Head of Tenancy and Pupillage Committee
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;
• European law and its impact upon employment law;
• Protected disclosures;
• 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:
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  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
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.
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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