Employment Tribunals

Should you have a dispute with your employer that cannot be resolved internally, you have the option to start proceedings in the Employment Tribunal. We also provide legal support and representation for businesses being taken to the Employment Tribunal. Our team of employment lawyers are experienced in providing representation to both employees and employers; this allows us to create strategies that strengthen your claim.
Typical examples of cases brought up in the Employment Tribunal include:
  • Redundancy issues (we also offer employment settlement agreement representation)
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Constructive dismissal (where an employee leaves their job because their employer was in breach of contract)
  • Workplace harassment, including bullying, or racial harassment or sexual harassment.
  • Workplace discrimination on the grounds of age, sex, sexuality, maternity, race, religion, belief and more. 

It may seem daunting to pursue a claim in the Employment Tribunal, but our team of friendly and supportive solicitors will be with you every step of the way. In most cases, you must bring your claim in the Employment Tribunal within 3 months of the event occurring. For advice prior to and on submitting a tribunal application, please call our employment team on +44 (0) 208 092 2700, where we can discuss opening an ACAS Conciliation Process and a strategy to ensure that we receive the desired outcome.

Litigation in the Employment Tribunal should always be a last resort. At Barnes Law we have ample experience with resolving matters through alternative means such as mediation, removing the need to litigate. 

Constructive and Unfair Dismissal

Constructive dismissal (also known as constructive unfair dismissal) occurs when you have been forced to end your employment due to the way that your employer has treated you, leaving you with no other choice.

Unfair dismissal occurs when you have been dismissed without a fair or legitimate reason, such as conduct, capability or redundancy. You must have been employed for at least two years to bring forward a claim of unfair dismissal. 

These claims require a lot of evidence as well as witness statements to support your claim. Bringing constructive and unfair dismissal claims should only be done with careful consideration. For advice and consultation on whether or not you may have a case, please call our expert and friendly employment litigators on +44 (0) 208 092 2700 or email us at info@barnes-law.co.uk to discuss your situation.

How can Barnes Law help you?

From the very first conversation with you, we will discuss all of the intricacies of your claim, including what has happened, and then give advice on the prospects of success going forward.

Representing you, we will discuss the claim of compensation or your return to employment and try to resolve the matter without the need for formal litigation. For instance, we might be able to agree on a settlement for you and draft up the necessary paperwork in order to formalise it.

For support in your claim, please call us on +44 (0) 208 092 2700 or email info@barnes-law.co.uk to start a conversation with us. Our friendly, expert team of employment litigators will be happy to help you.

Yulia Barnes

Managing Partner

Yulia Barnes is our Managing Partner. She is an experienced solicitor and advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters for both private and corporate clients.


Experience Yulia started her legal career at a large international Magic Circle firm. She then became a partner at a regional law firm and headed a Dispute Resolution Department. She then moved in-house before starting her own Boutique practice, Barnes Law, with the aim of providing exclusive services to high net-worth individuals and privately-owned businesses. More details can be found on her LinkedIn profile.

Expertise Yulia and her team are widely recognised for their professional and practical approach to matters. She is committed to ensuring that her clients’ objectives are achieved in the most cost-effective way possible.

Approach Yulia has a wealth of experience working with businesses of all sizes: from large multinational corporations to start-ups. She has particular expertise in a hospitality industry, investment funds, private and corporate clients, and focuses on startups and technology-driven companies. Yulia brings the same level of attention to detail, professionalism and a personal touch to every case and client, and truly immerses herself in her clients’ businesses. She prides herself on her problem-solving, commercially astute approach and her track record of partnering with clients to help them achieve their strategic objectives.

Will Moran


Will joined Barnes Law as an Associate Solicitor in Spring 2023, shortly after qualifying in September 2022.

Will works mostly on real estate and corporate/commercial matters. Will enjoys providing advice on transactional matters.

Away from the office, Will can be found reading or playing golf. While he played rugby until university, and rowed throughout his degree, he now tends to watch both from the sidelines. During the winter he can also be found skiing.

Will plans to continue developing his legal skills and experience at Barnes Law, under the expertise and guidance provided by Yulia.


Mark Corran


Mark is an experienced solicitor whose practice areas include intellectual property (IP), IT, data protection and general commercial law.

Mark advises businesses of all sizes – from sole traders to corporations. Among his clients are: clothing and lifestyle brands, restaurants and food suppliers, IT companies, banks, hedge funds and venture capital firms, education providers, medical and pharmaceutical brands.

Outside of his practice, Mark also advises members of the Institute of Directors as part of its Directors’ Advisory Service.


Recent transactions
  • Prosecuting a UK trademark application on behalf of an education provider and representing them in related UK IPO opposition and revocation proceedings;
  • Advising a publisher and a delivery business on data protection matters, B2B and B2C Ts & Cs of sale, website and app Ts & Cs, all aspects of global brand protection;
  • Advising footwear brands, alternative asset managers and hedge funds on their global brand protection, including overcoming various refusals, representing them in opposition proceedings and settlement negotiations;
  • Representing a central bank in opposition proceedings before the UK IPO;
  • Advising a lifestyle brand concerning trademark clearance and protection, negotiations for a website/app development and maintenance agreement.

Ioulia Tatawat

Family Law Adviser

Ioulia has a solid background in family law and offers guidance, clarity, and support to clients during one of their most challenging times in their life.

She advises on all three pillars of separation: divorce, children matters and financial settlements. Ioulia is a member of Resolution and is keen to try to settle matters at early stages.

Ioulia is dedicated to assisting clients and navigating them through their legal matters with clarity and support.


Alex Reidy


Alex joined Barnes Law in September 2023 after finishing his master’s degree in law. Prior to joining Barnes Law, Alex worked in property litigation at Ashfords. Alex assists Yulia on a variety of both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Outside of the office, Alex enjoys reading and hiking. Prior to working in law, Alex was a competitive tennis player.

Alex continues to develop his skills in legal practice under Yulia’s guidance, he plans to sit the Solicitor’s Qualifying Exams (SQE) in 2024.



Mehves Selamoglu


Mehves joined Barnes Law in August 2023, right after graduating from Queen Mary, University of London (LLB Senior Status). As part of her qualification journey, Mehves is currently pursuing her Legal Practice Course (‘LPC’) at the University of Law. She also holds a degree in European Union Law from Maastricht University, Netherlands.

Mehves works closely with Yulia on a variety of contentions matters and also writes Barnes Law’s legal blogs, manages social media accounts and is responsible for marketing.

Outside of work and studies, she enjoys running, tennis and yoga.

Mehves is looking forward to developing her legal skills at Barnes Law.



Julia Podgornova

Investor Relationship Manager

Julia guides clients in making important business decisions based on comprehensive risk assessment and strategy. She supports investors in devising strategies designed to maximise each business’s potential from pre-seed to IPO.

Julia’s particular area of expertise are IT start-ups at different stages. Julia supports business through their fund-raising journey. As an Investor Relations Manager, Julia communicates with investors to facilitate a smooth round and legal part of each transaction.

In her free time Julia enjoys sailing, ballroom dancing, art exhibitions and travel.