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Adam Ohringer

Year of Call: 2001


Arbitration & Mediation | Commercial Law | Discrimination & Equality | Employment | Human Rights | Professional Discipline


Appeared before the Supreme Court (led by William Edis QC) in Michalak v GMC [2018] ICR 49. Appeared before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court (led by Joel Donovan QC) in Mohamud v WM Morrison plc [2016] AC 677


Adam Ohringer is an employment specialist, who still maintains a broader civil law practice. He represents claimants, respondents and Union clients at all levels.

In addition to his work in the employment tribunals, Adam is regularly involved in employment-related litigation in the High Court representing Claimants and Defendants in high value claims for breach of contract or restrictive covenants.

He also advises and represents professionals who are involved in disciplinary proceedings with their employer and/or professional regulatory body. This includes appeals to the High Court against decisions of professional bodies.

Adam is particularly known for his strategic approach to litigation as well as his ability to deal with 'difficult' witnesses.

He is frequently instructed on multi-day discrimination cases involving complex issues of fact and law. In recent years his clients have included:

Approximately a dozen NHS Trusts; Unilever UK; Virgin Trains; First Great Western;Balfour Beatty; Southwest Trains; JLT; the university of Hertfordshire; Barclays Bank; Royal Bank of Scotland; Aspen Health; Evening Standard; Biffa Waste; Virgin Trains; LB Greenwich; ; LB Lewisham; members of the National Union of Teachers, the National Association of Head Teachers, the Royal College of Nursing and the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain.

Pro bono
Adam is committed to the principle of representation for all. He undertakes work for law centres and the Bar Pro Bono Unit and regularly appears before the EAT under the ELAAS scheme.

Adam is a Mediator accredited by the Civil Mediation Council. He can act as a mediator in all manner of disputes. He believes that mediation is a powerful yet under-utilised method for resolving disputes. It allows the parties to explore outcomes which would not be available to them through the courts and at a significantly lower cost.

Adam is currently working on the following cases:

• Various Claimants v Royal Mail – Group litigation involving various breaches of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010

• Climer-Jones v Cardiff & Vale University Local Health Board – Whistleblowing case involving claims of public interest immunity to prevent disclosure of internal reports.

• Dewhurst v Citiyprint – Test case on whether the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 apply to workers as well as employees.


Legal 500 2020:"Integrity and commitment – Adam has these traits in spades." Legal 500 2018: "He has integrity in spades and is a credit to the Bar."

Legal 500 2017: "His advocacy is of a very high standard."

Legal 500 2016: "Incredibly knowledgeable yet approachable."


Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers

Employment Lawyers Association

Employment Law Bar Association

Industrial Law Society

Bar Pro Bono Unit

Civil Mediation Council


Seminar for Rix & Kay on TUPE (February 2019)

Seminar for the Nursing and Midwifery Council on disability discrimination (May 2018)

Seminar at MBL - employment law update (September 2017)

Seminar at Simons Muirhead & Burton on employment/worker status(June 2017)

Seminar for Dawson Hart on employment status (March 2017)

Seminar at DWF LLP on reasonable adjustments (July 2016)

'Paying for the mistakes of others: when businesses are liable for their workers' misconduct' in Company Secretary Review (2016, 39(26), 214-216)

Article on Mohamud v WM Morrison plc in the 'ELA Briefing' (April 2016)

Seminar on vicarious liability at Cloisters (March 2016)

Seminar on TUPE at the University and Colleges Union (March 2016)

Disciplinary workshop at Kennedys (December 2015)

'Holiday Pay - The reverberations continue' in Company Secretary Review (2015, 39(2), 11-13)

Seminar at LawNet on reasonable adjustments and whistle blowing (October 2015)

Seminar at Shoosmiths on drafting tribunal pleadings. (June 2015)

Discussion piece on appeals against professional disciplinary bodies in the 'ELA Briefing' (May 2015)

Seminar at Hart Brown on holiday pay (January 2015)

Seminar at British Transport Police on Shared Parental Leave (November 2014)

Seminar at Simons Muirhead & Burton on holiday pay (November 2014)

Seminar at Joelson Wilson on holiday pay (September 2014)

Seminar at Dawson Hart on holiday pay (July 2014)

Seminar at Shoosmiths Solent Office on holiday pay. (June 2014)

Seminar at Herbert Smith Freehills on disclosure and without prejudice communications in the Employment Tribunal. (June 2014)

Wrote chapter on practice and procedure for the Discrimination in Employment Claims Handbook published April 2013 by the Legal Action Group.

Seminar at Clyde & Co on territorial jurisdiction of UK employment law. (August 2013)

Seminar at Doyle Clayton on new Employment Tribunal Rules. (July 2013)

Seminar at Simons Muirhead & Burton on privilege in employment disputes. (June 2013)

Talk to Shoosmiths on Remedies in the Employment Tribunal. (May 2013)

Discussion piece on Deposit Orders in the 'ELA Briefing' (April 2012)

Talk at Reed Smith LLP on Employment Tribunal tactics. (February 2012)

Talk at Dawson Hart Solicitors on the Agency Workers Regulations 2010. (September 2011)

Case Report on SCA Packaging v Boyle [2009] IRLR 54 in the 'ELA Briefing' (February 2009)

Case Report on Royal Bank of Scotland v Harrison [2009] ICR 116 in the 'ELA Briefing' (November 2008)

Case Report on London Borough of Lewisham v Malcolm [2008] IRLR 700 in the 'ELA Briefing' (August 2008)


University College London, LLB (Hons)

Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Vocational Course

Harmsworth Scholarship from Middle Temple


General Medical Council v Michalak [2017] UKSC 71 - Led in the Supreme Court by William Edis QC of 1 Crown Office Row. The case concerns the correct jurisdiction for complaints of discrimination against qualification bodies.

