At Stour Chambers we are able to offer a comprehensive service covering all stages of employment disputes to both employers and employees.
Our barristers can assist in drafting pleadings and applications, as well as providing advocacy at interim and final hearings, before the Employment Tribunal, the EAT and beyond.
Members have significant experience of advising at all stages of an employment complaint, including during internal grievance procedures and pre-litigation as well as giving sound and pragmatic advice on settlement.
We have been able to help a wide range of clients, from individual employees against large, national companies, to small, family run businesses.
Members are acutely aware that employment disputes can be extremely sensitive, for all parties, and that there are particular difficulties associated with litigation at the Employment Tribunal, not least the possibility of claims becoming disproportionately costly, and so deal with each matter with these factors in mind.
Stour Chambers has a history of dealing with unfair dismissal and unlawful deductions claims, as well as long-running and complex discrimination and whistle-blowing matters and high value restraint of trade cases.
We have also made successful use of the Employment Tribunal mediation scheme for our clients’ benefit.
Our areas of specialism include:
- Discrimination claims
- Restraint of trade
- Unfair dismissal (including constructive dismissal)
- Unlawful deduction from wages
This set comes recommended for its members' expertise in children and matrimonial finance matters. The children cases range across both public and private law work, and include those concerning non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and fabricated illness. On the financial side, the set's barristers demonstrate the ability to act in substantial financial remedies cases as well as Schedule 1 and TOLATA matters.~ Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020
Stour Chambers has 'a range of barristers at different levels suited for different cases'. Members continue to be instructed in complex multi-day cases in the public law space, where it provides 'expert counsel' across Kent and further afield involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and extreme neglect. On the family finance front, Elizabeth Spence is a go-to barrister for high-value cases with issues of minority shareholdings and opponents deploying hostile litigation tactics.~ Legal 500 Bar Guide 2021