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Lena Amartey

Year of call 2008, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn  

Areas of Expertise

GDPR Policy


Approved List of Counsel for Equality and Human Rights Commission (2011)
Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel)

Scholarships and Prizes:

Hardwick Scholar (2007). University of Sheffield Centenary Achievement Award (2005)


Employment Law Bar Association,
Employment Lawyers Association


LLM, University College London. LLB (Hons), University of Sheffield


Lena regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal acting for both Claimants and Respondents on all types of employment disputes including:

  • Unfair dismissal/wrongful dismissal;
  • Redundancy;
  • Whistleblowing;
  • All forms of discrimination;
  • Unlawful deduction from wages;
  • Working Time Regulations;
  • Breach of contract;
  • Agency Workers Regulations 2010;
  • Costs applications; and
  • Transfer of undertakings.

Lena is frequently instructed in complex multi-day discrimination claims, as illustrated by her representing a Respondent in a 7-week race discrimination claim in Central London Employment Tribunal (Iteshi v London Underground Ltd, Transport for London and Reed Consulting Ltd). As well as having a keen interest in discrimination claims, Lena has a wealth of experience in conducting employment Tribunal litigation on behalf of Higher Education Bodies, Local Authorities and NHS Trusts. Lena is also frequently instructed by trade unions, police authorities, international businesses as well as employee clients. 

Lena also provides advisory and drafting services in respect of all types of employment disputes including advice on prospects, quantum, procedure and appealing 1st instance decisions. Lena has a particular strength in dealing with evidential and tactical matters. Lena also frequently delivers seminars to Solicitors on a variety of topics, including most recently, Ill Health Disciplinary, Disability & Pregnancy Discrimination, remedies and costs in the Employment Tribunal, practical guide to redundancy dismissals and TUPE.

With regard to appellate work, Lena has recently appeared in the EAT in the following cases:

  • Keppel Seghers UK Limited v Mr. Mark Hinds [2014] IRLR 754 – appeal against Tribunal’s judgement that the Claimant was a worker for the purposes of section 43K(1), extended definition of worker for the purposes of whistleblowing complaints. Particularly, focussing on the application of section 43K(1) where there is no contractual relationship between the Claimant and Respondent.
  • Merchandising Sales Force Limited v Mrs Joanne Dawson (UKEATPA/1762/11/RN) - appeal against the Tribunal's judgement in a claim for unlawful deduction from wages. This appeal was particularly concerned with the authorities on the interpretation of section 13(2)(a) and (b) ERA 1996.
  • Montracon Limited v Mr. Ernest Francis Hardcastle (UKEAT/0307/12/JOJ) - appeal against the Tribunal's judgement on remedy in a unfair dismissal claim where the Tribunal made a reduction to the compensatory award on the grounds of conduct prior to dismissal without making a similar reduction to the basic award. This appeal focused on the relationship and interplay between sections 122(2) and 123(6) ERA 1996 and the extent of the Tribunal's discretion in their application of both sections.
  • Mr. T. Espie v Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Limited (UKEAT/0321/12) - appeal against a Tribunal's judgement on the pool of selection in a redundancy exercise and the application and interpretation of section 15 Equality Act 2010 (disability related discrimination).

Lena also represents clients in the County Court combining her knowledge of the County Court procedure and employment law to the advantage of her clients. Lena has a particular interest in matters of contractual construction and interpretation in the employment context. Lena is frequently instructed by trade unions, police authorities, international businesses as well as employee clients.

Lena was appointed to the approved list of Counsel for the Equality & Human Rights Commission in 2011 and has completed a secondment with the Commission's Legal Enforcement Team. During her time at the Commission Lena provided advisory services focusing on race discrimination and the provision of public service and functions, particularly members associations. Having studied Human Rights during her Masters, Lena has a particular interest in the area of discrimination both within and outside the employment context. Most recently this was utilised in Lena representing Claimants in successful claim for breach of contract arising out of non-payment of bonus by the Co-operative Banking Group following the financial crisis in the case of Herron v Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Ltd. The case involved detailed analysis of contractual principles and particularly the circumstances in which a discretionary bonus becomes contractual. As well having a complex factual background the case considered the principles of irrationality and perversity and the impact of the FSA decisions on payments of bonus.

Prior to being called to the bar Lena worked as a Legal Advisor for an international construction company providing advisory services on numerous property and contractual issues. Whilst in this role Lena reported directly to Directors and utilises this experience to provide a service, which encompasses awareness of the commercial impact of legal disputes and analysis of tactical steps from both a legal and financial perspective.

Lena is accredited by the Bar Council to undertake direct public access work.


Lena has frequently represented governing bodies and local authorities in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal. Lena's practice in this area developed from her extensive experience of dealing with complex multi-day disability discrimination claims in the Employment Tribunal.

Since extending her practice into this area Lena has represented schools and local authorities in a range of proceedings before the First Tier Tribunal including:

  • School exclusions appeals;
  • Appeal against LA decisions in respect of a statement of SEN or a EHC plan;
  • Disability Discrimination claims;
  • Complaints against a School Governing Body; and
  • Complaints to a Local Government Ombudsman.

Lena has developed a particular interest in assisting Responsible Bodies in preparation for SEN Tribunal claims, including:

  • Drafting statements of case;
  • Preparation of evidence and witness statements;
  • Providing advice on prospects of success;
  • Communication and mediation with parental advocates or solicitors;
  • Conferences with witnesses ahead of Tribunal hearings; and
  • Commissioning of experts evidence.

Prescribed Information

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

Lena Amartey'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 Lena Amartey to undertake any Court, Tribunal or Mediation work for a brief fee plus additional refresher days. For advisory and drafting work or conferences, these are most commonly charged at an hourly rate although fixed fees may be available. Lena Amartey will typically return paperwork within 7 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.

"Lena is great with clients and witnesses and helps guide them through the tribunal process. She is always ultra prepared for conferences and hearings and she is often instructed to advise ahead of the hearing as part of the strategy discussions. She is a great advocate and very impressive on her feet. She is confident and strategic and really takes the time to understand the client's businesses. She is a go-to barrister on all claims."

Legal 500 2023

Employment (Northern Bar):
"She is absolutely top notch, she has gravitas in front of the tribunal and is an impressive character who instils confidence and encouragement into clients and witnesses." "I was very impressed with how quickly and thoroughly she read into papers; she is very commercial and I would recommend her to a colleague in a heartbeat." "She is very good with clients, technically savvy and very well prepared."

Chambers and Partners 2022

"Tenacious in hearings, well-prepared, practical and easy to work with, agile thinker."

Legal 500 2022

Employment (Northern Bar):
"She is very client-friendly and determined."

Chambers and Partners 2021

Employment: Leading Junior Band 2
"Robust in cross-examination and always well-prepared."

Legal 500 2020

Employment – Northern (Bar): Leading Junior Band 4
"An impressive and robust advocate who is not afraid to give an early view on merits and strategy. Clients warm easily to Lena, trusting that she has a good understanding of their business and will really get behind their case."

Chambers and Partners 2020

Employment – Northern Bar: Leading Barrister (Up and Coming)
"She's got gravitas and is technically excellent."
"Robust at cross-examination and always thorough with client preparation."

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019

'A feisty advocate with a practice beyond her years of call.’'

Legal 500, 2017

‘A real star; she is technically very competent and exceptionally good with clients.’

Legal 500, 2016

"More than able to hold her own against senior counsel; a rising star."

Legal 500 2015

"Gets to grips with instructions quickly."

Legal 500 2014

"demonstrates considerable talent"

Legal 500 2013

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