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The Employment Group offers a full range of advisory and advocacy services in all courts and tribunals in England and Wales, as well as representation in Jersey and other European jurisdictions.

Our Barristers are acknowledged as leaders in the field by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Some sit as Part -Time Employment Judges.

Our services are also available to in-house legal advisors and others by Direct Professional Access and Public Access

We offer Barristers with expertise across a range of specialist areas including:

  • Unfair Dismissal
  • All forms of discrimination; Disability, Race, Sex, Age, Sexual Orientation and Religious
  • Equal Pay
  • Industrial Action
  • Executive Contracts and Wrongful Dismissal
  • Restrictive Covenants, Confidential Information and Garden Leave
  • Transfer of Undertakings
  • Whistleblowing 
  • Discrimination in the provision of goods and services
  • Injunctions
  • Investigations


A very impressive range of barristers who are highly skilled and very approachable.

"The Chambers is administered very efficiently. I have always found the practice manager of the employment group, Martin Ellis, very approachable. He is extremely skilful at matching clients with barristers who have empathy and consideratble expertise.
Chambers UK 2017

No5 Chambers has ‘a strong employment group’, where counsel act for a range of employers and employees.
Legal 500 2016

 "The clerking team is efficient and friendly". "Practice manager Martin Ellis is always personable and very organised."
Chambers UK 2016

No5 Chambers' impressive team’ not only provides advisory and advocacy services across England and Wales for public and private sector entities, but also offers representation in other European jurisdictions.
Legal 500 2015

No5 Chambers retains its position as a leading employment set on the Midland Circuit. It attracts instructions on a range of matters arising in the public and private sectors, and offers particular expertise in proceedings involving health, retail and fashion. Where appropriate, members of the set who are authorised to do so will accept instructions directly from clients. 

 "The barristers at No5 are very easy to work with, well prepared, their advice is usually spot on, and they are very good at building a rapport with the clients. The employment clerks, led by Martin Ellis, work closely with us. They are very responsive and more than happy to try and accommodate any particular request we have."
Chambers UK 2015

No5 Chambers’ ‘very strong' employment team is well regarded by large employers. Members act for public and quasi-public bodies, such as trade unions, NHS trusts and local authorities. Practitioners also have a following in private industry. The set handles cases across England and Wales, as well as in a number of other European jurisdictions. 
Legal 500 2014

No5 remains one of the first ports of call for solicitors' firms on the Midlands Circuit. The set is committed to direct access, and many of its members take instructions directly from clients. The clerks are praised for their clarity on availability, their flexibility on costs and their willingness to suggest juniors where appropriate.
"They are well resourced for employment law, with experienced and cost-effective barristers."
Chambers & Partners 2014

No5 Chambers is a "one-stop shop for employment law" adding ''Both clerks and barristers at the set are noted for being "approachable and flexible," and the members here are experienced in the full spectrum of employment matters. 
Chambers & Partners 2013
''No5 Chambers’ employment team is ‘extremely helpful and co-operative’, and ‘the clerking is always second to none’. 
Legal 500 2012
"No5 Chambers is noted for its depth of expertise in the field, with over 30 of the set's members dedicating a proportion of their practice to employment law work. An efficient and well-organised clerking team further adds to the set's lustre." 
Chambers & Partners 2012
"No5 Chambers has an ‘excellent reputation within the employment field’."
Legal 500, 2011
is a firm favourite with clients and instructing solicitors due to the depth and expertise it offers, its 'attentive' clerking and its facility for cultivating good working relationships."
Chambers & Partners 2011
"No5 Chambers employment group, the strongest on the circuit, provides an 'excellent, efficient and user friendly service."
Legal 500, 2010
"Solicitors enthuse that this leading set is always a pleasure to work with, especially as it is "quick to leap into action when a swift turnaround of papers is required." Popular with clients too, it is seen as a cost-effective choice for all employment matters, and most especially detailed discrimination and unfair dismissal cases."
Chambers & Partners 2010