Philip Engelman

I act regularly in the more general areas of Employment law, such as unfair dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination, TUPE as well as contractual claims and injunctive relief in the High Court.

I acted for Unite’s Convenor in the Grangemouth dispute between Unite and Petroineos, in which interim relief was obtained, reinstating the Claimant. The case was settled at trial. I am currently acting on behalf of Unite in the Remploy litigation, which concerns the closure of all Remploy factories, which had been set up to employ the disabled. I am acting in an equal pay multiple – Abraityte v 2 Sisters Food Group. I acted recently for a well-known theatre critic who was dismissed by the Sunday Express – Shenton v Sunday Express - and in a maternity discrimination case concerning breastfeeding in public at a well-known maternity store – Lunt v Kiddicare. 

I have been heavily involved in many equal pay cases, including Marilyn Brennan & Others v Sunderland City Council & Others, which involved five years’ worth of litigation and concluded in the Court of Appeal. I have been involved in Hartlepool Borough Council v Dolphin; Reddy v Bedfordshire NHS Trust; Birch v Walsall MBC; Pennine Acute NHS Trust v Power; and Prest v Moucher Business Services Ltd.

My approach

I have worked for Direct Access clients for many years. I appreciate how stressful litigation is for individuals. I am very happy to deal with matters by telephone or in face to face meetings. I think I am approachable and user-friendly. I endeavour to respond quickly. I also provide written summaries on a regular basis. I am clear, concise and realistic in my advice. 

My work

Please see the Introductory text above.  Here are three cases on which I have recently worked and successfully represented my clients:

  • I advised the Kisimul group on changes to their stakeholder pension scheme which involved looking at the complex legal provisions relating to consultation in relation to pension changes. 
  • I acted for Bedfordshire NHS Trust in respect of an equal pay claim brought against it by its employees. 
  • In Pennine Acute NHS Trust v Power & Others, I acted for the employing hospital in relation to a large number of claims for age discrimination. The case was ultimately settled. 

I have also acted in the following cases: 

  • Remploy Ltd v Abbott - mass redundancy; 
  • Brennan v Sunderland City Council -  disclosure; 
  • Bury MBC v Hamilton -  equal pay; 
  • Sud v Ealing LBC - disability discrimination; 
  • Prest v Mouchel Business Services Ltd - equal pay; 
  • Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust v Power - equal pay; 
  • Birch v Walsall MBC - grievance procedures; 
  • Brown v Baxter - Polkey 
  • Reddy v Bedfordshire & Luton Partnership NHS Trust - equal pay; 
  • Brennan v Sunderland City Council - legal advice privilege; 
  • Hartlepool BC v Dolphin - equal pay and education; 
  • Sunderland City Council v Brennan - equal pay and case management; 
  • Unison v Brennan - equal pay and European law; 
  • Middlesborough Council BC v Surtees - equal pay and expert evidence; 
  • South Tyneside MBC v Anderson - equal pay and education; 
  • Hamilton v GMB - bias;
  • Dolphin v Hartlepool BC - equal pay and terms and conditions; 
  • Shepherd v North Yorkshire CC - equal pay and collective bargaining; 
  • Pinnington v Swansea City Council - whistle blowing. 

About me

I have been in practice for more than 30 years. During that time I have represented clients from both the domestic and international arena, including private individuals; companies; local government; central government; major bodies. I have appeared in the House of Lords; Privy Council; Court of Appeal; Divisional Court; Administrative Court; all divisions of the High Court, including the Commercial Court; the Technology and Construction Court.  

I am a Recorder (Deputy Judge). 


What my clients say

"A true expert in judicial reviews" Legal 500 2014, "a heavyweight in judicial review cases" Legal 500 2013, "A formidable strategist and a persuasive advocate." Legal 500 2011

Professional & academic

Barrister, Gray's Inn & Inner Temple (1979)

Recorder (2012)

Author, Commercial Judicial Review (Sweet & Maxwell). 

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