Employment Equality & Discrimination Law

Richard powell

"He has a calming influence over the clients at all times. His ability to grasp anything relating to the client's business structure is excellent." "He's bright and picks things up quickly. Clients like him – he's good in tribunal and gets good results."  Chambers & Partners 2014


Richard is an employment purist.  An accomplished and robust advocate, he regularly appears in significant proceedings from first instance to the Court of Appeal.  He is also a part time Employment Judge appointed to the Wales region.

He was appointed as DLA Piper Rundniks in house employment counsel in 1999, and practised there until October 2005.  Throughout that time Richard represented their major clients in tribunal and county court employment and discrimination matters.

Richard’s practise continues to grow.  Regular clients include Tesco Stores Ltd (the largest private employer in the UK), Abbey National, Britannia Building Society, Department of Work & Pensions, Virgin Retail, Menzies, Telewest Plc.

Working at DLA gave Richard a very client focused approach. He understands the professional client’s expectations of barrister, and is committed to working within the client’s culture.  Richard is able to swiftly identify business aims and give pragmatic, intelligible and decisive advice.

Recent reported cases include:

Current / recent cases include:

In ET and EAT judgements Richard’s advocacy has been noted.  In the employment tribunal Richard has appeared across the UK from Aberdeen, Belfast and Hull to Exeter. This experience has given Richard valuable understanding of the varying approaches adopted in differing regions and the particular characteristics of certain tribunals.

Richard has been trusted to act for the CEO's of two of the largest retailers and Banks in the UK in allegations of discrimination.


Call:  1991

Member: Employment Lawyers’ Association

Qualified Mediator, 1997, British Academy of Experts

Part time employment judge (2002)


Richard’s training experience encompasses working with DLA Piper Rudnick's national training business: DLA Advance, who describe him in their promotional material as “one of our most popular speakers”.  He writes and presents good practice training for employers to avoid the pitfalls that lead to tribunal cases.

This training is usually presented in conjunction with a solicitor’s practice to their lay clients. Recent training has been provided to: The Deputy Prime ministers office, the Charity Commission, The Passport Agency, the War Graves Commission, the Insolvency Service and a variety of local government institutions.

Training in conjunction with policy revision is provided to a number of commercial clients, again in conjunction with his professional client. This is based on Richard's considerable experience in dealing with the whole panoply of “daily ” HR issues that he met in his six years with DLA.