Employment Law Handbook

9th edition 2023

The new edition of this invaluable handbook provides a comprehensively updated overview of employment law. Fully revised and rewritten, it covers:

Employment status

Unfair and wrongful dismissal



Transfer of undertakings

Health & safety at work

Remedies and compensation

Tribunal procedure

Written by experts in the field, this book is authoritative, clear and reader friendly.

General Editor

Daniel Barnett, Barrister

Daniel Barnett is a leading employment barrister with over 25 years’ experience. He is a past chair of the Employment Lawyers’ Association’s publishing committee and electronic services working party and of the BAILII advisory board. He is the author or co-author of 21 books, and a leading speaker on the national and international legal lecture circuit. He is the founder of the Virtual Employment Law Academy and the HR Inner Circle.  Daniel presents the LBC Legal Hour, a national radio show in which he answers caller’s legal questions.


Jeremy Scott Joynt
Outer Temple Chambers

Jeremy is a barrister at Outer Temple Chambers specialising in employment law, commercial litigation and regulatory matters. He regularly advises on employment claims (particularly those involving whistleblowing and discrimination) and investigations. Before coming to the Bar, he ran anti-corruption programmes and investigations for two international banks, and worked in intelligence at the Financial Services Authority. 

Courtney Step-Marsden
Outer Temple Chambers

Courtney is a barrister at Outer Temple Chambers, and was called to the Bar in 2019. Courtney specialises in employment law, education law and Court of Protection matters. In employment matters, Courtney has a particular interest in discrimination claims. She has also appeared as Junior Counsel in the Court of Appeal.

Nicholas Bidnell-Edwards
42 Bedford Row

Nicholas was called to the Bar in 2012. He specialises in employment law, and commercial work with an employment focus. In addition to advisory work, Nicholas appears frequently in Employment Tribunals, County Courts and in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He has acted in the Court of Appeal, and has drafted successful pleadings, and Notices of Appeal.

Preface to Previous Edition

"This book makes employment law simple...
I commend it as a reliable, user-friendly and clear guide to anyone with an employment law problem."

- Lord Neuberger

President of the Supreme Court 2012-2017


“The Employment Law Handbook is a reliable desk companion for any employment lawyer however experienced. It swiftly answers most questions. If you just want to quickly check an issue you haven’t dealt with for a while it takes minutes. This saves time trawling through pages of practice notes in PLC and IDS to give you the law and how it applies without the detail you rarely need in day to day practice. This is a very practical, usable and well-organised tome that should be on every employment lawyer’s and trainee’s desk. Indispensable.”

Karen Jackson

Managing director and solicitor, Didlaw

“Daniel and his experienced contributing authors provide an insightful and deeply practical guide to employment law. This Handbook will be particularly welcomed by employees, HR professionals and company directors attempting to understand their respective rights and obligations, and will also be helpful to all practitioners navigating the sometimes treacherous waters of employment tribunal proceedings.”

Tom Croxford KC

Blackstone Chambers

“An accessible guide to employment law covering all key areas and starting at first principles. Edited by a team intent on educating employers and employees on their rights and responsibilities, which can only be a good thing.”

David Abbott

Chief Executive, Free Representation Unit

“A comprehensive employment law reference book. Clear and easy to use, the handbook guides the reader through the complexities of employment law in a compelling, matter of fact manner. As a busy HR practitioner, it is a ‘go to’ reference volume for my day to day work, where provision of accurate advice is paramount.”

Julie Deadman

Equus HR

“The Employment Law Handbook strikes the right tone for progressive lawyers and people managers – commercial, legally sound and authoritatively written. Keeping up with the fastest moving area of law is an immense challenge; one that Daniel Barnett and his contributors meet with aplomb in the latest edition of the Employment Law Handbook. A panacea for people managers and employment practitioners alike.”

Musab Hemsi

Partner, Lex Leyton

“This book is an absolute ‘must have’ for anyone in HR/Employment Law. Clear and easy to read and simple to navigate. Worth every penny.”

Penelope Douglass

Cornwall GHA Limited

“For a handbook it packs a mighty punch. A definitive statement of the law as it stands today, written in plain English, which I simply couldn’t do without. I always look forward to the new edition and this one lives up to all expectations. It’s bang up to date, well set out and guides me effortlessly through the complexities of employment law.”

Tim Styles

TCS Business Services

“The handbook is a fundamental starting point for practitioners day-to-day, and an incredible resource for litigants without their own lawyers. Essential.”

Matt Jackson

Barrister, Albion Chambers

“Great little book. Clear and concise. No nonsense about what the law used to be …. This is my ‘go to’ place when I need to check a legal point or refresh my memory about something.”

Amanda Jefferies

Bradley & Jefferies

“The employment law handbook offers clear, concise and practical advice for both employers and individuals. I found the remedies and compensation chapter particularly helpful.”

Jane Johnson

JLG Legal

“The only employment law handbook an HR professional needs. It’s a well laid out, fantastic reference book. Love all the case law examples.”

Jacqui Mann

J Mann Associates Ltd

“The Employment Law Handbook is easy to read, and at the same time in-depth enough to be useful to employers, HR professionals and solicitors. A straightforward statement of employment law as it stands today.”

Helen Peach

Mediator and business coach, iADR Ltd


Q. Who is this book suitable for?

This book is suitable for employment lawyers, HR professionals, trade union officials, tribunal advocates and people with an interest in employment law. It is designed to tread a middle path between a student textbook and a heavy practitioners’ work such as Harvey or IDS Brief.

Q. What other books has Daniel Barnett written?

Many – you can see some of them here.

Q. How much is the book?

£95 (no VAT)

Q. Will you deliver overseas?

You can order from your local Amazon market and they will deliver it to you.

Q. I am a member of the HR Inner Circle – can I have a discount?

Sorry, the book is available through Amazon, and we can't give different pricing on Amazon to different people.

Q. Will you send me an invoice?

If you buy through Amazon using the links on this page, you'll get a receipt from Amazon.

Q. Is this book the same as the Law Society Handbook on Employment Law?

Yes. We changed the publisher for the 8th edition, so we took ‘Law Society’ off the name.

Q. How long will the book take to arrive?

Depends on Amazon!  But it's normally next day.

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