The employment law group at Monckton Chambers provides advocacy and advisory services at every level from employment tribunals to the House of Lords and European Court of Justice, representing employers, employees and government bodies.

Many of the leading employment cases of the past 15 years have featured our members, particularly in the fields of pension rights, equal pay, discrimination, transfer of undertakings and social policy.  The frequent need for thorough expertise in EU law has made members of Monckton Chambers an obvious choice in many cases.  Members are instructed in an increasing number of cases raising issues at the intersection of employment law with human rights and public law.


Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Covenants in restraint of trade, breach of confidence and urgent injunctive relief
  • Disciplinary hearings
  • Discretionary bonus clauses
  • Discrimination and equal treatment
  • Equal pay and access to pension schemes
  • EU social policy and workers' rights
  • Redundancy
  • Share option schemes
  • Transfer of undertakings
  • Unfair and wrongful dismissal


Members of Monckton Chambers also acted in the landmark O’Brien v Ministry of Justice employment litigation regarding a fee-paid part-time judge seeking a pension in respect of his part-time service. For more information on O’Brien v Ministry of Justice, please click here.

In the field of social security, members of Monckton Chambers have advised and represented parties before social security appeal tribunals (now the First-tier Tribunal), Social Security Commissioners (now the Upper Tribunal), the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords and the European Court of Justice, particularly in cases involving the social security rights of migrant workers and sex discrimination in social security schemes.

Please click on the links below for further details of notable cases involving our members: