Michael Salter

Call date: 1999
Security Vetting Level: SC
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Areas of Practice


Employment Law

Ranked as a leading junior for Employment Law by the:

  • 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions of The Legal 500; and 
  • 2016 and 2017 Chambers and Partners Guides to the Legal Profession

Michael is appointed to sit, part-time, as a Fee-Paid Employment Judge in the South West region at the Southampton hearing centre.

Michael appears in Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, County Courts, the High Court and has appeared in the Court of Appeal. He has also appeared in employment tribunals in Northern Ireland and Scotland as well as the Jersey Employment Tribunal.

Michael covers all elements of employment law and has a wealth of experience in discrimination litigation, TUPE and related matters as well as unfair/wrongful dismissal and claims under the Working Time Regulations. Michael represents a diverse range of clients, from individuals to multi-national companies. He is also instructed by a number of local authorities, public sector employers and Trade Unions.

Owing to the sensitive nature of many of Michael’s cases Michael is vetted to undertake claims involving national security issues. For such cases Michael has a secure email address, details of which can be obtained from him or his clerks.


Professional Regulation

Michael has extensive experience dealing with disciplinary matters for a variety of professions.

  • He has a long history of being instructed to appear before disciplinary tribunals for various professions including teachers accused of misconduct as well as those appearing before the Nurses and Midwifery Council;
  • He is one of the country's first Legally Qualified Chairs of police disciplinary tribunals for four forces;
  • He is instructed on behalf of the Appropriate Authority for various other Police forces;
  • He is appointed by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) as a Disciplinary Assessor which is a role wholly separate from the ACCA itself and which ensures independent oversight of the ACCA’s disciplinary proceedings ensuring the public interest is maintained in those proceedings;
  • He has been by appointed by the Council of the Inns of Court where he sat as a member of disciplinary tribunals hearing complaints about members of the Bar.


Other Areas

Michael has a burgenoning practice dealing with post-termination restrictions on employment and also has a keen interest in costs litigation and is undertaking the Association of Costs Lawyers course to qualify as a Costs Lawyer.

Directory Comments

Having been recommended by the Legal 500 every year from the 2013 edition to the current edition as a Leading Junior in Employment Law, Michael has also been identified by Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal Profession 2016 and 2017 in the same capacity.


Chambers and Partners records: 

  • “he is an excellent and experienced Employment Tribunal advocate.” (2017);
  • “he is very user-friendly, very easy to deal with and he makes you feel like you are his only client." (2017);
  • "It would be difficult to find a more helpful and responsive barrister" (2016);
  • "[h]e is able to deal with the most complex issues in a straightforward manner, and is incredibly personable." (2016);
  • “he is very highly praised by sources for the quality of his client service” (2016).


The Legal 500 reports Michael is regarded as being:

  • “able to deal with full range of employment matters, however complex.” (2016)
  • “incredibly easy to work with, amazingly organised and good at building a strong rapport with clients very quickly” (2015); and that
  • “clients like his down-to-earth and commercial approach” (2014).

Professional Memberships

Employment Lawyers Association

Employment Law Bar Association

Public Access Bar Association

Association of Disciplinary and Regulatory Lawyers.

Additional Information

Lecturing and Publications:

Michael has taught advocacy at the Employment Lawyers Association advocacy workshops and gives presentations for and on behalf of solicitors firms concerning developments in employment law.

Michael has published widely and has been appointed onto the New Law Journal’s expert panel of employment authors. A few of his articles can be obtained here. He is co-author of the book: Social Media in the Workplace: A Handbook which has been described as "an excellent resource for both employment law practitioners and HR to enable them to advise upon and handle the social media phenomenon."

Michael has presented numerous Webinars on various areas of employment law. He continues to work with CLT, a leading provider in post-qualification and professional training. Some of his webinars can be seen here.


Direct Public Access:

Michael can accept instructions under the Direct Public Access scheme. If you wish to instruct him under this scheme you can do so via his personal website: www.michaelsalter.net.



Deputy Chair of the Jersey Employment and Discrimination Tribunal (2017-)

Legally Qualified Chair of Police Disciplinary Tribunals (2015-)  

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants: Disciplinary Assessor (2015-)

Fee Paid Judge of the Employment Tribunals (2013-)

University of Law (London and Birmingham): External examiner for Bar Professional Training Course modules Civil Litigation, Drafting and International Commercial Practice (2013-2016)

Employment Law Appeal Advice Scheme member (2013-)

Visiting Fellow University of Bedfordshire (2011-)

Council of the Inns of Court (2009-2012) Barrister member of disciplinary panels.

City Law School: External examiner for Bar Vocational Course for Drafting and Employment Law courses (2008-2012)

Pupil Supervisor (2008-)

Inner Temple Student Mentor (2007-)

Kings College London: visiting lecturer in Evidence (2005)