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Barry Harwood-Ferreira

  • Year of call: 1998



Top Ranked in Chambers and Partners 2017 & 2018:
Barry has noteworthy experience in high-profile discrimination cases as well as a host of other issues encompassing the full spectrum of employment law. He receives particular praise for his commercial, user-friendly style. He also holds senior academic positions in law at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Strengths: "Very personable and client-friendly and quick to grasp the key themes of the case." "Clients love him because of his personable style - his client manner is terrific." "He is a pragmatic litigator."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of six respondent employees of the Bradford MDC at hearing, appeal and external mediation. The case, Mr Shamshuddin Ahmed v Bradford City Council and other, concerned public interest disclosure, disability, race discrimination and unfair dismissal claims. The claimant lost all his claims aside from the unfair dismissal one.


Top Ranked in Legal 500 2015-2017:
Barry has been ranked in Legal 500 for the past 3 years. He is recommended for his employment practice as "very experienced in discrimination cases."

He defends professionals in all disciplines facing professional misconduct, competence and impairment allegations.  Barry also advises on Appeals and Judicial Reviews from regulatory hearings.


Barry holds two senior fractional academic appointments and is an advocacy trainer. He is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Subject Leader in Employment Law and Ethics and Conduct on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is also an Associate Law Lecturer for the Open University.

Client Recommendations:

"I have worked with Barry for several years now and am always impressed by his diligence, legal knowledge and commitment to cases. He takes the times to understand what the client wants but manages expectations, working together with his instructing solicitors to achieve the best possible outcome for them. He is a shrewd advocate, client focused, always well prepared and is never fazed by pressure." - Phillip Richardson (Partner at Stephensons LLP)

"Barry is committed, capable and client-focused Barrister; a pleasure to work with. He has an excellent manner with clients and is also a very talented trainer". - Lorna Scully, Senior Associate at Veale Wasbrough Vizards

Interests Outside the Law:
Barry enjoys travel, sport and also supports charities concerned with the welfare of animals.

Reported Cases

  • DHL Excel Supply Chain Ltd v Mr M Davies
  • Ms C Short (Appeal No. 2) v P J Hayman & Co Ltd
  • Bevan v Royal Bank of Scotland (ICR 2880 682)
  • Mr S Ahmed V City of Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council EAT UKEAT/0145/14/KN
  • Victimisation-Protected disclosure-detriment

Professional Memberships & Publications

  • British Association for Sport and the Law
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Industrial Law Society
  • Former member of the BSB Professional Conduct Committee and Bar Council Equality & Diversity Committee
  • ADR-ODR International accredited Civil-Commercial Mediator