In response to the impact of the coronavirus crisis, the barristers in Chambers' Employment Law team and staff are committed to providing as much assistance as possible, including urgent advice, online resources and other support, during these challenging and unprecedented times. Trinity has a dedicated section of the website focused on COVID-19. Members of the team can assist with enquiries relating to furlough and the Government's Job Retention Scheme, holiday rules, Essential Workers, Company Directors, discrimination, allegations of furlough fraud and business immigration issues. The team can also assist with updates regarding on and offline court procedures, including facilities to deal with remote hearings and remote Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
"An impressive set with particular strength in handling whistle-blowing and discrimination matters. Other areas of expertise include equal pay and worker status law. The set has a broad client base among both claimants and respondents. It has recently represented various local authorities and HMRC in employment claims". “We have been very happy with the service. The clerks have shown an understanding of the needs of the firm and our clients, and have adapted to meet those needs." Chambers & Partners 2021.
"For many 'the prestige employment chambers in the North East', Trinity Chambers has 'excellent strength in depth, backed up by an excellent clerking team'. Members are instructed by both claimants and respondents in employment law matters, with a particular focus on equal pay cases as well as discrimination disputes." Legal 500 2021.
"Trinity Chambers is a highly regarded set with members who are regularly sought out for unfair dismissal, whistle-blowing and equal pay cases, as well as the full scope of discrimination claims. The set offers vast experience of representing clients in the public sector, such as government bodies and local authorities, in addition to private sector corporations and individuals. Members frequently appear before the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal, and also have experience of representing clients in the Court of Appeal. The clerks are great to work with - very responsive and helpful." "The clerking team is very well organised and always happy to help." Chambers & Partners 2020 Band 1 Employment.
"Members of Trinity Chambers are instructed by both claimants and respondents in employment law cases, with a particular focus on equal pay cases as well as wider discrimination work." Legal 500 2020.
"Trinity Chambers has a sizeable bench of employment law barristers. It represents clients on both the employer and employee side of disputes including local authorities, trade unions, large companies and SMEs. Members are skilled at handling the full spread of employment matters. Equal pay claims are an area of particular fortitude, with members no stranger to such issues as overtime and pay arrears." "The chambers is very efficient." "Excellent, first-class service." Chambers & Partners 2019 Band 1 Employment.
"Trinity Chambers is well known for its solid experience in equal pay disputes; the team is also adept in handling matters involving unfair dismissal, discrimination, TUPE, whistleblowing and restrictive covenants." Legal 500 2019.
Trinity Chambers has one of the largest practice groups of employment law barristers in the North of England. The employment law barristers regularly appear on behalf of both employers and employees, instructed by solicitors from across the UK. The barristers advise and appear at all stages of employment law disputes including providing pre-litigation advice and representation in relation to disciplinary proceedings. They attend case management discussions, provide representation at Employment Tribunal proceedings as well as settling proceedings and notices of appeal.
All barristers in Trinity's employment law group have substantial experience of appearing before the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and, in some instances, the Court of Appeal. Trinity's employment law barristers are recognised by their instructing solicitors as having a pragmatic and cost effective approach often punching above their weight. They have been described as being user friendly and approachable.
The size of the employment law team means that Trinity are able to provide barristers in terms of cost and experience proportionate to the legal issues involved.
The majority of Trinity's employment law barristers have developed a particular reputation for dealing with equal pay claims. Several Trinity barristers are members of the Government Legal Service (formerly Treasury Solicitor) approved panel of Counsel. Barristers in the Employment Law team can deal with cases on behalf of claimants and respondents involving holiday pay arrears and non-guaranteed overtime, expenses and travel time payments including issues relating to the Working Time Directive and Working Time Regulations.
Because of Trinity's proximity to the border, the barristers are frequently instructed in relation to Employment Tribunal cases held in Scotland. With Chambers in Newcastle and Middlesbrough Trinity's employment law barristers have wide geographical coverage, they are also happy to travel extensively nationwide to deal with hearings. The teams are located closely to the Employment Tribunals at North Shields and Teesside.
The employment law team are instructed by solicitors from across the UK and act for Trade Unions, Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, in house solicitors and Blue Chip companies, as well as SME’s and partnerships.
Given the frequent changes in employment case law and legislation the barristers regularly provide in-house and other training events to solicitors and other organisations, including mock Employment Tribunals attracting Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) CPD accreditation.
Barristers in the employment law group are consistently mentioned in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories.