Garden Court Chambers Employment, Discrimination and Professional Regulation Team has a long and well-established history.
Members of the team have worked in law centres, solicitors firms, trade unions, CABs and disability rights organisations before joining Chambers.
The team is able to draw upon this collective experience to meet the current challenges facing workers.
Members of our team provide a high quality, effective and approachable service, geared particularly towards the needs of claimants and their advisers. We are proud of our commitment to workers’ rights, and are well aware of the difficulties faced by individuals who seek redress in a jurisdiction that does not provide public funding for claims. Our fee structure is highly competitive and our clerking team helpful and efficient.
Team members have expertise across the entire range of employment cases from straightforward unfair dismissal claims to the more complex equal pay claims, transfer of undertakings, whistleblower and discrimination claims. The team benefits from being part of a multi-disciplinary set and has close working relationships with other teams, such as the Immigration Team. As such we are able to draw upon the considerable knowledge provided by other teams where necessary. The team, with its members drawn from diverse backgrounds, is able to provide realistic advice delivered with empathy.
We are regularly instructed by leading firms, law centres, CABs and Trade Unions.
Members appear regularly in proceedings before Regulatory and Disciplinary tribunals such as the General Teaching Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health Professions Council, disciplinary proceedings for regulated immigration advisers (OISC) and on occasion act on behalf of solicitors.
The team’s expertise covers all aspects of discrimination law whether it be discrimination or harassment in the workplace or in access to goods and services on the grounds of sex, equal pay, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, race, disability, religion or belief, or age.
Members of the Team are uniquely well-placed to advise on discrimination in a range of contexts. The multi-disciplinary nature of our work, and the variety of clients we represent, mean that members have the expertise to deal with all types of equality issues. Our recent groundbreaking work in this field covers areas as diverse as the land rights of Roma people, and discrimination against transsexuals. Our experience of litigating against public authorities means that we are the first choice for cases involving breaches of the equality legislation by state agents.
Most members of the team are also trained mediators and Chambers is able to provide a comprehensive mediation service through Garden Court Mediation.