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Described by one client as 'unquestionably the strongest employment set in the North East' Parklane Plowden is predominantly instructed on behalf of respondents, though members also act for claimants, including on a direct access basis. Legal 500 2020

Head of team, Dominic Bayne is recognised as one of the leading barristers in the North East in the field of employment law and is recognised in Chambers & Partners 2020 as "A very detail-oriented barrister who is fantastic with witnesses and really puts them at ease." We provide strong regional coverage across the North of the UK but our reputation and practice is nationwide.

Our highly regarded and well-established barristers routinely advise and represent clients in a range of employment law cases. From individual to collective disputes in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal, County Court and higher Courts – we have a team of over 20 barristers of all levels of experience, from QC to pupil, who are able to handle all levels of work.

Many in the team have been involved in complex and high-profile litigation, appearing in leading cases in areas such as whistleblowing, discrimination and equal pay. In addition to representing individuals, they are frequently instructed in an advisory capacity, often by large organisations, to give guidance on employment policies and procedure.

Members of the team have a reputation for being down to earth and client focused, whilst remaining tactically astute and robust advocates. This combination makes them a popular choice with a wide range of clients, including large and small private sector organisations, NHS Trusts, Local Authorities, Trade Unions and individual employees. Members of the team undertake direct access work, if appropriate.


The Investigations team at Parklane Plowden offer independence and impartiality when navigating the complex and sensitive area of workplace investigations. The team can assist in both fact finding and, where appropriate, advice and guidance in conducting a robust and sound workplace investigation. 

Use of our team can:

-          help avoid conflict or risks to privileged advice by a businesses’ usual legal team;

-          limit risks of reputational damage, and

-          avoid adverse publicity.

Internal investigations and workplace grievances require careful handling and often it is necessary that they are undertaken externally. Our dedicated team of Barristers specialise in the provision of these services.  

Our team has experience in conducting investigations ranging from whistleblowing, serious sexual assault, fraud, sporting irregularity and misconduct within public authorities. We can assist with a range of matters including with those concerning senior and executive level employees, collective disputes, compliance/regulatory matters and allegations of discrimination.

Each member of the team specialises in Employment law more generally and so understands the competing needs of businesses’, including time pressures, internal HR compliance, external regulatory compliance, workplace harmony and potential adverse publicity.   

Several members of the team offer instruction on a direct access basis.  

Barristers are acutely aware of the need for high standards of client care and are proud to offer a high level of service. Having a large team with real strength in depth means that various options can almost always be offered. A robust management system ensures that agreed turnaround times are fulfilled.

We have a dedicated and responsive team of clerks, led by our Employment Team Practice Director, Sharon Robson and Chambers Practice Director, Michael Stubbs. Both have a wealth of experience clerking employment cases and are available to discuss clients’ needs and to assist as required.

Employment Barristers

David Reade QC

Called 1983

Hari Menon

Called 1989

Tariq Sadiq

Called 1993

Stuart Roberts

Called 1994

Dominic Bayne

Called 1997

Nicola Twine

Called 1999

Claire Millns

Called 2001

Andrew Sugarman

Called 2001

Andrew Scott

Called 2002

Catherine Souter

Called 2002

Sarah Brewis

Called 2003

Roger Quickfall

Called 2003

Andrew Webster

Called 2005

Lucy Bairstow

Called 2006

Tim Wilkinson

Called 2006

Bryony Clayton

Called 2008

Gareth Price

Called 2009

Paul Sangha

Called 2012

Richard Ryan

Called 2014
Admitted as a Solicitor in 2004

Sophie Firth

Called 2014

Robert Dunn

Called 2016

Tom Semple

Called 2016

Jade Ferguson

Called 2017

Bethan Davies

Called 2017

Amy Rumble

Called 2017

May Martin (Pupil)

Called 2019

Areas of Expertise

Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal

Whistleblowing & Victimisation

Equality & Discrimination

Transfer of Undertakings

Equal Pay

Remuneration, Pensions & Benefits


Employment Contracts

Competition and Confidentiality

Restrictive Covenants

Employment Status

Collective Disputes

Data Protection

Occupational Stress and Harassment Claims


Fees can be discussed prior to the commencement of work. Value for money is assured as fees for each case can be assessed individually and are based upon the complexity and value of the case, seniority of counsel and time spent in preparation.

All barristers will consider undertaking work on a CFA basis, where applicable. A robust management system ensures that agreed turn-around times are fulfilled.

Contact Us

For further information please contact our clerks on:

Leeds: 0113 228 5000
Newcastle: 0191 221 2121

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