Employment & Discrimination

Chambers has a well-established employment practice. Members of our team provide a high quality, effective and approachable service, focusing on the particular needs of the client. We regularly represent clients in cases of all complexity, from high value restrictive covenant claims and directors’ duties to unfair dismissal and minimum wage disputes.

Members of Chambers represent both employers and employees; directors, local authorities, public bodies and trade unions; frequently appearing in the Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal. We are known for our pragmatic and commercial approach inside and outside the courtroom.

We believe in being part of the legal team acting as both advocates and advisers across the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment work (including drafting bespoke contracts of employment). Our clients range from individual employees, directors, SMEs to major private and public sector organisations.

We understand that employment disputes can be commercially and personally sensitive and therefore our barristers are used to handling issues with discretion.  We recognise that our clients have diverse requirements, often needing swift action in order to restrain wrongdoing and contain sensitive information. Our team is able to provide assistance in respect of injunctions, often at short notice and out of hours.

We are active members of the Employment Law Bar Association

We advise on:

  • Discrimination claims
  • Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal
  • Directors disputes
  • Breaches of Confidence/Confidential information and trade secrets
  • Breach of contract
  • Contracts of employment, employee handbooks and procedures
  • Directors’ contracts, remuneration, bonuses and covenants
  • Equal pay
  • Injunctive relief
  • Working Time Regulations
  • Pensions
  • Equality and discrimination
  • Industrial action and Trade Union affairs
  • Redundancy
  • Restrictive covenants and employee competition (including urgent injunctive relief)
  • Stress at work claims
  • TUPE  
  • Whistle blowing and victimisation
  • Wrongful dismissal and other contractual disputes

Our barristers are able to draw upon their experience in other practice areas such as: commercial disputes, immigration and personal injury.

Chambers are accredited by the Bar Council as course providers and members of chambers provide in house seminars, training and presentations, whether in house at the clients premises or here in chamber. For further information regarding are lectures please visit our seminars page

No.18’s Approach to Employment & Discrimination

Late last week the President of the Employment Tribunals said in the Legal Gazette that he is expecting an influx of redundancy related dismissal claims once the furlough scheme ends later this year. Unfortunately, we think that over the next couple of months we are likely to see the real impact of COVID-19 on the Job markets and will begin to see employers reaching the decision that the furloughing arrangements have allow them to defer and, as a result, the sad truth is that there will be a rise of redundancy and settlement agreements too.

No.18 Chambers recognises the hurdles in providing high quality legal services for clients with the challenging times ahead which will make  clients more hesitant in paying for legal representation in employment tribunal cases .To assist we remain committed to deliver exceptional advice, representation and resolution.  We base our service on being 'committed to our clients’, ‘serious about service’ and ‘always fair on fees’. Exceptional service is the corner stone of our ethos.

We believe in providing the same great service whether the case is small or high in value or claim. Lay clients deserve high standards of specialist advice and advocacy regardless of the value of their claim. We also know that our professional clients want our support and assistance to win cases and maximise damages for our clients in all types of cases.

In order to ensure this No.18 are delighted to offer nine schemes in order to assist in every eventuality (further details of each set out below);

  • Damage based agreements (Subject to assessment)
  • No Win No Fee
  • No Win Low Fee
  • Package deals
  • Meet the insurance
  • Armed & Police Forces Discount
  • Emergency Services Discount
  • Low Income  “tailored fees”
  • The  Merits, Advice, Drafting and Support Package


Damage Based Agreements:

At No.18 we recognise that new methods of funding need to be found in order to bring claims. No.18 are delighted to offer Damage Based Agreements as a solution. We are committed to assess cases as to whether Damage Based Agreements are an appropriate recourse of funding for a particular lay client in order to allow them purse their claim.

Conditional Fee agreement: (0% Success Guaranteed)


Members undertake work under a variety of conditional fee agreements (CFAs) and in appropriate cases offer 0% success fee. Not all cases are appropriate for CFAs and the barrister concerned may decline to enter into a CFA after considering the merits of the claim/prospects of success.  Chambers has a flexible policy on CFAs and will do our best to tailor the agreement to the needs of the case. Our standard arrangements are based on the latest models provided by the Bar Standards Board and specialist bar associations.

