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Robert Lassey

Year of call 2016, Lincoln's Inn  

Areas of Expertise
Employment, Employment and Workplace Mediation, Mediation, Criminal

Employment: Up and Coming
"Robert is my go-to counsel for defending tribunal claims. He is a pleasure to work with, gets to grips with the issues quickly and has a manner that clients love."
"Robert is certainly garnering an excellent reputation for being a tenacious discrimination lawyer. He is well prepared, thorough and extremely well read on his case law. A measured and thorough advocate."

Chambers and Partners 2024

Employment - Rising Stars:
"One of Robert's strengths is getting to the crux of complex issues and claims quickly. He is also very good with the clients, and he is not afraid to tackle the weaknesses of a claim, but in a way the client can understand and can then go on to make an informed choice regarding assessment of risk."

Legal 500 2024

Employment - Northern (Bar):
"Robert Lassey's advocacy is excellent and he's commercial."

Chambers and Partners 2023

"Robert is a capable, competent and safe pair of hands due to his sound legal knowledge, experience, and expert litigation strategy and tactics. He is hard-working, thorough, masters the law and the facts comprehensively, and has an engaging personality. He is passionate about achieving the best possible outcome, but honest and realistic about confronting risk and weaknesses in the proceedings with a pragmatic approach to dispute resolution."

Legal 500 2023


Robert Lassey

Since completion of his Pupillage in 2017, Robert has specialised in litigation across the gamut of Employment law. Despite his relatively junior level of call, he has quickly developed a formidable track record of successfully appearing on behalf of multiple parties in technically complex heavyweight cases which would ordinarily be reserved for significantly more senior Counsel. Constantly in demand with Partners and Senior Solicitors from some of the UK's most distinguished law firms and local authorities, Robert predominantly acts for high-net-worth individuals and large multi-national Respondent companies.



Robert undertakes work in all areas of Employment law. He has considerable experience in the conduct of multi-day hearings (both preliminary and final), judicial mediations, remedy hearings, and appeals in a wide range of demanding cases.

With a particular expertise in discrimination, victimisation, and whistleblowing cases, Robert has already attracted recognition from both legal directories, with The Legal 500 describing him as a 'rising star' (2023 & 2024 eds) and Chambers and Partners ranking him as the only 'up and coming' Employment law junior on the Northern Circuit (2023 & 2024 eds).

Recent examples of his work include:



  • Appearing alone for five Respondents against two Claimants in a complex 17-day claim involving over 200 allegations of discrimination across five protected characteristics (judgment not available for reasons of confidentiality);
  • Appearing alone for two Claimants in a 15-day whistleblowing / unfair dismissal complaint concerning the dismissal of three car plant operatives accused of bullying (Mr K Flanagan (1) Mr A Rothery (2) & Mr S Flanagan (3) v Vauxhall Motors Ltd [2023] UKET 2405923/2019); and
  • Representing the Respondent in a 6-day claim for sexual harassment involving multiple allegations of sexual assault, abuse of managerial power, and the exchange of intimate bodily photographs over social media. Following the dismissal of her claims, the Claimant was ordered to pay the Respondent £11,300 in costs. (Liability judgment not available for reasons of confidentiality. Costs judgment available at: A v B and C [2023] UKET 1805728/2021).

Robert also enjoys a considerable drafting practice. He is frequently instructed to settle pleadings and provide advice in high value claims on complex points of law and strategy. He is similarly adept at handling Discrimination and/or Employment-orientated contractual disputes in the County and/or High Courts, and welcomes instructions in this regard.

Recent instructions have included:

  • Drafting grounds of complaint in a complicated 25-day whistleblowing claim against a well-known global media corporation;
  • Drafting grounds of resistance for a national distribution business accused of wrongful dismissal and breach of contract by an ex-manager; and
  • Drafting grounds of complaint for a Senior Solicitor accused of gross misconduct and breach of contract by a national law firm.

Whilst at university, Robert was previously involved with a number of community-based fundraising and volunteering endeavours, successful in amassing over £100,000 for local causes; a charitable spirit which he maintains in practice by volunteering with several Employment law pro-bono initiatives including; ELAAS, Advocate, and FRU.


Robert is a qualified Civil, Commercial, and Workplace Mediator. He provides mediation services in a wide array of cases, with a particular focus on workplace relations.


Complimenting his Employment law work, Robert has also developed a thriving Criminal practice, undertaking all aspects of Criminal work. He is consistently instructed by both the Prosecution and Defence and is currently a Category 2 Prosecutor. He has a particular interest in cases involving a crossover with his Employment law practice.


Alongside his busy practice, Robert also holds a position as a Guest Lecturer at BPP Law School in Manchester.

Away from work, Robert is a keen actor. Having been a committed member of a local Youth Theatre charity for almost twenty years, he currently serves as Chairman of the organisation's Board of Trustees. When time permits, he also enjoys playing tennis, and listening to classical music.



Guest Lecturer, BPP Law School, Manchester
Civil, Commercial and Workplace Mediator

Scholarships and Prizes

Megarry Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn
Advocacy Scholarship, BBP Law School




LLM, Employment, Work and Equality, University of Bristol (Ongoing)
LLB (Hons), BPTC, LLM (PLP), BBP Law School, Leeds – Distinction (82%)
BA (Hons) French Studies and History, Lancaster University – 2:1

Prescribed Information

Robert Lassey is a practising barrister, regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The information held by the BSB about him can be found here.

Robert’s clerks will provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that he provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Robert to undertake Court and Tribunal work for a brief fee plus refresher days, although fixed fees are available. Robert also accepts instructions on legal aid rates where those are available, details of which can be found here. For paperwork, Robert most commonly charges at an hourly rate, although fixed fees are available. Robert will typically return paperwork within 7-10 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.

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