Joel has a particular interest in employment and discrimination, and it forms an increasingly significant part of his practice. He acts for both claimants and respondents, regularly appearing in trials, preliminary hearings, applications, appeals, and mediations. In addition, he routinely drafts pleadings and advises on all aspects of claims.

He has been instructed in cases involving unfair dismissal, disability discrimination, race discrimination, sex discrimination, harassment, victimisation, equal pay, whistleblowing, constructive dismissal, breach of contract, redundancy, and wrongful dismissal.

Joel has a particular interest in cases involving personal injury claims in the Employment Tribunal.

A few examples of Joel’s work include:

  • Representing the respondent at a 10 day trial of claims for: indirect discrimination in relation to belief and age, harassment, whistleblowing, and automatic unfair dismissal. All claims were dismissed.
  • Helping secure £1.1 million in personal injury damages in the Employment Tribunal for a claimant whose employer subjected her to sex discrimination. Her treatment caused significant psychiatric injury, which left her unable to resume a career in banking. The case gained widespread national media attention and made the front page of the Financial Times. Further information about the case can be found here
  • Acting for a respondent in a multi-day trial and successfully defending a claim for constructive unfair dismissal
  • Pleading, advising and representing a claimant at judicial mediation and securing a favourable settlement of £60,000
  • A successful appeal in the EAT for a claimant against the dismissal of her victimisation claim
  • Acting for a claimant in a multi-day trial involving claims for whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and breach of a contractual duty to provide shares
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If you would like to instruct Joel McMillan or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by Chief Executive/Director of Clerking, Paul Cray. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at chambers@farrarsbuilding.co.uk

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Appointments & Memberships

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association

Education & Qualifications

Prizes and Awards

2017       South Eastern Circuit scholarship to attend the Florida Bar Advanced Trial Advocacy Program at the University of Florida

2013       Certificate of Honour for Results in the BPTC, Middle Temple

2013       The Times Law Award essay competition:  Runner Up

2013       The Kingsland Cup national mooting competition: Runner Up (final held in the Supreme Court in front of Lord Carnwath JSC)

2012       Blackstone Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple

2011       Jules Thorn Scholarship, Middle Temple


2012 – 2013     BPTC, BPP Law School, London: Outstanding

2011 – 2012     GDL, City University, London: Commendation

1999 – 2003     MA (Hons) History, University of Edinburgh: First Class

Previous Employment

Before converting to law Joel was on the Civil Service Fast Stream. Joel’s experiences in Whitehall included training MPs on the parliamentary expenses system, drafting a Cabinet paper, working in the private office of a Secretary of State, and advising Ministers on the development of government policy.

Prior to that, Joel led cultural tours of Western Europe for groups of multi-national clients.

Personal Interests

Much of Joel’s time is taken up with his young family but he still finds time for cycling, theatre, travel, cooking, and playing football and tennis. He also has a keen interest in history and politics.