Employment

Becket Chambers’ Employment team regularly represent employees and employers in tribunals and courts in all types of employment and employment-related matters including discrimination, disability and unfair dismissal for reasons ranging from pregnancy to injury to alleged criminal behaviour, TUPE transfers, constructive dismissal, maternity regulations and redundancy.

Our Barristers regularly represent employers and employees at Employment Tribunals across the South East.

Advisory service

We can also work with you in an advisory capacity. Members of the Employment team are available to attend round-table meetings, and will give you honest and pragmatic advice on the merits of your claim. We aim for our advice to help you at an early enough stage to avoid litigation. If a case does proceed, we can advise you on the evidence you’ll need to get to support your position, and work with you to help you achieve a suitable compromise settlement.

Our expertise

Our expertise includes:

  • Discrimination (sex, race, disability and age-related)
  • Employment-related human rights
  • Equal Pay
  • European Community Law
  • Injunctive relief
  • Parental rights
  • Redundancy
  • Restraint of trade and breach of confidence
  • Trade union law and industrial relations
  • Transfer of Undertakings
  • Unfair and wrongful dismissal.

We can also advise you on drafting contracts of employment, handbooks and compromise agreements.

Case Studies

Supporting an equal pay claim

Paul was instructed under the Direct Access scheme to assist in the preliminary stages and advise on an ‘as and when needed basis’ in connection with a claim for equal pay arising from a female Financial Director employed for substantially less than her male comparator, and for unpaid overtime in excess of £10,000. In order Continue reading

Employment Articles

An increase for injury to feelings: the Vento Bands and compensation in discrimination claims

When an employee accuses their employer of discrimination (for example on grounds of disability, sex or race) they can ask the Employment Tribunal to make the employer compensate them for “injury to feelings”. This award isn’t aimed at punishing the employer but at compensating the employee for the hurt, humiliation and upset suffered. It is Continue reading

Early Conciliation

In my last article I looked at some of the procedural hurdles which need to be dealt with when considering making a claim to the Employment Tribunal; in this article I will consider the Early Conciliation process which all claimants need to undertake before they can make a claim. Early Conciliation The purpose of Early Continue reading

Making a Tribunal Claim

Employment Tribunals were originally set up in the 1960s as a forum for employers and employees to settle disputes quickly, easily and cheaply between themselves without the need to involve lawyers; sadly, like so many dreams from those simpler times, those sensible ideals have disappeared under the weight of fifty years of reality, political interference, Continue reading