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“…[S]ome areas of employment law can, however regrettably, involve real complication, both procedural and substantial; and even the most wary can on occasion stumble into a legal bear-trap.” – Lord Justice Underhill

Whilst employment law is hugely rewarding, it can also be tricky to navigate, difficult to understand and a lonely practice area. Our commercial and civil law counterparts benefit from large numbers, vast resources, and numerous networking events, but there are few safe havens or targeted training schemes for junior employment lawyers.

The Junior Employment Group focuses on providing pragmatic support and entertainment away from billable hours and precedents. This centres on fostering relationships across employment lawyers, openly discussing practical ways in providing the best service to clients and navigating common pitfalls where there is no such thing as a stupid question.

Through the Junior Employment Group, St Philips Employment Group provides junior employment lawyers with publications, training sessions drawing on real life experiences and events that help all employment lawyers grow their own networks.

Our Junior Employment Group Barristers:

Please get in touch with our dedicated employment clerking team with any questions regarding our service and expertise.

Oliver Edwards, Janita Patel, Georgia Coleyshaw and Harie Bariana.

employment@st-philips.com +44 (0) 121 246 7015
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Julie Duane

Costs Consequences – Tribunal Orders a detailed costs assessment

In November 2023 Julie Duane represented the Respondent, a Local Authority, in its application for costs of almost £200,000 against a Claimant.  Following a separate complex and multi-faceted final hearing...

Julie Duane

Claimant awarded damages in excess of £25k

In October 2023 Julie Duane represented the Claimant during a multi-day final hearing. On the first day of the hearing the Claimant’s application to strike out the response was successful...

Elizabeth Hodgetts

Elizabeth Hodgetts successfully co-appeals in Employment Appeal Tribunal

Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary, Chief Constable of West Midlands Constabulary, & Secretary of State for Home Department v Clark & Bell; EAT Judgment (Eady J, President) handed down 23...

Patrick Keith

All claims dismissed in case where Patrick Keith represented the...

In April-May 2023 Patrick Keith represented the National Crime Agency in a four-week trial concerning whistleblowing, disability discrimination, harassment, victimisation, holiday pay, working time regulations, various breaches of contract and...

Petar Starcecvic

Petar Starcevic secures dismissal of all claims against Birmingham City...

Following a four-week trial in June, Petar Starcevic was successful in securing the dismissal of all claims against Birmingham City Council in a whistleblowing, disability discrimination and victimisation case.

Sophie Garner

Fernandes v DWP – test in relation to time limits...

Sophie Garner represented the Respondent in this case, in which the Claimant had appealed the ET’s decision to strike out their claim of failure to make a reasonable adjustment. The...

Tamsin Sandiford

Tamsin Sandiford successfully defends Respondent in unfair dismissal claim in...

The Claimant was dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct in respect of abusive and threatening messages he had sent to a junior colleague. He brought a claim of unfair...

St Philips Chambers Atrium

Employment Law Conference, 13 September & 12 October 2023

We are delighted that St Philips Employment annual conference is back! This highly popular event, taking place in both Birmingham and Leeds, has returned and this year features some highly...

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Welcoming Ashannay Davis as an Intern at Chambers

This week we are delighted to host Ashannay Davis in Chambers as part of the 10,000 Black Interns. Ashannay will be spending a busy week shadowing barristers from across our specialist...

Julie Duane

Julie Duane acts for the Respondent in successfully defending all...

On 27 June 2023 the Employment Appeal Tribunal (Judge Susan Walker) handed down Judgment in A v Carers Trust South East Wales [2023] EAT 80, which provides useful clarification as...