Welcome to the 12 King’s Bench Walk employment and discrimination blog. We aim to provide a forum for employment lawyers to engage with legal developments and discuss all aspects of the law and its practice – rather than just another update service. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Editorial Board

Tim Goodwin

Tim specialises in all areas of employment law, with particular interest in discrimination, worker status and post-termination restrictions. Prior to becoming a barrister, Tim practised as a solicitor in a market-leading City employment team for seven years.

Email: goodwin@12kbw.co.uk

David Green

David practises in employment and personal injury law, with interests in all aspects of discrimination, whistleblowing, and workplace accidents and disease. He is a member of the EHRC’s panel of counsel.

Email: green@12kbw.co.uk

Andrew Watson

Andrew is a specialist employment and personal injury barrister, with a particular interest in whistleblowing, discrimination and employers’ liability. He is a past Chairman of the Free Representation Unit.

Email: watson@12kbw.co.uk

The 12KBW Employment Team

12KBW’s employment and discrimination team handles the whole spectrum of employment, discrimination and commercial employment cases.  All members of our team are experienced advocates, regularly conducting cases in the Employment Tribunal and in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.  Beyond tribunal litigation, we handle commercial employment cases in both the High and County Courts (including post-termination restraint cases and injunction applications), as well as appellate work in the higher courts, including the Court of Justice of the European Union.   

12KBW has a particular strength in the crossover between employment and personal injury law, such as workplace stress claims, disability discrimination following an industrial accident, and discrimination cases in the education and services sectors.  Our advocates have appeared in many of the seminal stress cases (including Barber v Somerset County CouncilHartman v South Essex Mental Healthcare and Bristol City Council v Deadman).

Our employment clients are extremely varied – we have longstanding connections with a number of unions and local authorities – but we also act for senior executives and all manner of private sector employers, including financial institutions.  Our expertise has led to our appointment on a number of local authority and legal expenses insurer panels.

Regardless of the case or client, our barristers always work closely and collaboratively with solicitors and clients in order to achieve the best results. We are commercially minded, offering practical and prompt advice.  We are well aware of the increasing importance of ADR, and our barristers are experienced at mediation in employment cases, with some of our team members being accredited mediators.  We also have a number of public access authorised barristers.