Employment and Discrimination Law

Garden Court represents claimants. We fight for workers rights in the full range of employment cases from straightforward unfair dismissal claims to complex discrimination, trade union, and human rights claims.

To contact the Employment and Discrimination Clerks, please email employmentclerks@gclaw.co.uk 

or phone +44 (0)20 7993 7600

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We have represented employees and workers at all levels, from regulatory proceedings through the Employment Tribunal, to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

Members of our team benefit from being part of a multi-disciplinary set and have close working relationships with our immigration team, which we have drawn on in high-profile employee status and trafficking claims. 

The members of the team are drawn from diverse backgrounds, and are able to provide advice with empathy. We provide a high quality, effective and approachable service. 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. A number of our members take employment cases under public access.

Areas of Expertise

  • Disputes relating to Covid-19
  • Discrimination claims under the Equality Act 2010
  • Discrimination on grounds of trade union status
  • Unfair and wrongful dismissal
  • Health & Safety detriment and dismissal
  • Human Rights claims (including blacklisting)
  • Claims by workers without a right to reside (including trafficked workers)
  • Maternity and Parental Rights
  • Claims by precarious workers (i.e. agency, part-time, flexible and temporary workers)
  • Whistleblowing
  • Redundancy
  • Equal pay claims,
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Injunctions
  • National Minimum Wage
  • Working Time Regulations

Recent notable cases and news

Garden Court secures number one rankings in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2022

21 October 2021

Garden Court Chambers hosts Protect's webinar ‘Let’s Fix UK Whistleblowing Law’

The webinar, hosted by the Garden Court Chambers Employment and Discrimination Team, and chaired by Garden Court Chambers Barrister Mukhtair Singh, took place on Thursday 29 April 2021.

29 April 2021

Disabled man wins compensation from Royal Mail for disability harassment in “toxic work culture”

Mukhtiar Singh of the Garden Court Chambers Employment and Discrimination Law Team represented Nabil Mehdinejad under the public access scheme.

12 November 2020

Do black lives matter in the employment justice system?

Paper produced by Mukhtiar Singh of the Garden Court Employment and Discrimination Law Team.

14 September 2020

Garden Court Chambers welcomes Abigail Holt as a new tenant

7 September 2020

Garden Court Chambers welcomes Paul Powlesland as a new tenant

4 August 2020

Nicola Braganza appointed Fee-paid Employment Tribunal Judge and Fee-paid First-tier Tribunal Judge, assigned to Health, Education and Social Care Chamber (Special Educational Needs and Disability)

29 May 2020

Mukhtiar Singh of Garden Court Chambers offering free employment and commercial law advice for key workers in Gravesham or Medway

Mukhtiar Singh of Garden Court Chambers offering free employment law advice for key workers in Gravesham or Medway.

21 April 2020

Sikh blocked from working at top London hotels over "no beards" policy wins £7,000 in compensation for religious discrimination

Mukhtiar Singh of the Garden Court Chambers Employment Law Team represented the claimant.

6 December 2019

Law Society Gazette reports on Employment Appeal Tribunal Parkin v Leeds Council

Mukhtiar Singh of the Garden Court Chambers Employment Team was instructed by Mrs Parkin under the Direct Public Access Scheme.

29 November 2019

A security officer based at BBC New Broadcasting House has won an unfair dismissal claim against his employer, Interserve

David Renton of Garden Court Chambers represented Bectu member Oluwagbemi Ogundolie, a security officer based at BBC New Broadcasting House.

21 October 2019

Garden Court Chambers ranked in Band 1 in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020

We are delighted to have once again been ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020.

17 October 2019

Essop & Others v Home Office landmark indirect race and age discrimination claims finally settle for over £1 million three days into hearing

Nicola Braganza was instructed by Kate Lea of Thompsons Solicitors and acted on behalf of 47 PCS members, and was also instructed by Marion Scovell of Prospect on behalf of a further Prospect member.

7 March 2019

Economist Olwen Renowden wins sex discrimination case against Office for National Statistics

David Renton represented Olwen Renowden and was instructed by Jane Copley of Prospect.

26 February 2019

Landmark Supreme Court victory on indirect discrimination

Nicola Braganza of the Garden Court employment, discrimination and public law teams represented all 49 appellants.

5 April 2017

Nicola Braganza of Garden Court wins indirect sex discrimination case against Scottish manufacturer

A Scottish manufacturer has been told to reinstate a respected HR professional after being found guilty of unfair dismissal and unlawful sex discrimination.

10 March 2017

All notable cases and news

Past Notable Cases


Essop and others v Home Office (UK Border Agency)
Landmark Supreme Court case on race and age indirect discrimination against the Home Office, arising from its past promotion procedures and a core skills assessment test (CSA). 

Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v Maxwell UKEAT/0232/12/MC
Appeal against findings that the claimant had been subject to unlawful discrimination by way of direct discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of race and sexual orientation.

Ssekisonge v Barts Health NHS Trust UKEAT/0133/16/LA
Appeal against a finding that the Claimant's dismissal for some other substantial reason was fair. 

Conway v Community Options Ltd UKEAT/0034/12/SM
Appeal against the striking out of claims of a failure to make reasonable adjustments and unfair dismissal.

Kurumuth v NHS Trust North Middlesex University Hospital UKEAT/0524/10/CEA
Appeal by claimant against dismissal of unfair dismissal and breach of contract claims where the claimant's immigration status was in doubt.

Ross v Eddie Stobart Ltd UKEAT/0068/13/RN
Appeal against rejection of unfair dismissal claims involving consideration of burden of proof where the claim involved whistleblowing.

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