Park Lane Plowden is described by Chambers & Partners (2021) as the “pre-eminent employment law set” on the North-East Circuit. Our team are routinely involved in complex and high-profile litigation appearing in leading cases in areas such as whistleblowing, discrimination and equal pay. They are instructed by a wide range of clients including large and small private sector organisations, NHS Trusts, Local Authorities, Trade Unions and individual employees.

Parklane Plowden “provides extensive and thorough advocates of the highest calibre in employment disputes.” Members have “extensive experience across a panoply of employment matters” which is why it is the “go-to chambers for employment law”

Legal 500 2021

“Parklane Plowden is brilliant. We instruct a wide range of barristers from the set for employment related matters, all of whom are technically excellent, quickly get to grips with the case, and work hard to achieve an outcome the client is happy with.”

Legal 500 2022

Our well-established employment law specialist team is given top ranking by both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. Whilst our barristers are based in the North-East and the Midlands, the team’s reputation and practice is nationwide.

Members routinely advise and represent clients, both claimants and respondents, across the whole spectrum of employment cases. From individual claims to collective disputes in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal, County Court and higher Courts – we have a team of over 20 specialist barristers of all levels of experience, from QC to pupil, who are able to handle all types of work.

Parklane Plowden has the largest employment team in the North-East and with real strength in depth, our clerks are almost always able to offer solicitors various options.

Our employment barristers are regularly involved in complex and high-profile litigation, appearing in leading cases in areas such as whistleblowing, discrimination, constructive dismissal and equal pay claims. Our expertise includes claims for unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, TUPE, breach of contract, collective redundancy, restrictive covenants, confidential information, data protection, unlawful deduction from wages, holiday pay and employment status.

Members are frequently instructed in an advisory capacity, often by large organisations, to give guidance on employment policies and procedure as well as on employment tribunal and civil claims.

The employment law team has a reputation for being down to earth and client focused, whilst remaining tactically astute and robust advocates. This combination makes our specialist barristers a popular choice with a wide range of clients, including large and small private sector organisations including FTSE100 companies, NHS Trusts, Local Authorities, Trade Unions and individual employees.

Our barristers are acutely aware of the need for high standards of client care and are  proud to offer a high level of service. A robust management system ensures that agreed turnaround times are fulfilled.

The barristers are backed up by a team of “very well organised, proficient and on the ball” clerks, headed up by Employment Practice Director Sharon Robson 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.

Members of the team are able to undertake direct access work.


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 covering issues such as whistleblowing, serious sexual assault, fraud, sporting irregularity and misconduct within public authorities. We can assist with a range of matters including 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.

We are proud of our dedicated and highly experienced employment law team headed up by Dominic Bayne and Andrew Sugarman.

Our Employment Barristers

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