Joe is a specialist practitioner within the Employment and Equalities Group and Business and Commercial Law Group. His specific expertise in these areas is detailed further in his specialist practice pages. He is Direct Access qualified and happy to discuss potential cases with clients.
Joe’s strong abilities as an advocate are reflected in his academic and other achievements, detailed on this page. Prior to coming to the Bar, Joe was employed as a Court Clerk in a busy London County Court. He clerked for all levels of the judiciary, ranging from High Court Judges to Deputy District Judges and this provided a unique insight into the workings of the court and the reasons behind Judges’ decisions. The empathy gained with the bench during this experience has proved invaluable since starting practice.
Joe supports various pro bono activities and recognises the benefits of gaining valuable and varied experience. His expertise in employment law has previously led him to become a researcher for Unlock, researching the employment law implications for those with criminal convictions, and he volunteered previously as a specialist Employment researcher at a busy CAB as well as gained experience with FRU. He currently undertakes pro bono cases through the Bar Pro Bono Unit and is a member of the ELAAS scheme at the EAT and Court of Appeal. He is also particularly interested in projects involving education and is the regional co-ordinator for the Inner London round of the Citizenship Foundation Bar Mock Trial Competition and as an Advocacy Coach has led a school to the national final. Within Chambers he is the co-ordinator for Bar Placement Week.
"Joe England is a gifted barrister with a fantastic work ethic and attention to detail, which were invaluable in preparing and conducting my case. We were successful because he left no stone unturned and held important complex facts and issues at his fingertips. Joe’s passion and commitment to justice is matched by his warmth and friendly approach. His unmistakable ability to readily grasp intricate details, compose a compelling argument, and instinctive compassion, make Joe a most reliable, very likeable and great advocate."
“I would just to say that Joe England is brilliant and it has been a real pleasure setting next to him for 4 days grilling the other witnesses.”
“I was so impressed with the professional way he acted in every aspect, including his attention to detail and the standard of preparation. His respect and politeness to the judge and the wing members was excellent, and I noticed on many occasions the judge acknowledged his manner. On meeting Joe for the first time on the first day of the tribunal, from the outset he treated me with care and consideration. Although I had been very nervous about the up-coming tribunal, Joe’s calmness and his explanation of how the tribunal works helped me greatly. My wife was with me the whole time, giving her continuing support, and Joe was just as charming and considerate to her questions...although at this time I am not sure whether my case will be successful or not, I just want to say I felt honoured and privileged and so lucky that Joe was my barrister.”
“One moment I particularly liked, Joe had made a point, which the Judge wanted to pass over, so he complied, but at an appropriate moment, he made sure he explained why he`d wanted to go in "that" direction, and made sure he was heard. I was delighted with this, and I think the Judge will have been impressed, too! He was clearly so well prepared, there was nothing that wasn`t vital to the whole situation.”
“As an aside, I had a call from [client] earlier about the conference. He was really happy with all the advice that you gave him and he told me that last night was the first night he had slept properly since all this began.”
“I would lie if I said I enjoyed the week but was hugely comforted by having Joe as my barrister. I still think he is rock'n'roll, so on the ball and has legal knowledge at his fingertips. He just seemed to live in the ' bundle'”, named Respondent in a lengthy discrimination claim.
Reflecting the scholarships and achievements gained prior to the Bar, Joe is a very effective trial advocate and is particularly adept at witness handling in long, complex trials through an ability to identify and organise the important facts. The following are examples of tribunals’ assessments of witnesses exposed under Joe’s cross-examination in such trials:
“Mrs X’s account was disjointed and lacking in detail. We were also influenced in our judgment by our general view that her evidence overall was unreliable...Mrs X’s evidence was generally unclear and confused...we found this evidence extremely unsatisfactory and came to the conclusion that it was totally unreliable” – concerning the dismissing officer in a complex 3 day trial involving protected disclosures and unfair dismissal.
“Professor Y came across as quite arrogant...we concluded that he did not engage with the role of Case Manager properly. It was put to him in cross-examination that he had made a number of errors as Case Manager. Professor Y refused to accept that was the case, even in relation to errors which were apparent...we did not accept that he approached his role as case manager impartially or with independence...we concluded that Professor Y's approach to the [allegations] was flawed and that he failed in his responsibilities as case manager.” – concerning the Professor acting as the Case Manager in the unfair dismissal of Dr Mattu (above).