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Amy Smith

Year of call 2011, Lincoln’s Inn  

Areas of Expertise

Head of Tenancy and Pupillage Committee

Employment: Band 3
"She is very personable and good with witnesses; she is reassuring to clients and witnesses as well as instructing solicitors. As a part time employment judge, she knows the procedure and where to focus her time."
"Amy is strong in all areas necessary to provide an excellent service as counsel."
"She is always going the extra mile, and pointing out additional matters for the instructing solicitor and client to consider."

Chambers and Partners 2024

Employment: "Amy is very client-friendly and is excellent at cross-examining particularly difficult witnesses. She also works very well under pressure and is quick to get stuck into the difficult issues which determine whether a case is won or lost."

Legal 500 2024

"Amy provides clear, concise and pragmatic advice. She is excellent with commercial clients in understanding their objectives and managing their expectations. She is a phenomenal advocate with a calm but tenacious approach."

Legal 500 2023

Employment (Northern Bar):
"She is a very good opponent." "She is one to watch for the future."

Chambers and Partners 2022

"Amy provides a great service. Amy is efficient, knowledgeable and friendly and gives sensible advice. I would highly recommend Amy."

Legal 500 2022

Employment (Northern Bar):
"She is knowledgeable, thorough and easy to work with."

Chambers and Partners 2021

"Strengths - extremely thorough and well prepared; clear and articulate in presenting a case; approachable, personable and can build trust with a client very quickly."

Legal 500 2020

Employment – Northern (Bar): Up and Coming
"She's good with complex cases and great at putting a witness at ease."

Chambers and Partners 2020

Employment – ranked Tier 1
“Pragmatic and commercial in her advice.”

Legal 500 2019

'Incisive and quick on her feet.'

Legal 500 2018


Amy Smith

Amy is an established barrister of over 10 years' experience. Her calm manner gives her clients confidence, and her exceptional advocacy gives them great results. She combines a commercial understanding of the issues with a clear tactical intelligence to work hard in her clients’ best interests. She is communicative and service focused.

Prior to starting pupillage, Amy worked for the Law Commission in the Commercial and Common Law Team specialising in consumer and insurance law. She has also represented clients for FRU and the Bar Pro Bono Unit. In addition, whilst completing the BPTC Amy set up and ran an employment law, pro bono advisory service. This experience gives her a rounded view of not only the issues faced in this work but also the most practical ways to overcome them.

In her spare time, Amy volunteers for work with her local ambulance trust.



Amy specialises in employment law and has appeared in the Employment Tribunal, in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, representing both claimants and respondents in final hearings, preliminary hearings and judicial mediations. She regularly appears in lengthy multi-day hearings.

Amy has a particular interest in discrimination cases, most particularly in sex and disability discrimination claims. She has also represented clients in employment cases in the County Court, with the result that she has experience of both Tribunal and County Court procedure.

Amy regularly advises on all aspects of employment litigation including appeals. Her experience is vast and includes:

• Unfair dismissal, including constructive dismissal;
• Discrimination; 
• European law and its impact upon employment law;
• Protected disclosures;
• Redundancy;
• Trade union matters;
• Deductions from wages;
• Working Time Regulations;
• Restrictive covenants;
• National minimum wage;
• Breach of contract. 


Amy is an experienced appellate advocate and has appeared in the following cases:

  • A Leader v The Borough Council of Bolton (UKEAT/0231/15/RN) – two preliminary appeals and one full appeal on several grounds, most notably whether the Judge at first instance ought to have reconsidered his Judgment on disability.
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland v Mr P O’Doherty (UKEAT/0307/14/RN) – an appeal on several grounds including issues of recoupment notices, half-pay sickness absence and the re-opening of a liability decision on Polkey and contributory fault via applications for reconsideration.

Amy has a particular interest in discrimination cases, most particularly in sex and disability discrimination claims. In pupillage Amy worked closely with Joanne Woodward on a high profile case involving a claim for indirect race discrimination reported at Kapenova v Department of Health [2013] EqLR 188.

She has also represented clients in employment cases in the County Court, with the result that she has experience of both Tribunal and County Court procedure.


Amy has co-authored two papers which were published in the New Law Journal on consumer law. She has also co-written a paper on the development of insurance law, which was later presented in a seminar.


Amy regularly provides seminars and workshops for legal and non-legal clients. She has appeared in mock tribunals in order to provide both an insight into how the Tribunal system works and tactical approaches to Tribunal litigation.


Fee Paid Employment Judge, Midlands West Region 2021

Scholarships and Prizes

Eastham Scholarship and Sir Thomas More Bursary, Lincoln's Inn


Employment Law Bar Association
Employment Lawyers Association


Law with European Law LLB (Hons), University of Leeds.
BPTC, BPP Law School Leeds.

Prescribed Information

Amy Smith is a practising barrister who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Amy can be found here

Amy's clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that she provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Amy to undertake Tribunal work for a brief fee plus additional refresher days. For advisory work, paperwork and conferences it is most commonly charged at an hourly rate, although fixed fees may be available depending on the circumstances. Amy will typically return paperwork within 7-14 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.

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