Formidable team of specialist employment barristers offering advice and representation
3PB’s employment law group offers expert advisory and advocacy services to private and public sector employers and individuals, as well as service providers and businesses across all areas of employment law including unfair dismissal, discrimination, equal pay, industrial disputes, executive contracts, wrongful dismissals, restrictive covenants, whistleblowing, TUPE, injunctions, pensions disputes and disciplinary proceedings.
Practising out of each of Chambers’ six UK locations, our team offers the highest standards of legal, practical and tactical advice on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Our barristers routinely provide advocacy services in Employment Tribunals, the High Court and County Courts, as well as in appellate jurisdictions of all levels.
Our services are also available to in-house legal advisers, HR Directors and others by direct professional access services and by public access.
Our hallmark is the knowledgeable, expert but pragmatic approach that we take to employment law issues, while building friendly, long term relationships with our clients. We work with HR, legal and professional teams to create cost-effective solutions to their employment matters, in a fast changing legal environment.
Craig Ludlow is the team's Head of Group, with Karen Moss as Deputy Head.
Legal 500 lists 3PB’s Employment and Discrimination group as the Top Tier in South Eastern, Tier 2 in Western and Tier 3 in London. The 2024 directory lists 11 of 3PB's team as Leading Juniors in employment, with 16 rankings in total. 3PB’s team are described as a "go-to barristers chambers, they are friendly, responsive, they invest time in relationships and make you feel like their only client." The “strong, client-focused employment group" is “progressive, supportive and responsive” " that is able to deliver "a broad range of technically excellent lawyers across all levels of experience ‘the clerks at 3PB are second to none. The level of service is unparalleled and the clerks are proactive, efficient and dedicated to meeting client needs.’ The set has “particular expertise in public sector work in the local authority, education and health care contexts, as well as transport and technology-related matters in the private sector.”
Chambers & Partners describes 3PB as “a set with an excellent profile in discrimination law and other employment issues. In addition to claimants, the barristers have defended government departments and other high-ranking public bodies in complex claims. They also represent large private sector employers in unfair dismissal and related matters. "The barristers at the set are regularly instructed to handle an array of employment matters including whistle-blower, TUPE and discrimination claims, often going further than the employment tribunals." Chambers & Partners rates 3PB as a “Widely acknowledged set in employment law, with members recently being involved in an important Supreme Court appeal regarding holiday pay calculations for term-time workers.”
The employment and discrimination team regularly produces newsletters, articles, videos and podcasts on topical employment law issues.
You can find all of our content in one page by going to our Employment Law Resources Hub.
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Door Tenants and Pupils are marked by the DT and P symbols.
Door Tenants and Pupils are marked by the DT and P symbols.
Colin McDevitt Call: 1995
Lachlan Wilson Call: 1996
Charlotte Hadfield Call: 1999
Dr Christopher Whelan Call: 2001
Craig Ludlow Call: 2002
Karen Moss Call: 2002
Caroline Stone Call: 2005
Sarah Clarke Call: 2005
Katherine Anderson Call: 2005
Simon Tibbitts Call: 2006
Sarah Bowen Call: 2006
Mark Green Call: 2006
Gareth Graham Call: 2006
Matthew Curtis Call: 2006
Andrew MacPhail Call: 2007
Stephen Wyeth Call: 2010
Joseph England Call: 2011
Daniel Brown Call: 2012
Grace Nicholls Call: 2015
Grace Holden Call: 2016
Naomi Webber Call: 2017
Alex Leonhardt Call: 2018
Jo Laxton Call: 2022
Emma Greening Call: 2022
Welcome to our November 2023 employment and discrimination law newsletter, in which we celebrate more rankings in the latest Chambers and Partners edition and call for applications for talented employment law barristers to join our team. Edited by Charlotte Hadfield, our newsletter features analysis from Charlotte, Head of Group Craig Ludlow and Alex Leonhardt - covering the following cases: Omar v Epping Forest District Citizens Advice (EA-2021-000595-JOJ), Steel v Spencer Road LLP  EWHC 2492 (Ch), ONEA v Contingent and Future Technologies Ltd  EAT 125, and Virgin Active Ltd v Hughes  EAT 130.Continue reading
3PB’s Employment Team celebrates increased individual Chambers & Partners rankings and retaining Band 1 rankings in 2 Circuits
3PB Barristers congratulates its Employment and discrimination law team for achieving 3 new rankings in the Midlands, while retaining its Band 1 ranking in two Circuits (Western and South Eastern) in Chambers and Partners’ 2024 edition published today. The team increases its rankings to a total of 18 individual rankings, up from 15 last year, in London, Western and South Eastern, and adds the Midlands as a Circuit in which its expertise is recognised. Client...Continue reading
3PB Barristers (3 Paper Buildings) breaks another record in the latest edition of Chambers and Partners with a total of 81 accolades. The national set is rewarded with rankings in 18 areas of law, in the London Bar as well as in the South Eastern, Western and Midlands Circuits and exceptional comments on its service delivery, including praise for its “sublime service” and its "ability to manage matters in a professional and comprehensive manner second...Continue reading
Welcome to the 53rd Newsletter from 3PB’s Employment and Discrimination Group edited by Stephen Wyeth, celebrating our Specialist Group being ranked Tier 1 in both the Western and South Eastern circuits by the Legal 500 due to our expertise in this field of law.
