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Silk: 2016 | Call: 1994
Daniel Tatton-Brown QC


Daniel specialises in all aspects of employment law. He was appointed a QC in 2016.

Prior to taking silk he had for many years been recognised as a leading junior by Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500: in the latter he was ranked in "Band 1” – i.e. one of the top 8 ranked junior employment barristers in the country.

In the 2017 Edition of “Who’s Who Legal” he is cited as a Leading Silk in Labour and Employment, and described as “pleasantness personified, but equally effective”.

Daniel regularly appears in the High Court in employee competition litigation, particularly involving injunctive relief; in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal (often in cases in which he did not appear at first instance); and in complex or high value employment tribunal litigation. He is frequently instructed to appear in cases of particular significance, sensitivity or complexity.

Daniel prides himself on working closely and effectively with clients and solicitors. Recent unsolicited client feedback has included the following:

"I am extremely grateful to you for everything you have done, the way you have always made yourself readily available and approachable not to mention your outstanding leadership in the case, without which I would have been completely overwhelmed a long time ago...”

Daniel’s instructing solicitor in a substantial team move case, acting for individual and corporate defendants. The case settled on good terms shortly before the start of a 10 day High Court trial.

"There are no words adequate to describe our gratitude for your professional excellence, humanity, humour and integrity.”

Lay client for whom Daniel recently acted in successfully resisting all claims for injunctive relief following a speedy trial in the High Court. The client was awarded all his costs.

"We simply cannot thank you enough for what you did for us last week. Thank you and ultimate respect for uncovering the reality that sat beneath their rhetoric.”

Husband and wife entrepreneurs for whom Daniel acted in high value employment-related litigation that arose following the sale of their business.

"You have been such a formidable victorious opponent to such a giant organisation. Your wit, confidence, and brilliant strategy have made it all possible whilst navigating these muddy waters.”

Senior banker for whom Daniel acted and advised and whose discrimination and equal pay claims against a well-known bank were settled for a substantial figure.


Recent Legal Directory comments include the following:

Extremely measured and calm with a determined and proactive approach and very good client skills.”  Chambers and Partners 2017

“Recommended for his rapid grasp of the issues and methodical approach.” Legal 500 2017

"Singled out by sources for his sensitive and lucid approach to lay clients.” "A very good and incisive advocate." Chambers & Partners 2015

"An extremely good advocate – tenacious and accomplished without coming across as heavy-handed or aggressive." Legal 500 2015

"He came up with the most imaginative and fabulous argument in a recent discrimination claim." Chambers & Partners 2014

"He's a thorough and incisive advocate." Chambers & Partners 2014

"Impresses sources with his responsiveness and his thorough approach.” Chambers & Partners 2013

"Combines excellent strategic thinking with skilled advocacy.”  Legal 500 2012

"Highly rated by market sources," who say he is "an excellent negotiator who is great on the detail.” Chambers & Partners 2012

"A good team player who is extremely personable and easy to get on with." Chambers & Partners 2012

"Continues to impress... gains the respect of his peers for his precise, astute and to-the-point observations.” Chambers & Partners 2011

Clients "appreciate his creative streak and his calm, sensitive and down to earth approach." Chambers & Partners 2011

"Has the ability to make extremely complicated and technical legal points seem extremely accessible to the client. Chambers & Partners 2010

Daniel was called to the Bar in 1994, having graduated from Oxford University with First Class Honours in Politics Philosophy and Economics.


    Appellate Work

Daniel has appeared in many of the leading appellate cases in employment law in recent years. For instance, he acted on behalf of the successful appellant in one of the most significant recent CA discrimination decisions: Reynolds v CLFIS (UK) Ltd [2015] ICR 1010.

According to the 2014 edition of Chambers and Partners Daniel is "recognised for his strength at appellate level”.

Daniel is frequently instructed to appear in the EAT and in the Court of Appeal. He has a notable record of success in both courts. His reported cases include:

Reynolds v CLFIS (UK) Ltd [2015] ICR 1010 - A very important decision concerning the approach to claims for direct discrimination in "tainted information” cases. The CA overturned the decision of the EAT.

Dhunna v CreditSights Ltd [2015] ICR 105 CA - Whether a tribunal had jurisdiction to hear a claim for unfair dismissal brought by an employee based in Dubai. 

Cockram v Air Products Plc [2014] ICR1065, [2014] IRLR 672 - An important decision concerning the novel point of post resignation affirmation in constructive dismissal.

Tayeh v Barchester Healthcare Ltd [2013] IRLR 387 CA - Whether the tribunal had erred by substituting its own views about the fairness of dismissal for those of the employer.

Adamson v Swansea University [2010] All ER (D) 38 (May)- Daniel successfully defended an "appearance of bias” appeal brought by a claimant on the basis of allegations of irregular conduct on the part of (other!) counsel and the tribunal judge. Following cross examination before the EAT the appeal was dismissed with a substantial costs order made against the appellant.

Software 2000 Ltd Andrews [2007] ICR 825, [2007] IRLR 568 EAT - Elias J gave guidance, in what has become the most frequently cited authority on the correct approach to possible Polkey reductions, following a multi-claimant tribunal hearing.

McPherson v BNP Paribas [2004] IRLR 588 - Probably the leading CA authority on costs orders by employment tribunals. Daniel acted for the employer who secured a costs order for £90k against the investment banker claimant.

