Employment Claims Toolkit

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

John Bowers QC - Littleton Chambers
Chambers and Partners Employment Silk of the Year 2010

John Bowers QC was thus described by Chambers and Partners in 2009: "The “extremely clever and cuttingly funny” John Bowers QC is recommended for his “second-to-none” interpretation of statutes. TUPE and equal pay are particular areas of expertise and he has been representing 15 councils, facing more than 15,000 equal pay claims between them. " Chambers and Partners 2009

Commanding the respect of the judges for many years John Bowers QC is one of the premier employment barristers in the UK. Lauded by legal directories and the legal press for his intellectual and technical abilities, clients have praised John for his 'towering intellect' while one was quoted as saying he has 'a brain the size of a planet'. He has also been described as “an employment law rock star”.

A frequent lecturer on employment law, John has written 15 books including Bowers on Employment Law, now in its Seventh Edition, The Law of Industrial Action and Trade Union Recognition and Whistleblowing. He [co-wrote] Blackstones’ Employment Law Practice each year from 2006 until the present and is a frequent contributor to the Law Society Gazette, New Law Journal and the Industrial Law Journal. He is also an editor of Atkins Court Forms.

A CEDR trained mediator, John was the coordinator of the Workplace Mediation Project which looks into the use of mediation in sexual harassment cases.

After attending Mathew Humberstone Comprehensive School , John gained a scholarship to Lincoln College, Oxford where he graduated with a First Class. He then did a Bachelor of Civil Law. He was called to the Bar in 1979 and took silk in 1998. He has been in turn a Member of the Committee of the Industrial Law Society the Employment Law Association and Honorary Legal Advisor at Turnpike Lane Advice Centre. He currently carries out work for the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

Carol Davis - Littleton Chambers
Carol is a Barrister at Littleton Chambers specialising in employment litigation, with a particular emphasis on discrimination, wrongful and unfair dismissal, disputes involving directors and senior directors, restraint of trade and contractual disputes regarding salary, bonuses and benefits. 

In 2012, Carol was described by Chambers and Partners as
 “assiduous, hard-working and particularly good in handling witnesses in difficult discrimination cases.” It also noted that “sources admire how she is able to grasp the detail of a case without losing sight of the bigger picture.” 

Previously, the same directory has recorded that Carol’s “forte lies in her handling of sensitive and challenging matters” and that she is known for her “excellent advice with regard to bonus disputes, breaches of contract and restrictive covenants”. 

Carol has repeatedly been praised by clients for her “practical and straightforward advice”, her “down to earth, easy attitude”, her “deft ability to instil confidence in the trickiest of cases” and her skill in “dealing with complex legal issues in a commercial context”. She has also been described as “formidable in conference and in court”.

Brian Doyle - President, Employment Tribunals (England & Wales)
Dr Brian Doyle was made President of the Employment Tribunals (England & Wales) on 1 April 2014. He was previously the Regional Employment Judge for the North West of England. Prior to his judicial appointment in 2000, he was Professor of Law and Dean of Law at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of a number of textbooks on employment tribunals; on disability discrimination; and on the Equality Act.

Eleena Misra - Littleton Chambers
Eleena specialises in employment, general commercial litigation and disciplinary work. She has broad and in depth expertise in dealing with complex disputes in both the private and public sector. She has been instructed on several judicial reviews for public sector bodies, especially in the field of education.

Eleena has a particular expertise and experience in cases with a medical dimension, having acted for numerous NHS Trusts, doctors, midwives and other health practitioners. These cases have ranged from specialist tribunals and panels (such as the Postgraduate Medical and Postgraduate Training Board and General Medical Council) to High Court actions, restraining the dismissal or suspension of consultants, internal disciplinary and grievance hearings and judicial review. Eleena has recently completed a Diploma course in Forensic Medical Sciences in furtherance of her medico-legal interests. 

In the private sector, Eleena has provided advice to professionals, companies and firms negotiating difficult staff and business transitions in the current economic climate. Clients have ranged from well known sports and media personalities to multinational corporations and banking institutions. Public sector clients include the police, local authorities and Primary Care Trusts.

Eleena is known for her ability to assimilate complex material swiftly and provide strategic and commercial advice. Highly approachable and hands-on, Eleena is valued by solicitors for her calm approach to even the most time pressured and stressful litigation, including short notice injunctions, as well as sensitive client handling skills.

Eleena is the author of Procedure in Civil Courts and Tribunals (Wildys 2010). She is co-author of Atkins on Employment and Atkins on Equal Opportunities as well as having collaborated with fellow members of chambers on eminent works such as Blackstone’s’ Employment Law Practice, and Employment Covenants & Confidential Information (Selwyn Bloch QC and Kate Brearley). Eleena lectures and delivers training regularly.

Mark Shulman - Consultant Solicitor, Keystone Law
Mark is a consultant solicitor with Keystone Law and has a wealth of experience acting for a variety of commercial clients, as well as for public sector and not-for-profit clients, in a broad range of employment law matters. He has a particular interest in discrimination law and issues relating to transfer of undertakings. In addition to advisory work, Mark is an experienced Employment Tribunal advocate. 

As well as contributing to Bath Publishing’s Employment Cases Update, Mark is also a speaker at employment law seminars and workshops.

Mark is also an accredited Employment and Workplace Mediator whose work as a practising employment lawyer has provided him with a first-hand understanding of relationship issues that can arise in the workplace and how to resolve them.