Working Theory

by Michael Reed


I do employment law for the Free Representation Unit.


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About me

I’m Principal Legal Officer (Employment) at the Free Representation Unit.

I spend most of my time supervising volunteers in Employment Tribunals, as well as doing my own cases. Every year we do about seven hundred cases for people who can’t afford lawyers.

As well as Working Theory, I write at, which supports Employment Tribunal Claims: Tactics and Precedents, the book I co-author with Naomi Cunningham.

I’m a member of the Tribunal Procedure Committee; Treasurer of the Discrimination Law Association; on the Industrial Law Society Executive; on the Editorial Board of Adviser and a reviewer for the Bar Pro Bono Unit. I sit on the Employment Tribunal National User Group and the Employment Appeal Tribunal User Group.

All views are my own.


Notable Cases: Court of Appeal