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Charles Crow Employment

Charles specialises in all aspects of employment law, acting for both Respondents and Claimants at hearings and in an advisory capacity. He has particular experience in the areas of: unfair dismissal, including redundancy; discrimination; TUPE; and contractual claims.

As well as frequently representing union and insurance backed individual Claimants, Charles is frequently instructed by local authorities, NHS Trusts, Schools/Colleges, airlines and employment agencies. He is well used to the marshalling of significant amounts of material in multi-day/week hearings.

As well as an increasing appellate practice, Charles has also been involved in both judicial and non-judicial mediations and is now an accredited mediator himself.

Instructions are accepted on a direct access basis.


Charles was called to the Bar in 1999, having passed his Bar examinations at the Inns of Court School of Law. Whilst training for the Bar he won both a Hardwicke Scholarship and a Tancred Studentship from Lincoln's Inn.

Authorised to receive instructions on a direct access basis

Accredited Mediator


Employment Lawyers Association
Birmingham Law Society's Employment Law Committee


"He is an excellent advocate; he thoroughly prepares beyond anything I would expect and he gets on famously with lay clients." "His approachability is definitely a strength and he gets more out of the client. He is very persuasive and puts forward his argument in a professional way." 
Chambers UK, 2017

‘A methodical and structured practitioner.’
Legal 500, 2016

"He holds your attention and inspires confidence." "His strengths are his responsiveness, his handling of clients, his dedication and his intelligence."
Chambers UK, 2016

‘Responsive, articulate, confident and intelligent.'
Legal 500, 2015

"He is a real battler. He is very sharp and thinks quickly. He goes the extra mile and wants to get the right result." "He is superb in court and has great arguments. He challenges and has sound judgement regarding the prospects of a case." 
Chambers UK 2015

Charles Crow ‘He goes the extra mile to secure the right result.’
Legal 500 2014

Charles Crow has considerable expertise in claims involving discrimination based on religion or belief. He also regularly handles unfair dismissal cases and is adept at dealing with these claims for both employers and employees. “If he's available I'll always advise clients to use him. Everything about him is excellent. He's technically brilliant, and good with clients.“
Chambers UK 2014

Charles Crow ‘gets to grips with vast amounts of detail and grasps the key issues quickly’, and is ‘excellent on his feet’. 
Legal 500 2013

Charles Crow is an "extremely intelligent" barrister with a fast-growing employment law practice. He "skilfully fights his client's corner" by putting arguments in an innovative way, according to those instructing him. 
Chambers UK 2013

Charles Crow is ‘destined to go to the very top of his profession’.
Legal 500 2012

The newly ranked Charles Crow "quickly grasps complex technical issues" and "fights his client's corner with gusto," according to sources.
Chambers & Partners 2012

“He was excellent with our witnesses, was very well-informed about the nature of our business and therefore understood our values.  I would definitely instruct him again.” – Employee Relations Manager, Royal Mencap Society


Henry & Others v. London Care & others (2017) – 3 day preliminary hearing and impending EAT appeal concerning service provision change in the care industry.

Valentine v. Thera East [2017] IRLR 878 - Before HHJ Richardson; an appeal in relation to payments to a peripatetic carer for travel to and from care appointments at the beginning and end of the day, and the jurisdiction of a Tribunal to consider a claim not in fact argued by a litigant in person.

Morgan v. Royal Mencap [2016] IRLR 428 - Before Simler, J (P); an appeal concerning the public interest provision in Whistleblowing/Protected Disclosure cases, and the limitations on a Tribunal’s power to strike out a whistleblowing case on the grounds of it lacking reasonable prospects.

Hamblett v. The Humberside Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company Limited & others (2015-16) – 14 day (not including remedy) unfair dismissal and disability discrimination case involving a probation officer and arising from the completion of offender records.

Rogers v. United Care Limited (2015) – 7 day (not including remedy) constructive unfair dismissal and disability discrimination case, involving a care home manager.

Ore v. Dudley (2015) – 8 day unfair dismissal and whistleblowing case

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AZ v. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (2014) – 10 day (not including remedy) unfair dismissal case, involving a Consultant Surgeon, followed by separate remedies hearing.  At the remedy hearing the sum of £93,306 was awarded by way of compensation, and an award of wasted costs.  Links to press:




Hurley v. Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust (2011) – 6 day (not including remedy) unfair dismissal case

Howell v. Easyjet (2011) – pilot, protected disclosures regarding flying hours/limitations/fatigue; detriment suffered

Hamilton v. West Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust (2011) – acting for the NHS Trust, unfair dismissal (criminal offences outside of the workplace)

Walcott v. Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust (2011) – acting for the Trust, discrimination and harassment

Quashie v. Methodist Homes Housing Association [2011] UKEAT/0422/11/DM – ET procedure

Hurley v Wye Valley NHS Trust (2011) – 10 day unfair dismissal (capability/misconduct) ITU nurse

Bishop v. Carlisle Staffing (2010) – unfair dismissal (redundancy), flexible working, maternity leave/sex discrimination, detriment

Nazir & Aslam v. Asim UKEAT/0332/09; [2010]ICR1225, [2010] EqLR 142-155, [2010] ALL ER (D) 113 (Aug) - RRA, ET procedure/unincorporated associations - remitted hearing following EAT decision, 6 days, costs awarded in favour of Respondents

Harber v. Kelly Residential UKEAT/0105/CEA - Human Rights, right to representation at internal disciplinary proceedings, ‘substitution’ by Employment Tribunal, limits of EAT’s appellate jurisdiction

Bryan v. Reverend Enever – employee status (church organist), unfair dismissal

Cpt. Mason v. Thomas Cook (Telegraph, 20 March 2009) – acted for Thomas Cook in multi-day, publicised unfair dismissal claim

Dr Elaine Storkey v. Wycliffe Hall (unreported, Times 8th January 2008)
 - religious discrimination

Chohan v. Derby Law Centre [2004] IRLR 685; [2004] ALL ER (D) 132 (Apr)

Birmingham City Council v. Mtize; and others [2004] IRLR 516

Cases at first instance involving the recovery of compensation in excess of £90,000 and £60,000