Gareth Graham is experienced in professional discipline and regulatory matters and sits on police misconduct hearings for Thames Valley Police.
He has also acted for a large number of NHS health boards and trusts, and for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, in matters involving professional misconduct. He regularly represents teachers and doctors in professional disciplinary hearings and police officers accused of gross misconduct in Employment Tribunals.
On behalf of a number of sport national governing bodies, Gareth has carried out confidential investigations encompassing a wide-range of issues including safeguarding and discrimination matters. He also chairs disciplinary hearings for:
- World Rugby
- European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR)
- Rugby Football Union (RFU)
- Lawn Tennis Association
- British Cycling
- British Canoeing
- PGA European Tour.
Gareth has also been appointed to the Sport Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators and regularly trains NHS health boards on their internal professional disciplinary procedures.
“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 NHS trusts across the country as well as a number of high-profile private employers. He has notable expertise in discrimination claims and whistle-blowing.
Strengths: "He is straightforward, no-nonsense, quick to respond and very bright. Clients love him."
Recent work: Successfully represented the respondent, Babcock International Group, in a claim for age discrimination and unfair dismissal.
Chambers UK 2021/Employment - Western Bar – Band 2
Strengths: "Gareth is very hands-on and approachable, and provides excellent commercial advice."
Recent work: Defended the Co-operative Group against claims of race discrimination, victimisation and unfair dismissal. The case generated a number of appeals in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal.
Chambers UK 2020/Employment - Band 3
"He's very robust, very thorough and good with clients and witnesses." "He's very easy to work with and really responsive. He's a good team player and helps to deliver training to give us a team approach."
Recent work: Defended The Co-operative Group against three claims for race discrimination, victimisation, and disability discrimination. The respondent was successful and awarded almost £20,000 in costs.
Chambers UK 2019/Employment
Strengths: “He thinks strategically about his cases and can absorb large amounts of information."
Chambers UK 2018/Employment
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
'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
'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
‘Very strong in cross-examination with an ability to think quickly and hone on on the weaknesses of an opponent's witness.’
Legal 500 2021/Employment/Leading juniors - Tier 1
‘Is a highly skilled advocate who cross-examines with precision and without bluster.’
Legal 500 2020/Employment/Leading juniors - Tier 1
'An excellent cross-examiner with a brilliant bedside manner with clients and witnesses."
Legal 500 2018/19/Employment/Leading juniors - Tier 1
‘He is very good at seeing the bigger picture in a case.’
Legal 500 2017 - Employment – Leading juniors
'He has a great cross-examination style and is very effective.'
Legal 500 2016 - Employment – Leading juniors
'He has an incisive and forensic approach to legal arguments, and is an excellent advocate'
Legal 500 2015 - Employment – Leading juniors
- University of Bristol – LLB (Hons)
- University of the West of England - BVC
Professional qualifications & appointments
- Sport Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators
- Employment Law Association (ELA)
- Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)
Gareth Graham is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.More Information