Mark Bainbridge


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Mark Bainbridge, Solicitor

Mark Bainbridge


Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1997, Mark has specialised in employment and discrimination cases.  Underpinning his work as an employment lawyer is a passion for social justice, and a conviction that good employee relations are key to a successful organization.

Mark has considerable experience in all aspects of employment law and practice.  He has a particular interest in disability, sex, race, religion and belief claims.  Wherever possible, Mark conducts his own Employment Tribunal advocacy.  Mark has been recognised for his ‘dedicated’, ‘meticulous’, and ‘strategic’ approach to cases, and has successfully represented clients in complex and difficult discrimination claims. In 2001 Mark successfully won the first posthumous disability discrimination case.

In his role as the Employment Rights Manager for Thompsons’ Solicitors in Wales, the employment department which he managed represented more than 20,000 women in their public sector equal pay claims, advised and represented Trade Unions and their members in the Employment Tribunal, and conducted appeal proceedings before the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal.   As the lead employment lawyer for Thompsons in Wales, Mark conducted professional conduct cases, complex discrimination claims, and advised Trade Unions on industrial relations issues.

Prior to joining didlaw Mark was the Head of Employment and Discrimination Law at an award-winning City based firm. In addition to his work in the Employment Tribunal, Mark provided advice and guidance to schools, charities, faith-based organisations, and businesses on all aspects of employment and discrimination law, including redundancies and reorganisations, TUPE transfers and acquisitions, disciplinaries and grievances, policies and procedures.

Mark has been interviewed on the TV and radio, and has written articles and commentary on employment and discrimination law subjects.  He has extensive experience as a speaker and trainer to different groups including University students and academics, the Wales TUC, Trade Union Officials, teachers, Head teachers, and volunteer advisors.

Born in Cumbria, Mark loves escaping to the Lakeland fells with his family and their dog.  Getting lost in a good book, being involved in his village church, listening to music, and hitting a ball around at his local tennis club are some of the other things Mark enjoys outside law.

Mark is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Practice Specification

Client base: individuals, schools, charities, churches, faith-based organisations, and businesses.

Work type: advice, representation, advocacy.  All aspects of employment and discrimination law.  Particular interests: disability, sex, race, religion and belief discrimination.  Disability discrimination in education, goods and services.  NMC, Care Standards Tribunal, Health Professions Council professional conduct proceedings.

Venues: Professional regulatory bodies. Employment Tribunal, County Court, and High Court.

Charging arrangements: Hourly rate, DBAs, CFAs, and LEI.