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Gareth Graham

Gareth Graham

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Gareth Graham is recognised for his expertise by the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2017.

Employment - Western (Bar) - Band 3

Highly experienced in discrimination law and unfair dismissal. He is widely respected for his strategic approach to complex cases.
Strengths: "As well as being technically competent on legal issues, he is also able to demonstrate a good understanding of a client's business and its commercial drivers."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in six cases of racial discrimination, harassment and victimisation against The Co-operative Group.

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2016.

Employment - Western (Bar) - Up and Coming


Has represented high-profile employers and employees in Tribunal cases nationwide, and also acted for students in university disciplinary hearings and employees in professional internal disciplinary issues.


Strengths: "He's well regarded, thorough and client-friendly." "He gets the points across quickly and he's good at cross-examination."

Recent work: Acted for the appellant in the Employment Appeal Tribunal case of Vodafone v Miss A Nicholson.

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2015.

Employment – Western Circuit - Band 2 Set

Gareth Graham - Experienced in a range of employment cases on behalf of clients from a variety of sectors, including recent success with governmental, engineering and automotive clients. Alongside his traditional employment practice, he regularly acts on internal professional disciplinary matters for clients such as rugby clubs and universities.
Expertise: "He is a reliable barrister who is willing to get stuck in."
Recent work: Acted for Horfield Health Centre on an unfair dismissal case brought by a claimant who was dismissed on the grounds of capability.

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Gareth Graham is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2016 for his expertise in the Regional Bar - Western Circuit.
Employment – Leading juniors
Gareth Graham -
He has a great cross-examination style and is very effective.

Gareth Graham is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015 for his expertise in the Regional Bar - Western Circuit.
Employment – Leading juniors
Gareth Graham - He has an incisive and forensic approach to legal arguments, and is an excellent advocate


Employment and Equalities

Gareth was called to the Bar after leaving the British Army and is now highly regarded for his employment law expertise, representing both employers and employees in Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Gareth is ranked as a "Leading Junior"​ in the Legal 500, where it has been said that:

  • "he has an incisive and forensic approach to legal arguments, and is an excellent advocate"​ (2015);
  • "he has a great cross-examination style and is very effective" (2016).

In Chambers and Partners he has been said to be highly experienced in discrimination law and unfair dismissal cases, and:

  • “an impressive advocate; sensible and pragmatic” (2015);
  • "widely respected for his strategic approach to complex cases" (2016);
  • "as well as being technically competent on legal issues, he is also able to demonstrate a good understanding of a client's business and its commercial drivers" (2016). 

In the reported case of Vodafone Ltd v Miss A Nicholson UKEAT/0605/12/SM, an appeal before the former President of the EAT, the Honourable Mr Justice Langstaff, he was described as “engaging and candid.”

He has acted in the tribunal for a European Embassy, global car manufacturers, a leading multi-national engineering group, a number of local authorities and a myriad of SMEs. 

Recent cases have included:

  • acting on behalf of a local health board in Wales in a claim of race discrimination;
  • acting on behalf of another local health board in Wales in a claim of age discrimination;
  • acting on behalf of a household brand in seven interrelated race discrimination claims;
  • a number of complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims in the airline industry;
  • a nurse involved in the alleged mistreatment of infirm nuns at a Convent.

Gareth is also:

  • a Rugby Football Union (“RFU”) Disciplinary Panel Chairman;
  • a Rugby Europe/7’s Judicial Officer;
  • an Army Rugby Union Disciplinary Panel Chairman;
  • a member of the British Gymnastics Disciplinary Panel.



See also

Practice Groups

  • Employment and Equalities

Areas of Expertise

  • Employment and Equalities

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