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.


No5 Barristers' Chambers provides a strong offering in the employment law space, with a well-established presence. Members are regularly instructed in complex unfair dismissal and discrimination matters in fora ranging from the Employment Tribunal to the Court of Appeal. The barristers serve both private and public sector clients, and the set is favoured by the NHS among other public bodies. Counsel have been involved in cases which are leading authorities on thorny employment issues such as equal pay and perceived disability discrimination. One source reports: "They have excellent depth and breadth across the range of counsel."
Chambers UK 2023

"No5 has good strength in depth, with some excellent senior counsel."
"Excellent chambers. Go-to chambers on employment tribunal matters. All the barristers are good."
"Is the first choice of chambers when seeking counsel for employment law matters. It has a reasonable selection of counsel at all levels."
"Chambers has a very good breadth of barristers at different costs levels."
"No5 set as a whole is very approachable, consistently delivering good advice legally and commercially."
"Impressive strength in depth."
"Very good value for money and excellent choice of barristers."
Legal 500 2023

"Chambers has a large number of tenants that are key members of the employment group that I would highly recommend."
"Is an excellent Chambers, I have nothing but praise for the Chambers as a whole including barristers and clerks."
"Chambers are exceptional. The employment team has a strong head of team supported by exceptional clerking teams."Legal 500 2022

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


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