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The Employment team at Parklane Plowden Chambers provide technical and pragmatic legal advice in all employment law disputes and are the “go-to chambers for employment law” on the North Eastern Circuit [Legal 500, 2016].

Head of team, Seamus Sweeney is named as a ‘star individual’ by Chambers & Partners, 2018 who identify him as ‘the top name in the North East’. 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.

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

Andrew Sugarman

Called 2001

Claire Millns

Called 2001

Andrew Scott

Called 2002

Catherine Souter

Called 2002

Sarah Brewis

Called 2003

Roger Quickfall

Called 2003

Andrew Webster

Called 2005

Tim Wilkinson

Called 2006
Admitted as a Solicitor in 2009

Lucy Bairstow

Called 2006

Bryony Clayton

Called 2008

Anna Datta

Called 2009

Gareth Price

Called 2009

Paul Sangha

Called 2012

Richard Ryan

Called 2014
Admitted as a Solicitor in 2004

Sophie Firth

Called 2014

Adam Gould

Called 2015

Tom Semple

Called 2016

Robert Dunn

Called 2016

Amy Rumble

Called 2017

Jade Ferguson (Pupil)

Called 2017

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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