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James Arnold has a specialist employment and discrimination law practice.

He has comprehensive experience in representing clients in complex and lengthy cases, with particular expertise in handling discrimination claims for respondent employers.

James is predominantly instructed by public and private sector organisations including NHS Trusts, police forces, county councils, and large corporate clients. Claims encompass in particular disability, race, sex, age, gender reassignment and protected disclosures (whistle-blowing).

He also maintains an extensive and wide-ranging advisory practice on all aspects of employment law, including TUPE and pension transfers, redundancy issues, settlement agreements, equal pay claims, restrictive covenants and bonus schemes.

James has significant experience of conducting mediations in both employment and discrimination claims, as well as an established niche practice in advising both chambers and individual barristers on membership and staffing issues.

James is able to accept instructions from corporate clients directly via the Public Access Scheme.

Employment & Discrimination


JC v The Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary

James represented the Respondent in this matter. This was a large and complex discrimination claim with 74 separate allegations made against the Respondent. The Claimant was represented by a leading junior counsel. In total, James successfully defended all 74 original allegations. The Claimant is now facing a costs application in the sum of £81,000.

CM v Various Police Forces

A firearms matter involving issues of national security. James acted for the lead Respondent in this matter. The other Respondents and the Claimant were also represented by senior counsel. Following a successful costs application by James against the Claimant at a Preliminary Hearing, the matter was successfully resolved.

SH v AB NHS Trust

James was instructed in this matter to chair an internal grievance appeal hearing into alleged whistleblowing at a NHS Trust. Unusually, both the appellant and the respondent were permitted legal representation at this internal hearing. There were over a hundred allegations of alleged detriment, the hearing lasted nearly four days and the respondent was represented by senior counsel. James’ report into the grievance appeal hearing outcome amounted to nearly 35,000 words.

A v B

Complex and highly sensitive discrimination case involving pornography, blackmail, the dark web and duties of confidence owed to third parties.

JH v The Lord Chancellor & Secretary of State for Justice

Unjustified direct and indirect age discrimination regarding the transfer of younger judges to a less beneficial pension scheme. The issues in this case have attracted national publicity.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Employment Lawyers’ Association (ELA)
  • Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)

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