Guy Watkins

An extraordinarily sharp barrister.

Legal 500 2010

Employment

Guy’s experience of employment work is wide-ranging and covers, for example, unfair dismissal, redundancy, whistle-blowing, and sex, race, disability, religious belief and age discrimination. He acts for both claimants and respondents. He also acts in contractual disputes with an employment flavour.

Guy has acted for an international construction company in a number of employment cases, including:

  • A claim for unfair dismissal following summary dismissal of an employee for failing a random drugs test.
  • A claim against a former employee for fraudulent misuse of company labour.
  • A whistle-blowing claim brought by a logistics manager.
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Notable Cases


Prebble v Levers
Acted for the claimant at first instance and in the Court of Appeal in RTA claim where the Court of Appeal had to consider whether the trial judge's liability findings were sustainable on the evidence.

Claimants v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police
Acting for claimants in claims for psychiatric injury arising from the Hillsborough stadium disaster. Claims stayed pending conclusion of the new Inquest into the disaster.

MB v PA
Settled Counter-Schedule in catastrophic brain injury action with damages claimed in excess of £15m. Led by Alan Jeffreys QC.

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DJ v Water Treatment Contractor
Acting for a water treatment contractor in defence of a claim arising from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at a London hotel.

Darty Ltd v Karthikeyan & Hunnisett
Acted for the agent of a Formula 1 racing driver in a High Court action involving a disputed commission fee for introduction to sponsors.

Khalaf v BBC
Acted for the BBC in a claim for unlawful deductions from wages brought by a World Service broadcast journalist.

Bucknell v Morse Group Ltd
Acted for a former Finance Director of a large IT company in a claim for unfair dismissal, whistle-blowing and non-payment of bonus.

Mitchell v Autotorq.com Ltd
Acted for a senior female executive at a judicial mediation in a claim for constructive unfair dismissal and sex discrimination.

Re JN
Represented the family of an employee who suffered fatal crush injuries in the course of loading a HGV trailer when heavy equipment fell from a fork-lift truck being driven by a colleague.

Re CL
Represented the family of the deceased killed in a recreational diving accident at Stoney Cove, National Diving Centre.

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If you would like to instruct Guy Watkins or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by senior clerk Alan Kilbey MBE. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at chambers@farrarsbuilding.co.uk

For more information about our clerking team, please click here for the clerks page.

Appointments & Memberships


  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • London Common Law

Education & Qualifications


  • Registered pupil supervisor
  • BVC, Inns of Court School of Law
  • Certificate in French Law, Universit√© de Caen
  • LLB Hons (European Legal Studies), University of Bristol