A more comprehensive list of his reported cases is set out on his downloadable C.V.

    Employee Competition

Daniel is regularly instructed – both for anxious employers and departing employees - in cases involving employee competition. In a recent edition of Chambers and Partners it said that his "broad-based employment practice is founded on his core expertise in relation to restraint of trade issues”.

Issues such as the enforcement of restrictive covenants (in employment contracts and in share sale or partnership agreements) and garden leave, the legality of team moves, breaches of fiduciary duties and the misuse of confidential information frequently arise. Recent work includes:-

  • Being instructed on behalf of the corporate defendant in a multi-million pound City team move case. The case settled shortly after disclosure.
  • Securing an injunction to prevent the sale of shares in the context of substantial boardroom battle.
  • Successfully defending an action for injunctive relief following a 3 day speedy trial in the High Court. Daniel’s client was awarded the entirety of all his costs.
  • Getting leave to appeal to the CA against an adverse costs order following a without notice application made against a departing employee. The case would have addressed important issues of principle concerning the costs in such applications, but settled once leave to appeal was granted.

Appearing for the successful Claimant in J M Finn v Holliday [2014] IRLR 102 (QB),an important garden leave case in which a 12 month garden leave injunction was granted following a speedy trial (having earlier successfully secured an injunction at the interim stage following a contested hearing). Daniel also appeared in SG & R Valuation Service Co LLC v Boudrais and others [2008] IRLR 770, the leading High Court authority on garden leave injunctions in the absence of a garden leave clause, and which was cited in Holliday.

    Discrimination and Whistleblowing

Daniel acts for employers and employees in high value and high stakes discrimination claims. In the most a recent edition of Chambers and Partners one of the testimonials records that "He came up with the most imaginative and fabulous argument in a recent discrimination claim."

His recent work includes:

  • Acting for the successful appellant in Reynolds v CLFIS (UK) Ltd [2015] ICR 1010. This was an age discrimination case in which the CA provided authoritative guidance on how to approach allegations of direct discrimination involving "tainted information”. It is one of the most practically significant CA discrimination decisions in recent years.
  • Acting for a Respondent in a substantial (5 week) claim brought by multiple claimants alleging race and religious discrimination (direct, indirect and harassment) as part of a substantial work-place dispute which resulted in industrial action and allegations of intimidation and corruption. The litigation generated an earlier appeal to the EAT following a Preliminary Hearing dealing with proposed amendments to the claims.
  • Advising and acting on behalf of a senior banker whose claims against a well- known bank for sex discrimination and equal pay resulted in a substantial settlement. This litigation too resulted in an (unsuccessful) appeal by the Respondent against a case management decision. The client provided this unsolicited feedback:

"You have been such a formidable victorious opponent to such a giant organisation. Your wit, confidence, and brilliant strategy have made it all possible whilst navigating these muddy waters.”

Other recent cases include being instructed by a leading City law firm to defend race and sex discrimination claims brought against it by a senior solicitor, and acting for a full equity partner in her claims for sex discrimination against another leading firm of solicitors. He has also recently acted for a well-known University in connection with a series of discrimination claims brought against it, its Vice Chancellor and senior academics.

Daniel acted for the Respondent in J v DLA Piper LLP UK [2010] ICR 1052, [2010] IRLR 936, an Equality and Human Rights Commission backed appeal before the EAT President which addressed important aspects of the definition of "disability” for the purposes of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, in the context of depression.

Daniel also frequently appears in and advises on whistleblowing cases: his most recent such cases include acting for a leading medical charity (in which all claims brought against it were dismissed after a lengthy hearing) and for a whistleblower employee against British Telecom Plc (which resulted in a substantial six figure settlement following cross examination of the employer’s witnesses).

    Employment Related Contractual Disputes

Daniel is frequently instructed in employment related contractual disputes, typically concerning such matters as bonus claims, enhanced redundancy payments, PHI related claims, claims arising out of the implied duty of trust and confidence and shareholder disputes, often of high value.

Examples of this work are Silvey v Pendragon [2001] IRLR 685, [2002] PLR 277 CA, which was a successful appeal in the CA on the assessment of damages for wrongful dismissal in the context of pension loss; and Marlow v East Thames Housing Group Ltd [2002] IRLR 798 a PHI claim in which the High Court considered the duty of an employer, as a facet of the implied duty of trust and confidence, to sue an insurance company which refuses to made PHI payments in respect of one of its employees.

As well as substantive claims Daniel is also highly experienced in employment related High Court applications – e.g. applications for pre-action disclosure under CPR Part 36.16.

    Personal Background

Daniel was educated at Winchester College, Hampshire, and Oriel College, Oxford University. He graduated from the latter with First Class Honours in PPE. He then completed a post graduate diploma in law at City University before being called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1994. He was awarded the Diplock Scholarship by Middle Temple.

Daniel is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, for whose Briefing Newsletter he is an occasional contributor. He is also a member of the ELAAS scheme under which advocates appear pro-bono to assist litigants in person with apparently hopeless appeals in the EAT 

Daniel lives with his wife, a Consultant at St Georges Hospital, Tooting, and their three children in South London, within striking distance of Tooting Bec Lido. Although he once cycled to Istanbul, he rarely now finds time to pedal further afield than Richmond Park, normally with a child in tow.