Partner, Employment

Ben Stepney

Ben helps businesses make sense of employment laws, and to avoid and resolve tricky employee relations issues.

Ben provides advice to businesses in relation to handling employee relations issues, including dealing with difficult grievances, complex disciplinary cases, employee competition, business reorganisation and redundancy situations.

He is a pragmatic, commercial lawyer and applies these attributes when advising clients and in conducting litigation, so that he achieves the best results for his clients. Ben takes pride in building long term relationships with his clients and this enables him to understand their business and objectives and advise accordingly.

Ben acts for employers of all sizes from start-up companies to PLCs and UK subsidiaries of global corporations. He also acts for senior managers and executives on exit arrangements including settlement agreements and post-termination restrictions.

Ben Stepney

Specialisms & expertise

  • Employment disputes in tribunal and court
  • Employee competition, confidentiality and restrictive covenants
  • The employment aspects of M&A, outsourcing and re-contracting
  • Employee data protection matters
  • Senior executive terminations and boardroom disputes
  • Worker status and IR35.

Examples of work

Defending a care home operator in the employment tribunal

Advising an employer who had been threatened

Successfully negotiating the settlement of employment tribunal claims

Acting on behalf of an incoming contractor

Achievements & other appointments

Ben is ranked in the leading independent guide to UK law firms, Chambers UK.

He is a trustee of Orchard Academy Trust, a multi-academy trust near Maidstone, Kent.

Ben Stepney, Chambers 2024 Legal 500 - uk-recommended-lawyer-2023 logo Insider Dealmakers awards 2022 winners logo


Ben graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in law and went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at BPP London. Having successfully completed his training contract with Thomson Snell & Passmore, Ben qualified as a solicitor, and joined the Employment Team, in September 2009.