Martin Mensah

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  • Emma Rogers
  • Neil Grisdale

Education and Memberships

  • Liverpool LL.B Law
  • Bar Vocational Course, Nottingham Law School
  • Winner 2003 EAD Award for Outstanding Employment Law Performance
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Education Law Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Public Access Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit Free Representation & Advice Scheme
  • Society of Labour Lawyers
  • Industrial Law Society

Areas of Work

  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment


Employment Law

Martin is head of the Employment Practice Group.

Martin acts across Employment, Discrimination, public and regulatory law. He also deals with other Civil practice areas.

His practice in Employment law has a particular focus on discrimination claims, representing both Claimants and Respondents in multi-day discrimination cases.

Martin has acted for a variety of Local Authorities and is experienced in handling the challenges encountered in public authority work.

In addition to drafting ET1's and ET3's, Martin attends preliminary hearings on time limits, employment status, strike-out/deposit applications and review hearings.

He has also been engaged in interim relief hearings relating to whistleblowing.

Martin is confident dealing with high value cases and has appeared in statutory cap cases in the Tribunal.

Martin deals with cases involving multiple litigants relating to redundancy and race discrimination.

He has appeared as sole Counsel in High Court proceedings and in the Employment Appeal Tribunal on issues relating to company dissolution, personal liability of directors and the appropriate use of comparators in discrimination claims.

Martin is an established Employment practitioner who is typically instructed, both in court and Tribunal, in cases that require robust representation.

Clients value his legal expertise and his commercial acumen. He is skilled in handling sensitive cases and obtaining favourable settlements. He is regularly instructed to act in judicial mediations.

Matters upon which Martin has advised or acted include restrictive covenants, employment status, contractual disputes, redundancy; unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and TUPE transfers.


Martin has experience before various regulatory tribunals including the GMC fitness to practice panel/interim order panels where he has represented Doctors and the Education and Workforce Council where he has represented teachers.

Martin acts in multi-day hearings representing Doctors and Teachers.

Martin has acted as the Clerk to the Police Discipline Tribunal and has expertise in the fitness to practice legal framework.


Martin combines his practice with this role as Chambers Equalities Officer.


Civil Litigation

The area of discrimination in the provision of public services dovetails with Martin's employment practice.

Martin has provided extensive talks on the subject and has advised and represented Claimants regarding County Court claims against organisations and public authorities.


Martin represents parents, pupils, schools and their governing bodies (in the maintained and independent sectors), academies, universities and colleges.

Martin has particular expertise and vast experience in acting for Appellants and Respondents at the First Tier and Upper Tribunal in Special Educational Needs and Disability matters, particularly appeals concerning Education and Health Care plans (EHCP's) and education-related disability discrimination claims.


Martin acts as Clerk to the school appeals panel, advising authorities on the relevant law in relation to the appropriate criteria for school admissions.

Martin also deals with school exclusions.


Martin provides advice and represents local authorities in the First Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) on disability discrimination claims and all other aspects of Education law.


Martin also defends schools against claims of discrimination and appeals against decisions of the First Tier Tribunal.


Martin has represented local authorities in the reported cases of

MW v Halton Borough Council [2010 UKUT 34 (AAC) and

St Helens BC v TE and another [2018] UKUT 278 (AAC)


Direct Access

Martin is available through the Bar Direct public access scheme and regularly provides advice to the public through this.

Through direct access, Martin is available to draft and advise upon documents and contracts including contracts of employment, employment policies (e.g. computer usage, disciplinary codes), compromise agreements and commercial contracts.

Martin is also involved in a link with Merseyside Employment Law providing advice and consultancy on a pro bono basis.


Year of call: 2004

Inn: Inner Temple

Area: Civil Litigation