Eversheds Jaques & Lewis uses employment barristers more than it used to. Says partner Helga Breen: “We do not use them for getting a second opinion. We tend to use them as a cheap alternative to solicitors or when we're incredibly busy.”
Employment law barristers “need a thorough grasp of the law as well as to be fully briefed in development in the law,” she says, adding that they also need a commercial awareness. “It also helps if they have a background other than the law.”
Employment barristers are often overworked and “some, although not the ones I mention, take on too much and can't give, particularly to tribunal work, the energy and enthusiasm needed”.
The firm uses Patrick Elias for equal pay and TUPE issues and Eldred Tabachnik QC.
Also from 11 King's Bench Walk is Christopher Jeans who Breen describes as “particularly good on technical cases involving changes in legislation”. The firm also uses him for education work.
Andrew Hillier of Bell Yard is also used by the firm and is “thorough on facts and pleasant to deal with. He will give you as much help or as little help as he thinks you need”.
Breen added that his fees were “very reasonable given his years called”.
Also recommended is Selwyn Block whom the firm uses for cases involving restrictive covenants.
The juniors from 11 King's Bench Walk are also highly recommended.