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Employment Law

Employment Law

Matrix’s employment law team is ranked as Band 1 by Chambers & Partners and was named Set of the Year in 2014. We were also named Legal 500 Employment Set of the Year 2015. Individual members have been nominated for and won all of the major individual awards over the last 3 years. We provide a wealth of experience in a number of areas, providing advice, advocacy, training and expertise for both claimants and defendants/respondents.

We have acted in cases at all levels from the Employment Tribunal and High Court to the Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union and European Court of Human Rights. Our experience also extends to providing advice and representation in the Central Arbitration Committee and before other regulatory and disciplinary bodies. Our members, renowned for their independence and thoroughness, are increasingly in demand in internal investigations – we conduct audits, grievance and disciplinary investigations with impartiality.

Our team brings together members who specialise in different areas of law that intersect with employment law, particularly discrimination and equality, those with a European dimension (for example, equal pay, the Working Time Directive, and the transfer of undertakings), commercial employment law (including the restraint of trade, the law of confidential information, and executive terminations), media and data protection, and the free movement of workers regime under EU law.

Injunctions Hotline

Matrix has a team of barristers with experience in applying for injunctions and responding to such application in commercial and employment cases, including breach of contact, restrictive covenants, team moves, garden leave, confidential information, ‘springboard’ injunctions, search orders, and freezing orders. All our staff are able to assist you with these enquiries, but if you require urgent assistance at any time, you can call out dedicated injunctions hotline: +44(0)20 7611 7977.

Notable 2015 and 2016 cases:

  • R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor [2015] EWCA Civ 935: Challenge to the new Employment Tribunal fee regime. This case is now heading to the Supreme Court
  • Walker v Innospec Ltd & Ors [2015] EWCA Civ 1000: Court of Appeal ruling that the claimant’s civil partner was entitled to a pension on the claimant’s death even though the claimant’s service occurred entirely prior to the coming into force of the law prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
  • Chestertons v Nurmohamed Appeal No. UKEAT/0335/14/DM: Pending Court of Appeal case. Groundbreaking case formulating the public interest test in whistleblowing law.
  • Pestell v Nomura: high profile whistleblowing case. A banker who claims he lost his job after raising concerns about his employer has lost a preliminary hearing at an employment tribunal in London.
  • Dismissals as a result of foreign exchange fixing. Acting for various financial institutions, instructed by several magic circle firms.
  • National College for Teaching & Leadership v Razwan Faraz: Acted employment and professional conduct proceedings concerning the so-called “Trojan Horse teachers” who are accused of the Islamification of schools in Birmingham.
  • B and C v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police: Complex and unusual public interest disclosure case in the Leeds Employment Tribunal. Acting for two undercover police officers in the regional crime squad.
  • Sharpe v Bishop of Worcestor[2015] EWCA Civ 399: Court of Appeal case acting for the Church of England. This case involves the employment status of clergymen and clergywomen; employment law issues complicated by their interplay with ecclesiastical law.
  • Campbell v Lehman Bros & Merriman: Acting for the successful respondents (including a Member of Parliament) in a high-profile claim of sexual harassment and victimisation brought by a lawyer.

This snapshot of some of our most recent cases demonstrates that our members are in demand for the most high-profile, high value, and legally challenging employment cases in the UK, often acting for different sides in the same dispute. Our directory rankings and the sheer number of reported cases earned by members of the team show that the Matrix employment group punches far above its weight.

We are user-friendly and accessible, and provide a prompt and quality service. The practice team have a deep understanding of the employment law world, and are always willing to offer creative and cost-effective solutions for clients. Members are instructed on different sides in the same litigation and we have strong procedures in place for ensuring complete confidentiality within Matrix.

We are also active in the employment law community, working with the Bar Pro Bono unit and Employment Law Appeal Advice Scheme. Our members are frequently invited to speak at conferences, training events and live broadcasts, and we write regularly on employment law issues.

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Mark Afeeva
Mark Afeeva
Called: 1997
Claire Darwin
Claire Darwin
Called: 2005
Sarah Hannett
Sarah Hannett
Called: 2003
Sir Anthony Hooper
Sir Anthony Hooper
Called: 1965 Silk: 1987
Associate
Darryl Hutcheon
Darryl Hutcheon
Called: 2014
Thomas Kibling
Thomas Kibling
Called: 1990
James Laddie QC
James Laddie QC
Called: 1995 Silk: 2012
Thomas Linden
Thomas Linden QC
Called: 1989 Silk: 2006
Aileen McColgan
Aileen McColgan
Called: 2001
Gavin Millar QC
Gavin Millar QC
Called: 1981 Silk: 2000
Eleni Mitrophanous
Eleni Mitrophanous
Called: 1999
Karon Monaghan QC
Karon Monaghan QC
Called: 1989 Silk: 2008
Prof. Gillian Morris
Prof. Gillian Morris
Called: 1997
Academic
Helen Mountfield QC
Helen Mountfield QC
Called: 1991 Silk: 2010
Paul Nicholls QC
Paul Nicholls QC
Called: 1992 Silk: 2012
Aidan O’Neill QC (Scot)
Aidan O’Neill QC (Scot)
Called: 1996 Silk: 1999
Laura Prince
Laura Prince
Called: 2003
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Mathew Purchase
Called: 2002
Nicholas Randall QC
Nicholas Randall QC
Called: 1990 Silk: 2013
Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith
Called: 2008
Daniel Squires QC
Dan Squires QC
Called: 1998 Silk: 2016
Antony White QC
Antony White QC
Called: 1983 (England & Wales) Silk: 2001 Called: 2016 (Northern Ireland)