5 Essex Court


"Consistently high quality”
Chambers UK

Chambers has a highly talented and recognised team of employment law specialists providing advice and representation across the full scope of employment law issues.

5 Essex Court’s barristers are renowned for their expertise representing government departments, public bodies and Chief Constables in employment law. Applying our vast experience in some of the most contentious and complex employment cases relating to public bodies, members of the employment team work across all industry sectors, from national retailers and service providers to blue-chip financial institutions.

Our Employment Law specialists represent and advise both employers and employees from the public and private sectors and regularly appear in Employment Tribunals as well as the other courts up to Supreme Court level.

Members of the team are hugely experienced and adept at advising all sizes of employer clients - from publicly listed international companies, police forces and government departments to SMEs and charities. A number of our barristers pursued other careers in-house before joining the Bar, including in employment relations, so we have first-hand knowledge of the commercial issues facing clients.

The public reputation and accountability of our clients is always a key consideration. We are well used to providing early advice on the commercial and reputational impact of employment issues. When it comes to the highest level of integrity and discretion, our clients can always rely on our barristers who are also approachable, efficient and practical.

Experts in the core areas as well as specialist niche issues, the team provides advice and advocacy in all aspects of Employment Law:

  • Unfair Dismissal including constructive dismissal
  • Discrimination claims of all kinds, harassment and victimisation
  • Whistleblowing
  • Advising and representation on misconduct and discipline
  • TUPE
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Data Protection and employment IT matters
  • National Security
  • Firearms

A number of our Employment Law barristers are qualified to accept instructions directly (see Direct Access).

In addition, our team also regularly assist clients with drafting and reviewing contracts of employment, staff handbooks, internal policies and other documentation. We also provide in-house training on developments in Employment Law and HR matters.

Members of our Employment team are authors of the Employment Tribunal Handbook (5th edition, 2017) published by Bloomsbury Professional. We also produce a regular employment law update "Five from 5".

For more information, contact our clerking team.