The Employment Group offers a full range of advisory and advocacy services in all courts and tribunals nationwide, and in European jurisdictions.

At No5, our team of Employment barristers are highly skilled and very approachable. We are recognised as leaders in our field by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. 

The Group advise and represent a broad range of employers as well as employees. Clients include both public and private sector organisations, from NHS Trusts to SMEs, the transport industry and pharmaceuticals through to local authorities and county councils.

Our barristers are tenacious advocates with an eye for detail, distilling cases down to their key points. We go the extra mile to ensure that clients and witnesses are put at ease, whether that be in the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, or the higher appellate courts.

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

Place your confidence in us: we look forward to being part of your team.


We offer barristers with expertise across all disciplines including NHS/healthcare, social work, academia/education sector, law, finance and banking, journalism, local and central government, sport and the military.  Our areas of expertise include:

  • Unfair Dismissal and Redundancy
  • All forms of discrimination; disability, race, sex, age, sexual orientation and religious
  • Equal Pay
  • Industrial Action
  • Trade Unions and the Rights of Trade Union Members
  • Executive Contracts and Wrongful Dismissal
  • Restrictive Covenants, Confidential Information and Garden Leave
  • Transfer of Undertakings
  • Whistleblowing and protected disclosures
  • Discrimination in the provision of goods and services
  • Settlement agreements and NDAs
  • Injunctions
  • Investigations

Members of the Group deliver training in employment and discrimination law on behalf of individual trade unions, the Bar Standards Board, the West Midlands and North West Employment Law Groups and for professional clients.  Members are also frequently invited to deliver seminars, write articles and provide media commentary.


Counsel have been involved in cases which are leading authorities on thorny employment issues such as equal pay and perceived disability discrimination. A solicitor enthuses: "They are all very confident, conscientious and good with clients."
Chambers UK 2021

An 'excellent pool of barristers specialising in various fields'.
Legal 500 2021

Members are frequently instructed to act in unfair dismissal, discrimination, TUPE and whistle-blowing cases. It’s clients include employers and individuals in the healthcare, education and retail industries, as well as a range of public bodies. One solicitor describes the set as "a class outfit," adding: "It is professional, responsive and efficient." Several well-publicised Court of Appeal cases feature in the set's recent caseload.
Chambers UK 2020

"The clerking team is approachable and proactive." "The clerks at No5 are friendly and helpful."
Chambers UK 2019

No5 Barristers' Chambers has solid expertise in employment, with members active in cases involving unfair dismissal, restrictive covenants, whistleblowing and a wide range of discrimination claims. 
Legal 500 2019

No5 Barristers' Chambers offers a highly respected team of employment practitioners noted for their handling of all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, TUPE and whistle-blowing claims, on behalf of individuals and employers from both the public and private sectors. Among other leading cases, members were recently instructed in Coffey v The Chief Constable of Norfolk Police, likely to become the legal standard for disability discrimination by perception, and Professor Pitcher v University of Oxford and St John’s College Oxford, a challenge to an allegedly ageist retirement policy. Interviewees describe No5 as a "very professional" and "very impressive" set of chambers with "a good, solid employment offering."
Chambers UK 2018

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