Paul Smith

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B.A. (Hons) History & Politics, University of York (2005)
LL.M. Law, University of Leeds (2007)
Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law (2008)
Inaugural Gray’s Inn ICSL Scholarship Award Winner (2007)
Gray’s Inn
Junior Counsel to the Crown

Legal Aid Supplier Number 02BLW

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Practice Overview

Paul Smith is a member of Chambers’ Employment Law team who acts for business and individual clients in Employment Tribunal litigation as well as in High Court commercial disputes arising from the employment relationship. He has been recommended in the Legal 500 UK in every edition since he qualified, with recent editions noting that ‘Clients like his approachability and dedication to cases’ (2017), he has a “wide-ranging employment practice” (2016), is “a committed and enthusiastic young barrister” (2015), and that “he quickly grasps the key issues” (2014).

Paul also undertakes financial remedy and cohabitational trusts of land work within the Family Law sphere.

Other Information:
In 2015 Paul Smith was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown by the Attorney General, to the regional panel.

Paul is a regular contributor to the Daniel Barnett Employment Law Bulletin service.

He is also a regular speaker at legal careers events and is an accredited mentor to students at the University of Bradford and the University of Law, Leeds.

Paul Smith is accredited under the Bar Public Access Scheme and may accept instructions directly from members of the public.

Recent Articles & Seminars:

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Capability Dismissal? (October 2016)
Broadway House Chambers’ Employment Law Annual Conference. A fresh look at the law and practice of unfair dismissal claims in the context of incompetence and ill-health capability, where disability is not a feature.

TUPE… Now that the dust has settled (October 2015)
Broadway House Chambers’ Employment Law Annual Conference. An analysis of the effects of the 2014 reforms to TUPE on reg.7 automatic unfair dismissals and reg.4 variations of contract.

In May 2015 Paul Smith was an expert panellist at the CIPD West Yorkshire Annual Meeting held at the First Direct Arena, Leeds.

Unauthorised Deductions and the Contract of Employment
(February 2015, Broadway Quarterly) – An analysis of the contractual jurisdiction of the Employment Tribunals, unauthorised deductions claims and how far a Tribunal may go in construing the terms of the contract.

Discrimination Law Review (October 2014)
Broadway House Chambers’ Employment Law Annual Conference. An updating seminar on the year’s latest developments in discrimination law, including the burden of proof, liability for agents, limitation, the meaning of disability, and religion/belief discrimination.

Implications of the Enterprise Bill and Underhill Rules Review (October 2012)
Broadway House Chambers’ Employment Law Annual Conference. An introduction to the mechanics of two of the Government’s major innovations as they proceed through Parliament and consultation.

Coalition Government and the End of Idyllic Relations (September 2012, Broadway Quarterly)
In this article, co-written with Rachel Mellor, Paul analysed the Government’s proposed reforms to employment law and Employment Tribunal procedure from the perspective of employees.

Cohabitation Disputes: Applying the Law (March 2012)
A seminar given to Resolution (West & North Yorkshire) on claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 following the Supreme Court’s decision in Kernott v Jones [2011] UKSC 53, the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 and their utility within family proceedings, and on practical matters from the pre-action stage to disposal.

Justification of Discrimination in Employment (October 2011)
Broadway House Chambers’ Employment Law Annual Conference (with Sharn Samra). Further discussion of the topics analysed in “All Animals Are Equal”.

“All Animals Are Equal” – Justifying Discrimination In Tough Times (February 2011, Broadway Quarterly)
An analysis of discrimination law, particularly the requirement for objective justification in indirect discrimination cases (and direct age discrimination cases) following the EAT’s judgments in Cross v British Airways [2005] IRLR 423, Woodcock v Cumbria PCT [2011] IRLR 119 and Cherfi v G4S Security Services (2011) UKEAT 0379/10/2405.

Equal Pay and the Equality Act 2010 (October 2010)
Broadway House Chambers’ Employment Law Annual Conference (with Matthew Rudd). A discussion of the scope and potency of the reforms to equal pay law as consolidated in the Equality Act 2010, the most important piece of anti-discrimination legislation introduced in the UK for a generation.