Thanks to our contributors: Karen Moss (Group Deputy Head), Rising Star (Legal 500) Grace Nicholls, Alex Leonhardt, Joseph England and Andrew MacPhail and first rate commentary from Mathew Gullick KC on the very recent Supreme Court decision of Agnew. Given that Mathew successfully appeared for Mrs Brazel in the Supreme Court (supported by our very own Lachlan Wilson and Naomi Webber) who better to provide his take on this most recent decision involving holiday pay?Continue reading
3PB’s Employment and Discrimination law team is celebrating 2 TOP TIER rankings – in the Western and South Eastern Circuits - in the Legal 500 2024 edition just published. The team now has 13 of its 23 juniors ranked in the publication, totalling 22 individual rankings across the South Eastern, Western, London and Midlands Circuits. The team welcomes its promotion to the top tier in Western and retains its top tier position in South Eastern....Continue reading
3PB Barristers (3 Paper Buildings), the UK's third largest chambers, is delighted to report this year again an outstanding number of rankings - totalling 145 - in the Legal 500 2024’s edition published today, a 12% increase on last year’s 130. The set has achieved its rankings across 5 large UK regions - or Circuits (London, South Eastern, Western, Midlands and Chester and Wales) - in 21 areas of law. 3PB is also ranked in...Continue reading
The four pupils starting their twelve-month pupillages, pictured left to right from the top, are: former global brand strategy director and behavioural science researcher Alice Horn who be focusing on commercial litigation and arbitration; former legal assistant Jack Felvus who will be focusing on public law and regulatory matters and criminal law; fellow legal assistant Laurie-Elizabeth Ketley will be focusing on family law and civil disputes; and former City financial analyst Suffian Hussain who will...Continue reading
3PB are pleased to announce that their four 12-month pupil barristers - Poppy Watson, Liz Adams, Emma Greening and Dr Angel Matoke-Njagi (pictured left to right from the top) - have all successfully completed their pupillages today and become tenants with the 240-barrister, national chambers. Former in-house energy lawyer Poppy Watson (call:2021) is joining 3PB's London office and will be focusing on commercial litigation and arbitration. Former in-house lawyer and domestic violence and disability campaigner...Continue reading
Welcome to the September 2023 edition of our employment and discrimination law newsletter, edited by Joseph England, it features analysis and contributions from Joseph England, Mark Green, Sarah Clarke, Katherine Anderson and Grace Holden and team news about Sarah Bowen, Mark Green and Sarah Clarke.
Case analysis covers the following cases: Rajput v Commerzbank and Société Générale  EAT; Habib v Dave Whelan Sports Ltd t/a DW Fitness First  EAT 113; Owen v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd  EAT 106; and AECOM Limited v Mallon  EAT 104.Continue reading
Judgment was handed down this week (29 August 2023) in Jagruti Rajput v Commerzbank AG and Societe Generale (London)  EAT 116. The underlying case concerns a claim of discrimination against two investment banks. The appeal was on the question as to when a TUPE transfer took place, with Mr Justice Kerr finding that the tribunal judge had erred in law in excluding from his consideration matters which took place in Germany, wrongly finding that...Continue reading
3PB's specialist Employment, Discrimination and Education barrister Sarah Bowen has joined Birmingham Law Society's Employment Law Committee, chaired by Shoosmiths LLP's Charlie Rae. The Employment Law Committee, formed of senior employment law practitioners from across the Midlands region, meets monthly to consider recent and proposed changes in employment law and practice. The Committee also undertakes annual discussions with senior representatives of ACAS, the regional judiciary, and various trade unions, as well as responding to government...Continue reading
Chambers is delighted to announce employment and national security law barrister Mark Green's promotion to the Attorney-General’s London A Panel for a period of five years, commencing on Friday 1st September 2023. He had been on the London B Panel since September 2019. Mark Green, pictured here, frequently appears for both claimants and respondents, dealing with claims in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal, Court of Appeal, High Court and County Court. Mark has a...Continue reading
Chambers UK 2022
3PB Barristers has an excellent profile in discrimination law and other employment issues. In addition to claimants, the barristers have defended government departments and other high-ranking public bodies in complex claims. They also represent large private sector employers in unfair dismissal and related matters. The set has strength in areas including whistle-blower protection, equal pay and union law.
