News and Publications

The judgment of the Court of Appeal in the recent case of Planon Limited v Gilligan is a cautionary reminder to employers that delay and the passage of time can defeat their prospects of obtaining injunctive relief....

Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2022
Alex Mellis addresses the decision of HHJ Ralton in Abrahart v University of Bristol...

Date: Tue, 24 May 2022
Kawsar Zaman has successfully acted for a British Gas servicing engineer who an Employment Tribunal has found was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against (disability) by the company...

Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2022
In R (White) v Police Medical Appeal Board [2022] EWHC 385 (Admin) the High Court today handed down guidance on the test to be applied when police officers claim for injury awards under the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006 (“2006 Regulations”) following an injury received in the execution of duty....

Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2022
No5's Changez Khan successfully acted for Sonia Warner, a civil servant, who brought claims for unconscious race discrimination...

Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021
Workplace vaccination continues to be a touchy subject...

Date: Tue, 05 Oct 2021
No5 Barristers' Chambers has again maintained its position as a leading set in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500...

Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2021
Workplace vaccination is a hot potato. Many employers want to know whether they can or should adopt...

Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2021
In the wake of Freedom Day on 19 July, Changez Khan and Naomi Owen consider Long-Covid as...

Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2021
Oliver Lawrence examines the approach taken by the Sewell report to the concept of institutional racism...

Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2021
What does it mean for a belief to not be worthy of respect in a democratic society?...

Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2021
The EAT has recently handed down judgment in Aston and ors v Chief Constable...

Date: Fri, 04 Jun 2021
No5 Barristers’ Chambers and Robert Hunter, of City Disabilities, explore issues of etiquette around disability and how to avoid causing offence....

Date: Thu, 27 May 2021
Consider the dilemma. An employer is struggling to manage an employee, whom it suspects may have autism....

Date: Tue, 04 May 2021
Kawsar Zaman has successfully represented, as leading junior, a group of 74 claimants against Carillion in a 10-day preliminary hearing at the Manchester Employment Tribunal....

Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2021
Gemma Roberts represented the successful Respondent before the Court of Appeal in Adedeji v University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust [2021] EWCA 21....

Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2021
Alex Mellis shares his experiences of Remote Hearings with 12 steps to better Remote hearings...

Date: Tue, 05 Jan 2021
This webinar is a comprehensive overview of what employers need to do to ensure they have complied with their obligations in any collective consultation process....

Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2020
A panel discussion about practical experience preparing for and conducting Employment Tribunal hearings via the cloud video platform (CVP), hearings in person and hybrid hearings....

Date: Fri, 06 Nov 2020
If you are looking to enforce a restrictive covenant in a business protection case, the High Court’s recent decision in Peltrade Ltd v Scanlan [2020] 9 WLUK 34 is a timely reminder of how not to do things....

Date: Tue, 08 Sep 2020
Update from Tony McDaid on No5's latest position during Covid-19...

Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2020
We are delighted to announce that three members of our Employment Group have been appointed as part time judges....

Date: Wed, 03 Jun 2020
In my previous two posts I referred to the protection against dismissal by sections 100(c),(d) and (e)...

Date: Thu, 21 May 2020
No5 Barristers’ Chambers is committed to protecting the mental health of its barristers, pupils and staff. We have been awarded the Bar Council’s Wellbeing Certificate of Recognition and have in place a robust Wellbeing Policy to provide such support....

Date: Mon, 18 May 2020
The Government has now published its guidance on the steps employers...

Date: Fri, 15 May 2020
The Government is consulting employers and trade unions about 'guidance'...

Date: Tue, 12 May 2020
On Wednesday 15 April 2020, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, gave a Direction to HMRC...

Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2020
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. So the famous saying goes...

Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2020
Update 9 April 15:48: Phone lines now functioning...

Date: Thu, 09 Apr 2020
On the 1st April 2020 HMCTS published a note on the Civil Court Listing Priorities. This is divided into two sections: - Priority 1 work includes work that ­­­must be done and Priority 2...

Date: Thu, 02 Apr 2020
This note attempts to summarise the current working practice for Courts and Tribunals in England and Wales: is the court or tribunal simply closed, open for certain business or operating new remote procedures?...

Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2020
At this time of unprecedented national public health emergency, we would like to update you as to how we will maintain our Employment Law services....

Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2020
Counsel at No5 Barristers’ Chambers has successfully acted for two police officers...

Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2020
No5 have set up the facility to host virtual mediations and round table meetings....

Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2020
Mobile numbers for management...

Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2020
The steps No5 are taking to help minimise the spread of COVID-19....

Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2020
Could menopause be impacting on the poor rates of retention of women at senior levels?...

Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2020
Counsel from No5 Barristers’ Chambers has been named Barrister of the Year in leading legal sector awards...

Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2020
Two barristers from No5 Barristers’ Chambers, the UK’s largest set of chambers, are to be appointed to Her Majesty’s Queen’s Counsel by the Lord Chancellor at a ceremony taking place at Westminster Hall on Monday 16th March....

Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2020
Two counsel from No5 Barristers’ Chambers have been shortlisted in the Barrister of the Year category for the Modern Law Awards 2020....

Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2020
Christmas opening hours...

Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2019
Leanne Buckley-Thomson writes about being a mother, her passion for her job & on returning to work...

Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2019
As the Bar Council marks 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which first allowed women to practise as lawyers, Nabila Mallick of No5 Barrister’s Chambers, speaks about her experience as a Muslim woman at the Bar....

Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2019
Employment barristers will be sharing their expertise on workers status in Birmingham and London this month...

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019
No5 Barristers' Chambers ranked in leading Chambers UK 2020 Guide...

Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2019
No5 Barristers’ Chambers has once again confirmed its standing as one of the leading sets of barristers in the country in the annual Legal 500....

Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2019
Richard Adkinson will take up the role of a Salaried Employment Judge of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales)...

Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2019
Two cricket tournaments staged by No5 Barristers’ Chambers in memory of a late member have raised a total of £3,375 for the national charity of the Bar – Advocate....

Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2019
The severability of post-employment restrictive covenants...

Date: Mon, 08 Jul 2019
The Court of Appeal has today handed down judgment in the case of the Chief Constable of Norfolk Police...

Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2019
No5 Barristers’ Chambers has been officially recognised for the mutual support its barristers and staff provide to ensure their continued wellbeing....

Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2019
Last week the Court of Appeal handed down this important judgment...

Date: Tue, 21 May 2019
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has announced its list of preferred counsel, instructed to...

Date: Fri, 17 May 2019
Appointments to the Attorney General's civil panel counsel for 2019....

Date: Wed, 08 May 2019
The reach of the Supreme Court's decision in the goods and services discrimination complaint...

Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2019
An employment tribunal ruling could affect the employment rights of thousands of peripatetic music teachers across the UK....

Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2019
In the recent case of Awan v. ICTS UK Ltd [2018] 11WLUK 385 (Simler J, President) the EAT confirmed and strengthened previous decisions (Aspden v. Webbs Poultry [1996] IRLR 251, Briscoe v. Lubrizol Ltd [2002] IRLR 607, amongst others) to the effect that a term will be implied into contracts of employment that "once the employee has become entitled to payment of disability income due under the long-term disability plan, the employer will not dismiss him on the grounds of his continuing incapacity to work”.  But is this apparently Claimant-friendly decision potentially a two-edged sword?...

Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2018
Brangwyn v South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust [2018] EWCA Civ 2235; [2018] 10 WLUK 205; 11 October 2018....

Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Law students at Wolverhampton University will have the chance to learn from an expert during a seminar next month (December) which is being led by a leading Birmingham barrister....

Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Race pay reporting fell under the spotlight for a panel discussion for the employment law group at No5 Barristers’ Chambers annual employment seminars in Birmingham and London....

Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2018
Jack Feeny represents MoJ against whistleblower's unfair dismissal claims...

Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2018
Anthony Korn sums up the Supreme Court’s much publicised ruling in Lee  v Ashers Baking C...

Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2018
In Patel v Folkestone Nursing Home Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 1689 the Court of Appeal gave clarificat...

Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2018
Following a line of decisions in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Court of Appeal  in City o...

Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2018
On 9 June 2018, the Trade Secrets (Enforcement, etc) Regulations 2018 came into force. Any employee wanting to steal Mr Willy Wonka’s secret candy recipes had better watch out as it applies to anyone who is an "infringer” of "trade secrets”....

Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2018
The ‘gig’ economy cases, scattered throughout the different tiers of varying jurisdictions of courts and tribunals, excite much interest when the latest decision is published and flashed across the media. ...

Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2018
Does Burchell face an uncertain future? Arnold J’s ruling in British Home Stores Ltd v Burche...

Date: Thu, 31 May 2018
Jack Feeny and Tom Perry will each share their expertise during Sexual Harassment event held by North West Employment Law Group...

Date: Fri, 25 May 2018
When considering the postponement of an interim relief hearing, can counsel's availability amoun...

Date: Wed, 16 May 2018
Crucial rulings affecting thousands of workers in the fast - growing "gig" economy will in...

Date: Sun, 13 May 2018
The term “Vento bands” has been a known short-hand to Employment Law practitioners eve...

Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The full-time gender-pay gap has been decreasing since 1975, however there is still at 16% differenc...

Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2018
ACAS The first port of call for any investigating officer (“IO”) is the ACAS Code of Pr...

Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Does knowledge that a contract of employment is not temporary (contrary to immigration law) render i...

Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2018
A key seminar which aims to offer an overview and refresher of changes to TUPE is to be hosted by No5 Barristers’ Chambers....

Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Anthony Korn highlights some lessons from the much publicised and controversial tribunal ruling in A...

Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2016
One area of law where Brexit may have an impact is employment law. Leaving aside Treaty obliga...

Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016
Postscript The ruling of the First Tier Tribunal has been upheld by the Upper Tribunal (Tax and cha...

Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2016
Every year the Government reviews and uprates the level of employment protection payments.  The...

Date: Thu, 26 May 2016
Today the Supreme Court in Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc (Respondent) [2016] UKSC 11 handed...

Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2016
How odd, you might think. A company can suffer a detriment under the Equality Act 2010 and so bring ...

Date: Wed, 07 Oct 2015
In certain occupations, it is common for the employment contract to require the employee to sleep ov...

Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2015
In R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor [2015] EWCA Civ 935, the Court of Appeal has r...

Date: Mon, 07 Sep 2015