Gareth Graham

Year of Call: 2006
Email Address: gareth.graham@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 0117 928 1520

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Overview

Gareth Graham was called to the Bar after leaving the British Army and now practices in employment, professional discipline and sports law.

He regularly represents NHS organisations and large multi-national companies, including a supermarket chain, a leading multi-national engineering group and a number of car manufacturers. He has also represented a European Embassy, a number of local authorities and myriad SMEs across all areas of employment law. He has a particular focus on whistleblowing and discrimination cases.

Gareth also represents employees and organisations in professional disciplinary hearings. He has recently carried out a number of internal investigations on behalf of well-known sport governing bodies.

Gareth is:

  • a Rugby Football Union (“RFU”) Disciplinary Panel Chairman
  • a Six Nations Disciplinary Committee member
  • a Rugby Europe/7’s Judicial Officer
  • an Army Rugby Union Disciplinary Panel Chairman.

Expertise

  • Employment and discrimination
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    Gareth was called to the Bar after leaving the British Army and is now an employment law specialist, regularly instructed in dynamic and complex cases; he is known for his pragmatic and robust style.

    He has recently represented clients in the High Court, at the EAT and at the Court of Appeal.

    He regularly represents NHS organisations and large multi-national companies, including a supermarket chain, a leading multi-national engineering group and a number of car manufacturers. He has also represented a European Embassy, a number of local authorities and myriad SMEs across all areas of employment law. He has a particular focus on whistleblowing and discrimination cases.

    He has also acted on behalf of employees in cases of a sensitive nature, including a Muslim woman in a claim for sex discrimination against her Muslim employers, a nurse involved in the alleged mistreatment of infirm nuns at a Convent which received coverage in the national media and a number of high profile claimants.

    He regularly provides training to clients and external bodies, including NHS organisations and ACAS.

    Recent cases:

    • acting on behalf of an NHS organisation in its successful defence of a claim of race and age discrimination
    • acting on behalf of an NHS organisation in its successful defence of a complex whistleblowing claim
    • acting on behalf of an NHS organisation in its successful defence of a claim of disability discrimination
    • acting on behalf of a household brand in its defence of seven interrelated race discrimination claims
    • a number of complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims in the airline industry.

Recommendations

“engaging and candid.”

Honourable Mr Justice Langstaff, former President of the EAT,  reported case of Vodafone Ltd v Miss A Nicholson UKEAT/0605/12/SM.

'Highly experienced in discrimination law and unfair dismissal. He is widely respected for his strategic approach to complex cases. He acts for local health boards in Wales and also regularly handles cases involving the airline industry.'
Strengths: “He thinks strategically about his cases and can absorb large amounts of information."

Chambers UK 2018/Employment - Western (Bar) - Band 3

Strengths: "As well as being technically competent on legal issues, he is also able to demonstrate a good understanding of a client's business and its commercial drivers."'

Chambers UK 2017/Employment - Western (Bar) - Band 3

'Has represented high-profile employers and employees in Tribunal cases nationwide, and also acted for students in university disciplinary hearings and employees in professional internal disciplinary issues.
Strengths: "He's well regarded, thorough and client-friendly." "He gets the points across quickly and he's good at cross-examination."'

Chambers UK 2016/Employment - Western (Bar) - Up and Coming

'Experienced in a range of employment cases on behalf of clients from a variety of sectors, including recent success with governmental, engineering and automotive clients. Alongside his traditional employment practice, he regularly acts on internal professional disciplinary matters for clients such as rugby clubs and universities.
Expertise: "He is a reliable barrister who is willing to get stuck in."

Chambers UK 2015/Employment – Western Circuit - Band 2 Set

‘He is very good at seeing the bigger picture in a case.’

Legal 500 2017/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Employment – Leading juniors

'He has a great cross-examination style and is very effective.'

Legal 500 2016/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Employment – Leading juniors

'He has an incisive and forensic approach to legal arguments, and is an excellent advocate'

Legal 500 2015/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Employment – Leading juniors

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Academic qualifications

  • University of Bristol – LLB (Hons)

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • University of the West of England - BVC

Professional bodies

  • Employment Law Association (ELA)
  • Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)

Direct Access

Gareth Graham is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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