Joel Wallace Employment

Call: 2015


Joel maintains a busy practice that centres on his three legal interests: employment law, commercial/insolvency law, and law in sports.

Since joining St Philips in 2017, post-pupillage, Joel has undertaken work in a number of forums, including the High Court (in both its appellate and first-instance jurisdictions), the Employment Appeal Tribunal, and before sports arbitral panels/commissions. Joel also sits on the FA’s Anti-Discrimination Chairman’s Panel.

Advocacy and trial strategy formed the keystone of Joel’s training. Under the tutelage of David Maxwell and Amit Gupta. Joel observed and assisted in a range of disputes, including restraint of trade, derivative actions, Human Rights Act civil claims, discrimination claims, bankruptcy petitions, and directors’ disqualifications.

At university, Joel was a keen moot competitor and had considerable success: he placed second in City Law School’s BPTC moot despite being a GDL student, and competed in the Telders Public International Law Moot as a member of the UCL team.

Joel’s personal interests are diverse. Joel cooks Peruvian, speaks Norwegian and frequents Scotland. He undertakes volunteer work and, when time allows, enjoys playing five-a-side football.

Qualifications and Appointments

  • The FA’s National Anti-Discrimination Chairman Panel
  • Member of Middle Temple


  • BPTC (BPP) – Very Competent
  • LLM (UCL) – Merit
  • GDL (City) – Commendation
  • BA Theology (Nott) – First-Class Hons

Scholarships and Awards

  • Middle Temple – Queen Mother Scholarship (Middle Temple’s most prestigious scholarship)
  • Middle Temple – Blackstone Exhibition
  • BPP – BPTC Excellence Award
  • BPP – Advocacy Scholarship


  • Norwegian (fluent)



Joel frequently attends employment tribunals and civil courts to act for a range of litigants, including white-collar corporations, retail chains, franchises, social clubs, and charities. Joel is also instructed by claimant employees and workers.

He has appeared in multi-day trials involving a number of issues, from race, religion and disability discrimination to bonus pay claims . Joel is also equipped to advise and act in employment and commercial matters that arise from breach of contract, restrictive covenants, employer insolvency, service-provision changes, and business M&As.

Recent cases include;

  • Successfully appealing a tribunal decision to disallow amendments to the ET1.
  • Acting for successful parties in multi-day breach of contract and bonus pay claims.
  • Successfully defending against whistleblowing detriment complaints against a social care and housing provider.
  • Successfully defending a franchisee against discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.
  • Acting for and advising a local authority on a series of TUPE-based claims.
  • Advising an administrator on litigation strategy and the effect of RPO claims.
  • Successfully obtaining deposit orders on a series of claims for a national grocery firm.
  • Advising company directors on the enforceability of restrictive covenants.
  • Defending a financial consultancy against a commercial claim for non-payment of a consultant’s fees.
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