Partner and Head of Employment


Lucy is ranked by Chambers UK legal directory as a 'Leader in Employment', and recommended by the Legal 500 directory. She is a regular advocate in the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal, including in numerous reported cases, acting for both employers and employees. She conducted the case of Coleman v Attridge Law, which established the principle of associative discrimination under UK law. She has a particular interest and expertise in advising on discrimination, the status of atypical workers, whistleblowing, maternity and working time issues. She is a frequent speaker on both radio and television on employment law matters. She is the author of Working Time and Holiday: A Practical Legal Guide (Oxford University Press, 2009). Her reported cases include X v Mid Sussex CAB, 2013, IRLR 146 (in which the Supreme Court ruled that volunteers were not covered by the term 'occupation' in the European Framework Directive for the purpose of protection from disability discrimination), Dixon v Croglin Estate, 2012, EqLR 188 (obtaining a six-figure award for age discrimination for the Claimant), Mahood v Irish Centre Housing, 2011, EqLR 586 (liability of principals for discriminatory acts of agency workers), Muhammed v Leprosy Mission International Equal Opportunities Review March 2010 (establishing that a Christian ethos-based organisation was entitled not to employ a Muslim as a finance administrator under the Occupational Requirement defence).

Examples of recent work

  • Negotiating contentious departures of senior members of staff
  • Advising on complex whistleblowing/grievance issues
  • Independent investigation of sexual harassment allegations
  • Defending various disability discrimination/reasonable adjustments tribunal claims
  • Advice on issues arising out of the misuse of social networking media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.) by employees both in and out of the workplace
  • Advice on implications of the Equality Act, both for employers and service providers
  • Advice on zero-hour contracts and other employment status issues, including defending claims by  self employed contractors asserting employee/worker status
  • Negotiating settlement agreements on behalf of both employers and employees

Qualifications and career

  • Bristol University, BA (Hons) in English, 1994
  • Called to the Bar in 1997
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite in 1999
  • Qualified as a solicitor in 2002
  • Partner in 2005

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Member and former Chair of the Industrial Law Society
  • Honorary legal advisor to Employers for Carers
  • School governor
  • Member of ELA
  • Trustee of Friends of Stepgates School

Employment knowhow from Lucy McLynn