Robin Somerville - Resolving Legal Problems

Employment Direct Access Barrister

Do you need a barrister to assist you with an employment dispute that you are facing?

Maybe you are a claimant that is thinking of bringing a claim before an Employment Tribunal or have brought one already. Or maybe you are an employer and needs to defend a claim or resolve a dispute.

I advise and act for both claimants (employees) and employers (respondents) in respect of certain kinds of employment disputes.

I have particular interest and expertise in worker status or gig economy cases. This is where an employer claims that the person doing the work is an independent, self employed contractor but the person says they are a ‘worker’ or an employee. These statuses bring additional benefits and protections such as holiday pay or the right not to be unfairly dismissed amongst other things.

In fact, I won my own status claim, successfully arguing that I was a worker when acting as a Panel Chair at the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Here is an article about the case:

I may also be able to help with other employment matters including unfair dismissal, flawed investigations and whistleblowing / public interest disclosure cases.

As a direct access barrister you or your company can instruct me direct without the need for a solicitor. Or you can ask your solicitor to appoint me to advise or represent you.

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