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Bruce Henry

  • Year of call: 1988



Ranked in Legal 500 2020:
Bruce Henry is recommended in the Legal 500 for his Employment practice, ‘Responsive and approachable'.

Bruce joined chambers in 2017, on returning to self-employed practise following 12 years working as In-House Counsel for two leading trade union solicitors' firms. He is one of the most experienced Claimant employment lawyers in the North West having represented trade union members in a wide spectrum of employment matters in both employment tribunals and the EAT. He has also himself been a trade union rep.

In addition, Bruce has represented trade union members before professional disciplinary panels, such as HCPC and NMC, as well as inquests.

Prior to specialising in-house as an employment lawyer, Bruce developed a general civil practice as a self-employed barrister in Chambers on the Northern Circuit.

Ranked in Legal 500 2020:
Bruce Henry is recommended in the Legal 500 for his Employment practice, ‘Responsive and approachable'.


Reported Cases

  • Birtenshaw v Oldfield (2019) succeeded in a claim for disability discrimination pursuant to s.15 of the Equality Act 2010 in Manchester Employment Tribunal when a prospective employer withdrew a job offer to a disabled applicant as a consequence of her disability. Case Report.
  • Kaley Sweetman v Fordent Properties Limited (2017) - Successful whistleblowing claim for care worker sacked for reporting the home to Care Quality Commission. Press Coverage.
  • Akinola v Kids Company (2016) - Information and consultation claim arising out of the liquidation of Kids Co - the charity which was in the news in 2015 when the government cancelled a grant for £3M.
  • Chadderton v GMW & Arch Initiatives (2015) - Represented 7 Claimants at an ET hearing application of TUPE to a service provision change when an NHS Trust transferred activities to a charity. Case resulted in an appeal to EAT reported as Arch Initiatives v Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust & others at (2016) ICR 607. Case Report
  • Lindop and Houldin (2015) - Disability discrimination ET claim and a five figure sum awarded for Trade union discrimination and victimisation
  • Walker v West Cumbria Care and Support [2015} ET 2406340/2015 reported by the MOJ. Case Report
  • Legge v Prestige Homecare Ltd. [2015] ET/2401324/14 reported in Practical Law - successfully secured reimbursement of issue fee paid by a trade union. Case Report
  • Network Rail v Mockler [2012] All ER (D) 203 - successfully represented Respondent to appeal against unfair dismissal dealing with range of reasonable responses test and contributory fault. Case Report
  • Lawrence v Prison Service [2007] IRLR 468 - successfully represented Appellant in appeal to EAT on statutory grievance procedure in discrimination dismissals. Case Report


Professional Memberships & Publications

ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)