Rebecca Tuck: is an employment barrister at Old Square Chambers. For almost 20 years she has represented both employers and employees in employment and industrial disputes. She is an editor of Harvey on Employment Law and Industrial Relations, and of Tolley’s Employment Law, is a co -author of “Employment Tribunal Procedure” 2nd and 3rd Editions (LAG) and an annual labour law review for the Institute of Employment Rights. She sits as a fee paid employment judge, and a legal assessor for the Nursing and Midwifery Council. In her spare time (!) she likes going to rugby matches, with or without her children.

Officers: Vice-Chairs

Sarah Fraser-Butlin (Vice-Chair): Employment law barrister at Cloisters and Affiliated Lecturer in Labour law at the University of Cambridge. She is considered to be an outstanding advocate, who is pragmatic and has excellent client skills. She has also published regularly on a variety of employment law topics. For further details see:

Charles Wynn-Evans (Vice-Chair): Charles is a partner at Dechert, a fee paid employment judge in the Birmingham region and occasional contributor of casenotes to the ILJ.

Officers: Treasurer

Nike Balogun (Treasurer): Employment Judge

Officers: Secretary

Anna Beale (Secretary): Anna is a barrister at Cloisters chambers. She has specialised in employment and discrimination law for over ten years and is recommended as a leading Employment junior by Chambers UK and the Legal 500. She represents both claimants and respondents and has extensive trial and appellate experience. Anna is the co-author of “Employment Law and Human Rights” (OUP, 2007), “Age and Employment” (European Commission, 2011) and “Discrimination in Employment: a claims handbook” (LAG, 2013).

Ordinary Members

Shubha Banerjee: solicitor at Leigh Day specialising in employment and trade union law.

Iain Birrell: Partner and the National Case Management Coordinator for Thompsons’s specialist Trade Union Law Group with 20 years’ experience. Also a member of the Employment Law Committee of the Law Society.

Omar Khalil: Omar is Head of Legal for EEF’s Key Accounts. He is also responsible for managing EEF’s HR and legal teams in the South (Reading & Bristol). He ensures members receive support on day-to-day ER/HR issues, that they’re fully backed in the event of a crisis, and that they’re kept up to date with employment legislation changes.

Omar joined EEF in 1999 as a legal adviser. A qualified solicitor, he worked in a private practice in Chiswick, London for 6 years before joining EEF, specialising in civil litigation, property law and employment law. At EEF, who represent 2500 manufacturing, engineering and technology businesses, he has acquired vast experience of working in employment litigation, non-contentious employment law and employment relations in England, Scotland and Wales. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, as well as sitting on the National User Group for Employment Tribunals in England and Wales. In the past, he’s represented EEF’s views on policy developments to the Ministry of Justice. Omar was appointed on to the Executive Committee of the Industrial Law society (ILS) in 2015 and re-elected in 2017. He has also spoken on Brexit & Employment Law at the Westminster Employment Forum.

Robert Lewis is a solicitor at Farrer & Co advising employers and senior executives on all aspects of employment law, with a particular interest in the financial services, education and sports sectors. Robert trained at Farrer & Co and qualified in 2013. Prior to converting to law, Robert taught history at a secondary school in Birmingham.

Dr John McMullen: Partner, Wrigleys Solicitors LLP, Visiting Professor of Law, Durham University; Visiting Professor, Leeds University Business School. John has 25 years experience in employment law, is a leading author in the field of employment law and his publications include Business Transfers and Employee Rights, the leading work on TUPE, and Redundancy: The Law and Practice.  He is an Editor of Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law.

Declan O'Dempsey: Cloisters

Victoria Phillips: Head of Employment Rights (Client Relations) at Thompsons Solicitors.

She has acted for trade unions and their members for 23 years. Her main legal interest are working time, TUPE and industrial action. Significant cases include: ASLEF v UK; Metropolitan Resources v Churchill; HMRC v Stringer; ASLEF/RMT v London Midland/SERCO; London Underground v ASLEF; British Airways PLC v Williams and others; Cavanagh, Williams and PCS v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and GTR v ASLEF.

She is a former member of the Internal Justice Council of the United Nations. 

Louise Rea is an Employment Solicitor at Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP. Having started her career in the public sector defending equal pay claims, she now has a diverse practice advising predominantly respondents from the charity and not-for-profit sector, with a special interest in educational institutions, as well as commercial organisations. She is an experienced legal trainer and tribunal advocate.

Hannah Reed: TUC Senior Employment Rights Officer

Michael Reed: Legal Officer, Employment at the Free Representation Unit where he supervises volunteers as well as running his own cases. He is the co-author of Employment Tribunal Claims: Tactics and Precedents and writes regularly at and

Madeline Stanley: Old Square Chambers

Rachel Wedderspoon: Nine St John Street Chambers