras Gorasia and Jen Robinson on the case of Mohsin v CNN, which raises complex questions regarding the scope and meaning of the Recast Brussels Regulation, as well as territorial jurisdiction and applicable law. He is comfortable being instructed in such matters both individually or as part of a team.


Nicolas Angelet

Professor Nicolas Angelet

Nicolas is a public international lawyer, an advocate at the Brussels Bar and a professor of public international law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He appears before the courts in Belgium and, together with local lawyers, in other EU courts, as well as before the European Court of Justice and international courts and tribunals.   

Nicolas has longstanding expertise in the law of international civil service, advising various international organisations and representing them before international administrative tribunals.  

Nicolas is also an expert in international immunities law and has represented international organisations before domestic courts to assert their immunity in employment matters. He has also experience in international labour issues brought before National Contact Points for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.