Lydia Seymour

Call date: 1997
Clerk: David Smith
Areas of Law: Pensions, Employment & Discrimination
Practice summary

Lydia Seymour has a specialist employment and pensions law practice.

She has been recognised as a leading junior by the legal directories since 2005 and is named in the Legal 500 guide to outstanding junior barristers for 2013.


Lydia advises in both contentious and non-contentious pensions work, including rectification issues; section 75 debt claims and PPF levies. She has a particular interest in statutory schemes and has experience of advising in matters relating to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) and the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS), particularly on transfer related issues.

Given the dual nature of her practice, Lydia is developing a strong reputation in the areas of crossover between pensions and employment law including: TUPE, age discrimination and breach of trust and confidence issues.


Lydia has substantial experience of employment and discrimination cases at all levels and has a strong reputation for dealing with complex and high profile discrimination matters (notably disability, age and religious discrimination).

She has a particular interest in parental rights in the workplace, having advised and acted in many claims relating to maternity discrimination and flexible working and advised the Commission for Equality and Human Rights on aspects of the Equality Act 2010.

Lydia has wide experience of all issues relating to the termination of employment; dealing with both individual and group dismissals. She also deals with issues arising under TUPE, as well as bonus and restrictive covenant claims in the High Court.

She also has wide experience of Industrial Relations issues, most notably in claims brought under s146 TULRA (often arising out of industrial action). She has represented Respondents in a significant number of s146 claims arising out of industrial action in the transport sector.

She has acted in a number of high profile cases including, most recently: Tan v McDermott, Will and Emery [2013] – maternity discrimination claim by senior solicitor; Weerasinghe v Basildon & Thurrock NHS Trust [2013] – whistleblowing claim by a surgeon at a failing hospital; BAA Airports Limited v Simpson [2012] (UKEAT/0429) – Tribunal recommendations and damages in discrimination claims; R (on the application of B) v Islington Borough Council [2010] All ER (D) 97 – disability discrimination and education.

She co-edits the Discrimination section of Butterworths' Civil Court Practice (The Green Book) and is also a co-editor of Tottels Discrimination Law.

Lydia sits as a part-time Employment Judge in the London South region.

Lydia has recently been described by a lay client as “...a wonderful advocate… a highly effective lawyer”.

A selection of recent cases
  • Tan v McDermott, Will and Emery [2013]
  • maternity discrimination claim brought by senior solicitor. The Lawyer, July 2013.


  • BAA Airports Limited v Simpson [2012] (UKEAT/0429)
  • Tribunal recommendations and damages in discrimination claims.


  •  R (on the application of B) v Islington Borough Council
  • 2010] All ER (D) 97 
  • Disability discrimination and education.


  • Arthur v London Eastern Railway [2007] ICR 58 (CA).  Whistleblowing and striking out of claims.


  • Baynton v South West Trains
  • 2005 [ICR] 1730
  • Disability Discrimination after termination of employment and time limits.


  • Coxon -V- Rank Xerox (UK) Ltd
  • 2003]ICR 628 (EAT)
  • Contributory fault and unfair dismissal


  • Consignia -V- Sealy
  • [2002]3 All ER 801 (CA)
  • Employment Tribunal Procedure


  • Shergill v Coca-Cola
  • [2002]EAT, New Law Online 2/9/03 (EAT)
  • Meaning of disability


  • Fadipe -V- Reed
  • [2001]CA, Lawtel Ref C9900273
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