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Dominic Bayne

Called Called in 1997

Email BSc (Hons) Physics, University of Durham. Dip Law, College of Law, Guildford


About Dominic Bayne

Dominic is recognised as one of the leading barristers in the North East in the field of employment law; which he combines with significant commercial litigation and personal injury practices.

For a number of years Dominic has been recommended by Chambers and Partners, and is currently one of a handful of employment practitioners in the North East to be rated on Band 1. They have described him variously as incredibly intelligent, articulate, and good at winning client confidence’; as being ‘a strong and formidable opponent’; and as ‘having a wonderful manner in Court’.  Judicial comments have included praise for ‘his thorough and well-presented written and oral submissions’ and for his ‘astute and effective’ cross examination.

 Dominic moved to Newcastle in 2002, having previously practised from Plowden Buildings in London. He brings to his work experience of a broad range of practice areas, and of appellate Courts up to and including the Supreme Court.  He prides himself on being approachable and pragmatic, and in providing easily accessible client-focussed advice.

 In 2012 he was appointed to the Attorney General’s regional panel of junior Counsel to the Crown. He is contributing editor of Jordan's Employment Law.

 When not at work, Dominic enjoys walking his 3 springer spaniels in the Durham Dales; and showing off his skills as a magician.

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Personal Details

Education: BSc (Hons) Physics, University of Durham. Dip Law, College of Law, Guildford
Professional Associations: Employment Lawyers Association (ELA); Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
Appointments: Attorney General's regional panel of junior Counsel to the Crown

Specialist Practice Areas


Chambers & Partners 2018 ( Band 2)

A well-trusted litigator with an impressive track record in all facets of employment law including discrimination and equal pay claims. He has a broad and diverse practice representing both private and public sector clients, ranging from large-scale organisations to individuals.

Strengths: "He's a very calm, measured counsellor. He's very bright and good with clients." "He is good at understanding what the client is looking to achieve from an early stage and that's reflected in his advice."

Recent work: Acted for Sunderland City Council in a high-value disability discrimination claim, involving over 15 separate alleged failures to make reasonable adjustments over about three years.

Legal 500 2017

"A strong and calm advocate who is good with clients."

Chambers & Partners 2017 (Band 1)

Strengths: "He is very studious, very logical and a talented advocate." "He's very thorough, level-headed and straightforward."

Recent Work: Appeared in a ten-day discrimination claim, Aslam v Derby CC, which concerned around 25 allegations of discrimination over a period of seven years, inclusive of harassment, denial of opportunity of advancement through promotion and victimisation owing to prior grievances.

Chambers & Partners 2016

Focuses on employment disputes on behalf of both public sector organisations and individual claimants. He shows particular skill in equal pay and discrimination matters, but also has considerable experience in cases of whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and restrictive covenants. 

Strengths: "He has a wonderful manner in court and is great at getting to the nub of the issue in cross-examination." 

Recent work: Acted in Greenslade v Next Distribution Ltd, a case concerning disability discrimination and unfair dismissal.

Chambers & Partners 2015

Handles respondent work for public clients and receives instructions from government in his position as regional treasury counsel. He also handles important claimant matters relating to discrimination, equal pay, unfair dismissals, TUPE, redundancy and whistle-blowing issues.

Expertise: "His manner is very considered and belies the fact that he is extremely effective as an advocate and gets into the details really deeply."

Recent work: Acted for Hartlepool BC on a 12-day whistle-blowing and unfair dismissal case.

Chambers & Partners 2014 (Band 1) 

Focuses his practice on employment disputes, and is widely recognised for his work on behalf of large employers such as local authorities.

Expertise: "He impresses with his excellent preparation, detailed knowledge of the law and thorough advocacy style in factually complicated cases. He very quickly gets to grips with the key issues of the case, and is always willing to discuss tactics and the next steps as the case progresses."

Chambers & Partners 2013 (Band 2) 

'a well-respected employment law specialist. His "informal style" has made him a popular choice among instructing law firms, which continue to view him as a go-to barrister for "really complex stuff."'

Chambers and Partners 2012 (Band 2) 

‘is acknowledged by peers to be “a strong and formidable opponent”’. 

Chambers and Partners 2011 (Band 2) - “incredibly intelligent, articulate and good at winning client confidence"; and has an "understated yet highly effective approach to complex cases."

Reported Cases

SJ & J Monk v Newbigin (Valuation Officer)

[2017] UKSC 14

(Successfully acted for the ratepayer in a test case on the correct approach to rating commercial properties undergoing extensive refurbishments)

 Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust v Harland & ors


(Acted for an NHS Trust in an appeal concerning the correct approach to assessing the ‘principal purpose’ of an organised grouping of employees, within the service provision change definition of the TU(PE) Regulations)

 Greenslade v Next Distribution Ltd


(Successfully acted for the Claimant in an appeal concerning the correct approach to a disability discrimination claim under s15 of the Equal Act 2010)

 Harbro Supplies v Hampton & Ors

[2014] EWHC 1781 (Ch)

(Successfully acted for a company in a 10 day case arising out of the post termination use of its electronic database by a former director)

 Silicon Altimex v March

[2014] UKEAT 0489, [2014] All ER(D) 99 (Aug)

(Successfully acted for an employer in an appeal concerning the correct approach to affirmation in constructive dismissal claims)

 Working Men’s Club, Institute Union Ltd v Balls


(Acted for the Respondent in a claim concerning causation in cases of constructive dismissal)

 Gibson v Sheffield City Council

[2010] EWCA Civ 63, [2010] ICR 708, [2010] IRLR 277

(Acted for the Council in a test case on bonus payments and equal pay)

 St Alphonsus RC Primary School v J Blenkinsop

UKEAT/0082/09 [2009] All ER(D) 54 (Aug)

(Acted for the school in a case concerning time limits in the context of the Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999)

 Ministry of Defence v Guellard

UKEAT/0210/09 [2009] All ER(D) 50 (Dec)

(Acted for the Claimant in a claim concerning constructive dismissal, and the proper approach to contributory fault)

 Warrior Quay Management Co Ltd v Joachim & ors

[2008] WL 168730 (Successfully acted for the Appellant in a multi-party claim concerning the construction of a lease).

 Shimmell v Clarke

[2001] All ER(D) 309 (Oct) (Successfully acted for the offeror in an appeal concerning when a Part 36 offer was void for mistake)


Some Good News for Ratepayer: The Supreme Court restores the long standing practice of applying nominal rates to buildings undergoing reconstruction.

 Lee v McArthur: Is a refusal to bake a cake supporting gay marriage really direct discrimination, or has the law gone a step too far?

 In Tyco the CJEU reconsidered the definition of ‘working time’: What, if any, are the domestic implications?

 Gibson v Sheffield: The Supreme Court’s chance to clarify the defences available to mass equal pay claims


Dominic speaks regularly at local and regional seminars, as well as at tailor-made client’s events.

 Recent seminar have included:

  • TUPE or not TUPE, that is the question.
  • Discrimination: Surprising Developments.
  • ‘Dismissing the Disabled’: the additional pitfalls of dismissing an employee with a disability.
  • Pension Loss for Employment Lawyers
  • The termination and renewal of business tenancies

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