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Naomi Cunningham

Naomi Cunningham

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Naomi Cunningham has specialised in employment and discrimination law throughout her career. She acts for a mix of public and private sector employers, large and small, and individual employees and trade unions, giving her an overview of both sides’ priorities and tactics.

Naomi accepts instructions in goods and services discrimination as well as in the full range of employment matters. She places an emphasis on demystifying the employment tribunal process for clients with prompt, clear and practical advice.

She has particular interests in whistleblowing, working time, holiday pay and the minimum wage, and has experience on both sides in interim relief applications. She has been instructed in a number of multi-claimant equal pay cases, including (as first junior to Andrew Short QC) the ongoing mass equal pay claim against Asda described by the BBC as ‘Made in Dagenham for the 21st Century‘.

Naomi is happy to accept instructions to act as an independent investigator or decision-maker in workplace disciplinary or grievance proceedings. She has experience of acting in both capacities including in matters involving highly sensitive allegations, and has been praised for her clarity and balance.


Naomi writes a popular and practical guide to employment tribunal proceedings, Employment Tribunal Claims: tactics and precedents, now in its 4th edition.

Several reviewers describe the book as essential, and a review in the ELA Briefing adds “Every employment lawyer (including the tribunal judiciary) will learn something of value from reading this book.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • Discrimination Law Association
  • Trustee of the Anti-Trafficking & Labour Exploitation Unit



Naomi Cunningham is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

Areas of Law




“She is thorough and has a very good manner with clients.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2019

“She gets back to you quickly and she knows her stuff.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2019

“She has rare expertise in discrimination cases.” Employment, Legal 500 2019

“Very good. Steady and persistent.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2018

“She will always go the extra mile.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2018

“She has assiduous attention to detail and flawless knowledge.” Employment, Legal 500 2017

“She always makes clients feel at ease and explains things in a very clear way – she is very practical and pragmatic in her advice.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2017

“She has rare expertise in interim relief applications in union detriment cases.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2017

“Extremely thorough and professional, as well as personable and approachable with clients.” Employment, Legal 500 2016

“Very responsive and always willing to go the extra mile.” Employment, Legal 500 2015

“She has a very good bedside manner and is able to explan things to clients in a manner that allays their fears.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2014

“A very effective practitioner.” Employment, Legal 500 2014

“Great depth of intellect and refuses to just accept the obvious interpretation of a piece of legislation.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2010

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