|Call date: 1997|
|Clerk: David Smith|
Lydia Seymour has a specialist pensions and employment law practice.
She has been recognised as a leading junior by the legal directories since 2005, and is named in this year’s Legal 500 ‘Leading Juniors’ list and Chambers & Partners ‘Leaders in their Field’ for 2015
Lydia acts and advises in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious pensions work. A selection of work from the past year includes:
Given the dual nature of her practice, Lydia has developed a strong reputation in the areas of crossover between pensions and employment law, including:
Lydia also has substantial experience of statutory schemes, and has been instructed by employers and individuals in matters relating to the Local Government Pensions Scheme (LGPS), Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) and University Superannuation Scheme (USS). She has also advised trade unions on issues arising from the NHS Pension Scheme and Firefighters’ pensions.
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 sex, 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 has acted in a number of high profile cases including, in 2014: Tan v McDermott, Will and Emery  – successful claim for pregnancy discrimination, victimisation and unfair dismissal brought by senior solicitor; Weerasinghe v Basildon & Thurrock NHS Trust  – successful whistleblowing claim by a surgeon at a failing hospital.
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.
"Always well-prepared, she's flexible, unfussy and totally on the ball." Employment, Chambers & partners 2016
"She is able to instil a high degree of confidence in her clients; she takes account of all of their issues and is able to present them in a very effective way." Employment, Chambers & partners 2016
''Razor-sharp, with encyclopaedic knowledge of the constantly shifting field of employment law.'' Employment, Legal 500, 2015
"Very collegiate and always willing to put herself out." "She has really good insight into how to present a case effectively, and is very calm even in the most tense situations." Employment, Chambers and Partners 2015
“extremely insightful and a very creative thinker”.
“thorough, thoughtful and commercial”
“calm, thoughtful and a great advocate”
Chambers and Partners
‘Fights tooth and nail to enhance her client’s position.’ Employment, Legal 500, 2014