Wittenberg v Sunset Personnel Services Ltd [2017] ICR 1012 - territorial scope of the Employment Act 1996 and the Equality Act 2010.

Nursing & Midwifery Council v G - Represented a nurse accused of misconduct in the way he conducted a disciplinary hearing. All allegations were dismissed.

Education and Workforce Council v Hungerford - Represent a lecturer accused of hitting a student. Suspended for teaching for 4 months. ( (

National College for Teaching & Leadership v Kathryn Bell - Represented a headteacher accused of failing to safeguard a vulnerable child. (

Focus Care Agency Ltd v Roberts [2017] ICR 1186 - On the application of the minimum wage to workers who are 'on call'.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Farren [2017] ICR 513 - Re-engagement of an unfairly dismissed employee where the employer claims to have lost trust in her.

Adorn Spa Ltd v Amjad [2017] EWHC 1313 (QB) - Application for interim injunction to enforce restrictive covenants in an employment contract

Education and Workforce Council v Oakley - Represent a lecturer who had a sexual relationship with a student. Suspended for teaching for 3 months. (

Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets [2016] AC 677- Supreme Court - Vicarious liability for assault of a customer.

Robinson v Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (UKEAT/0185/15)

Butterworth v Police and Crime Commissioner's Office of Greater Manchester [2016] ICR 456 - Considered when the prohibition on post-employment discrimination covers conduct by the employer's successor.

Robinson v Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (UKEAT/0311/15)

Olsen v Gearbulk Service Ltd [2015] IRLR 818 - On whether the tribunal had jurisdiction over a claim against an employer in Bermuda.

Brown v Secretary of State for Education [2015] EWHC 643 (Admin) - Appeal against Prohibition Order imposed on a teacher. The Court gave guidance on the approach to be taken in such appeals.

Begraj v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWHC 250 (QB) - Claim under the Human Rights Act 1998 for compensation after lengthy employment tribunal proceedings were derailed by private meeting between the Employment Judge an police investigating one of the parties.

Davies v LB Haringey [2014] EWHC 3393 (QBD) - Whether a school teacher can be disciplined by the local authority as well as the school.

Ojikutu v LB Camden [2014] EWCA civ 978 - Whether the EAT should have exercised its discretion to receive an appeal out of time.

The Manchester College v Hazel & Huggins [2014] IRLR 392 - On ETO defences under the Transfer of Undertaking (Prtotection of Employment) Regulations 2006. This followed the Succesful application for 'costs protection' for employees being forced to defend an appeal against the decision of the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal [2013] IRLR 563 and an allegation of bias against the Employment Judge. [2013] EWCA civ 511.

Lockwood v Department of Work & Pensions [2014] 1 All ER 250 - Challenge to the Civil Service redundancy pay scheme on the grounds of age discrimination.

White & Todd v Troutbeck [2013] IRLR 286 - Whether a farm caretaker was an employee.

Francois v Castle Rock Properties Ltd (t/a Electric Ballroom) (EAT, 05.04.11) – Successful appeal against order of costs on account of conduct of lay representative.

Mehta v Child Support Agency [2011] IRLR 305 – Consideration of when witnesses should read their witness statements out aloud.

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Marks (EAT, 23.11.10) – Successful appeal against finding of unfair dismissal.

Brown v. Baxter (EAT, 07.07.10) - The availability of compensation for damage to reputation as a result of an unfair dismissal.

Enable Care & Home Support Ltd v. Pearson (EAT, 26.05.10) - Successful appeal against the judgment of the tribunal on the grounds that it had entered the 'substitution mindset' in an unfair dismissal case.

Ahunanya v. Scottish & Southern Energy (Court of Appeal, 16.02.10) - Permission to appeal granted by Maurice Kay LJ. Concerned the correct method for calculating the minimum wage as it applies to overtime worked by a salaried employee.

W Brewin & Co Ltd v Marvin (EAT, 16.10.09) – Whether the Tribunal had substituted its decision for that of the employer in a redundancy dismissal case.

Postworth Ltd (t/a Skyblue) v Ashworth (EAT, 19.06.08)

McDougall v Richmond Adult Education College [2008] ICR 431, Court of Appeal

Tamborrino v Kuypers [2005] All ER (D) 334

Hickson v London Fitness Consultancy [2005] All ER (D) 232

Flett v Matheson [2005] ICR 1134

El‐Hoshi v Pizza Express Ltd [2004] All ER (D) 295; IDS Brief 768

Descombes and another v Firthglow Ltd (trading as Protectacoat) [2004] All ER (D) 415

John Wyndham T/A John Wyndham Hair Care v K.L. Miller (EAT, 1 July 2003)

Elkoiul v Coney Island Ltd [2002] IRLR 174
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