"The clerks at 3PB go above and beyond." "I have found the set's clerking to be exceptionally collaborative, and their prices to be competitive." "3PB are friendly, pragmatic and helpful - they usually have an employment barrister available and respond to enquiries very promptly. The clerks are excellent and easy to work with." Mark Heath leads the clerking in Bristol.
Legal 500 2022
‘3PB’s range of advocates for employment-related assistance is excellent and of the highest quality‘.
3PB's employment practice has 'great strength in depth', and fields a team who appear before the Employment Tribunal, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in a range of matters.'
‘3PB’s employment group is fantastic. All the barristers I have used from 3PB have been excellent, knowledgeable and provide practical advice to all clients. The set can always suggest a barrister of appropriate level and experience to deal with a matter, and the barristers are available to assist even on short notice‘.
Chambers UK 2021
A set with an excellent profile in discrimination law and other employment issues. In addition to claimants, the barristers have defended government departments and other high-ranking public bodies in complex claims. The set has strength in areas including whistle-blower protection, equal pay and union matters.
Client service: "They always provide an absolutely amazing service – they're always going out of their way to help us."
Legal 500 2021 - Western
3PB has a 'strong, client-focused employment group that is able to deliver strong advocates on short notice'.
Legal 500 2021 - South Eastern
Barristers at 3PB act for claimants and respondents alike across the full gamut of employment matters. The set has particular expertise in public sector work in the local authority, education and health care contexts, as well as transport and technology-related matters in the private sector.
Legal 500 2020
South Eastern Circuit: 3PB is home to Andrew MacPhail and Karen Moss, both of whom act for respondents and claimants, with particular specialisms in Employment Appeal tribunal work and disability and sex discrimination respectively.
Western Circuit: 3PB's employment specialists are instructed on behalf of all parties across a range of employment disputes, including TUPE, discrimination, constructive dismissal, and protected disclosures. Craig Ludlow recently represented a London bus company, which was one of three respondents to a large-scale claim for unauthorised deductions from wages brought by 55 employees, which related to non-payment of a historical meal allowance. In another highlight, Sarah Clarke acted for a respondent in an unfair dismissal case which also involved issues of protected disclosure, successfully defending against all 29 claims.
Chambers UK 2020
3PB is a set well known for its representation in a broad range of employment cases, and the barristers are particularly experienced in discrimination claims of all kinds. The chambers acts for both claimants and respondents across a variety of industries, with a particular focus on the public sector, including local authorities and the NHS, as well as the transport and technology industries. Members of the set also have experience representing high-profile individuals. One client says: "3PB are always ready to assist even with tight timescales, and go over and above to ensure they can help us. It is a very client-focused chambers."
Client service: An instructing solicitor says: "The clerking service was very responsive and helpful." Russell Porter is the practice director for this area.
Legal 500 2020
"The combined clerks’ room across the set’s six offices is a ‘well-oiled machine’."
"Chambers director Russell Porter ‘leads on outstanding client service’."
"‘accessible and user-friendly’ employment practitioners".
Chambers and Partners 2019
"3PB represents both claimants and respondents in the full range of contentious employment issues. The set has expertise across a range of sectors, and regularly handles matters relating to local authorities, healthcare, technology and transport. The chambers has particular expertise in injunctive relief matters on the enforcement of restrictive covenants. As one impressed solicitor remarks, "They're fantastic, they're knowledgeable, and nothing is too much trouble – they jump through hoops and bend over backwards for us."
"The clerks are fantastic and very receptive; they'll get us quotes straight away and if someone isn't available they'll find us another good match." Russell Porter is the practice director for this area.
Legal 500 2018/19
3PB's employment team has nine barristers ranked as leading juniors in this year's Legal 500 UK Bar Directory. The directory notes the employment practice as covering a broad spectrum of employment matters, with extensive experience of whistleblowing, equal pay, unfair dismissal claims and discrimination cases.
Legal 500 2017
With ‘very strong barristers in the employment field’, 3PB maintains a solid reputation. Barristers handle discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal, as well as a range of other claims, where they represent both respondents and claimants.
very user-friendlyChambers and Partners