Anthony Johnston

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Anthony Johnston


Anthony has practised in Birmingham throughout his professional life, starting at 1 Fountain Court before moving to St Philips following the merger of those two sets in 2002.

Whilst Anthony has practised in employment throughout his time at the Bar, he has increasingly focussed upon this area of his practice in recent years and now practices almost exclusively in the field of employment law.

Whilst a vastly experienced and fearless advocate, Anthony prides himself outside the courtroom as providing a user-friendly and approachable service to lay and professional clients alike at all stages of the litigation process.

Anthony is fluent in written and spoken Italian, having previously lived and worked in Italy.

He also has a good working knowledge of French and Spanish, having studied the former to A-Level.

Recent Work:

Anthony’s recent work includes:

  • Jose Gonsalves v The Rationalist Association2301850/2016 and 2302431/2016– successfully acting on behalf of the Respondent in resisting claims including whistleblowing, automatic unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal.
  • Andrew Higgins v Deafness Resource Centre Limited 2405115/2016 – successfully acting on behalf of the Respondent charity in resisting claims of discrimination arising from disability and a failure to make reasonable adjustments.
  • Muhammad v St John Ambulance 2600030/2017 – successfully acting on behalf of the Respondent in resisting a claim of race discrimination.
  • Lancaster v Catalyst Housing Association 2200832/2017 – successfully acting on behalf of the Respondent housing association in resisting a claim of unfair dismissal.
  • Acting on behalf of a set of barristers’ chambers in an ongoing 15-day complex discrimination and whistleblowing claim.


Anthony is regularly instructed to appear on behalf of both Claimants and Respondents in multi-day cases before the Employment Tribunal, where he undertakes all aspects of employment work including claims involving unfair dismissal, all forms of discrimination, whistleblowing, redundancy, equal pay, the National Minimum Wage, the Working Time Regulations, breaches of contract and the application of TUPE. He also undertakes advisory and drafting work in these areas.

Anthony has experience of acting for Claimants at all levels, from the shop floor up to senior employees (including acting, both at first instance and before the Employment Appeal Tribunal, for the Managing Director of a Football League club in connection with a claim for unfair dismissal). Anthony also has considerable experience of conducting multi-Claimant cases, including in claims arising out of collective redundancies and alleged breaches of discrimination law.

Anthony’s Respondent work similarly ranges from acting for small-scale employers with a handful of employees to representing large and complex organisations, including NHS Trusts, local authorities, outsourcing companies and household name and/or FTSE 100 companies.

Anthony’s background as a criminal advocate means that he is particularly adept at dealing with cases which call for difficult and/or robust cross-examination.

Anthony is an experienced advocate in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Anthony also has experience of appearing at internal disciplinary hearings (including multi-day hearings) on behalf of both employees and management.


Anthony is regularly instructed to represent both Claimants and Respondents in relation to claims arising out of all forms of discrimination, including sex, race, disability, age, religion and belief and sexual orientation.

Anthony’s experience ranges from dealing with cases alleging isolated instances of discrimination/ inappropriate conduct/racial abuse to complex multi-day cases involving alleged campaigns of discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

Anthony has experience of dealing with disability discrimination claims in relation to a wide range of disabilities, including those arising from physical conditions, mental illnesses and all manner of progressive and/or terminal disease. Anthony’s parallel experience in the field of personal injury give him an advantage in dealing with the complex medical issues that sometimes arise in such cases.

In addition to appearing before the Tribunal, Anthony also undertakes regular advisory and drafting work in relation to discrimination claims, including both drafting and responding to complex Scott Schedules.

Anthony has also conducted seminars in relation to various aspects of discrimination law, including in relation to age discrimination, discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief.


BA (Hons) Cantab (Magdalene College, Law)
Bromsgrove School

Appointments and Memberships

Employment Lawyers Association

Employment Law Bar Association


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