No Win Low Fee Agreements:


Where a case is not suitable to take under a traditional CFA, No.18 strives to offer a feasible alternative in order to make litigation available to those who would otherwise not be able afford it. Individually calculated on a case to case basis members undertake work in appropriate cases offering No Win, Low Fee. Not all cases are appropriate for No Win Low Fee Agreements and the barrister concerned may decline to enter into a CFA after considering the merits of the claim/prospects of success.  Chambers has a flexible policy on CFAs and will do our best to tailor the agreement to the needs of the case. Our standard arrangements are based on the latest models provided by the Bar Standards Board and specialist bar associations.

Package Deals:

No.18 are able to offer fee packages in relation to written advisory work, drafting, conferences & litigation (for example a global fee for both a conference and hearing or drafting and a hearing).

Meet the Insurance:

Where the matter is insurance backed, No.18 will do our utmost to work within the rates agreed with each insurance company and where there are agreed rates (either hourly or fixed) between another Chambers and that insurance firm we will also do our best to match the fees.  We are able to do both in most cases.

Armed  & Police Forces Discount:


We are delighted to offer reduced fees (for matters that are paid privately) for members of the Armed & Police Forces and their dependants, please contact us for more information on our 10% discount for Armed & Police Forces personnel and their dependants.

Emergency Services Discount:


We are delighted to offer reduced fees (for matters that are paid privately ) for members of the emergency services and their dependants, please contact us for more information on our 10% discount for emergency services personnel and their dependants.

Low income “ tailored fee’s:

We recognise that the economic pressures on some clients require flexibility on fees in order to ensure that they can secure access to high quality legal representation. We can in most instances provide tailored fees for clients on a low income or who would previously have been eligible for legal aid to assist.

Merit, Advice, Drafting and Support Package:

No.18  are delighted to  offer our new Merits Advice, Drafting and Support package: please see below for our table of fees offering a guidance as to price. In addition No.18 can offer various fee schemes to help meet your lay client budget as detailed below the table of fees.

Our Barristers will provide at your request:

  • Merit assessment & Advice;
  • Drafting ET1s and ET3s;
  • Telephone or (if needed) face to face conference with solicitor and client;
  • Assistance with ad hoc queries by phone or email where reasonably required.
  • Undertake Settlement agreements (to include liaising with the client) at the agreed fixed rate with the employer


Unfair Dismissal/Constructive Claims :


Item of Work

1 - 10 years call

10 + years call



Merits Assessment 

£200- £450

£350 - £700



              Initial Advice 

£300 -£550

£450 -£900



              Drafting ET1  

£250 -£500

£450 -£800



              Drafting ET3 

£250 -£500

£400 -£800



Discrimination Claims:


 Item of Work

1 - 10 years call

10+  Years call



Merits Assessment 

£300 - £550

£450 -£800



            Initial Advice  

£400 -£650

£500 -£1000



            Drafting ET1   

£350 -£600

£450 £900



           Drafting ET3 

£350 - £600

£450- £900




No18 continues to be committed to providing the highest level of service, client care, advocacy and advice by ensuring that the needs, concerns and interests of clients are always paramount support by over 50 years of clerking expertise. Just in case you have missed them some of our initiatives over the past few months have been:

More detail on each of these can be found by clicking the attached link.


If you need any assistance in any of these areas, please contact our clerking team for the on 023 80 73 6812 or e-mail clerks@no18chambers.com

What others say

No.18 is home to Barnaby Large, who is instructed in a wide range of matters for claimants and, more notably, respondents. In a recent highlight, Large represented the respondent picture framer in a discrimination, unfair dismissal, and victimisation claim brought following the dismissal of an employee for breach of confidentiality. Barnaby Large has been individually acknowledged in the "Leading Juniors" list for his work in Employment.
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Ian Wheaton is head of the employment team at No.18 Barristers Chambers; recent instructions for the group include discrimination and unfair and wrongful dismissal cases.
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The Set have particular expertise in family work, Employment, personal injury and public law, particularly immigration
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Ian Wheaton is the employment team leader at No.18 Barristers Chambers, where members’ workloads include unfair and wrongful dismissal, discrimination, and whistleblowing matters
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Ian Wheaton - Very experienced in discrimination cases
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Ian Wheaton - A strong advocate, who is quick on his feet and robust with opponents
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approachable barristers
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very professional
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very good at what they do
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