• BPP Excellence Award (2016-17)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award (2016, Lincoln’s Inn)
  • UCL-FRU Scholarship (2016)
  • 1st place, Francis Taylor Building-UCL Moot (2016)

Instructing Joshua Yetman

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Joshua’s mixed practice sees him regularly act in multi-day hearings in the County Court and Employment Tribunal. He has also conducted jury trials in the Crown Court. This trial advocacy runs in tandem with his successful appellate practice.

The breadth of work Joshua undertakes allows him to advise and represent clients in complex matters whilst maintaining a high standard of advocacy at trial. He also deploys this experience to ensure his written and advisory work remains pragmatic and client focused.

In addition, Joshua is adept at working as part of teams of counsel in complex and high-profile litigation. In 2020 he was instructed in a document-heavy offshore matter for the purposes of disclosure. He is also currently instructed by a government department in relation to national security-related litigation.

In terms of notable decisions, in 2021 Joshua successfully represented the appellant before the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Collins v Ultimate Finance Group Limited UKEAT/0165/20/OO. He also represented the successful appellants before the Upper Tribunal in IL v SSWP (JSA) [2019] UKUT 200 (AAC) and VMcC v SSWP (IS) [2018] UKUT 63 (AAC).

Joshua has obtained Security Clearance (UKSV), is on the GLD’s Junior Junior Panel and is a Grade 1 Prosecutor.

Before coming to the Bar, during the 2016-17 academic year Joshua was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster, teaching undergraduate tort and criminal law to first year LLB students.

Joshua holds a First-Class degree in Law from the University of Westminster (LLB) and a Distinction in International Law from University College London (LLM). He completed the BPTC at BPP Law School (Very Competent).

Prior to studying for his LLB, Joshua was a semi-professional cyclist. This saw him race at national and international level in the UK, France and Belgium.

Legal Expertise

Employment and discrimination

Joshua is experienced in appearing in multi-day Employment Tribunal hearings and has been successful in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Joshua regularly advises claimants and respondents in relation to unfair dismissal, discrimination, National Minimum Wage, redundancy and Working Time Regulation claims. His understanding in this area is grounded in his time working for the Free Representation Unit as an Assistant Legal Officer before he came to the Bar.

He also provides written advice on liability and quantum in addition to drafting pleadings and prides himself on giving clients realistic and commercially sensitive advice when it comes to settlement.

This background has also seen him advise in relation to discrimination claims under the Equality Act 2010 which fall within civil courts’ jurisdiction. Joshua is also a regular contributor to the Discrimination Law Association’s “Briefings” editions.

Notable Employment and discrimination cases

F and Others [2021-present]

Currently advising a liquidator regarding 16 redundancy claims being brought against their former employer company which is in liquidation. The claims relate to collective consultation and an alleged failure to inform and consult for the purposes of s.188 TULRCA.

Collins v Ultimate Finance Group Limited UKEAT/0165/20/OO (2021)

Joshua successfully represented the appellant before the Employment Appeal Tribunal. The appeal concerned the application and interpretation of Rule 37(2).

You can hear Joshua discuss the case here. >
OO v CAH [2021]

Acted for the claimant in a 4-day Employment Tribunal hearing addressing claims for constructive unfair dismissal and harassment on the basis of religion and/or race.

AF v CAH [2020]

Represented the claimant brining a claim for unfair dismissal during a 3-day Employment Tribunal hearing.

AP v SL [2020]

Instructed by the claimant in a 5-day Employment Tribunal hearing in relation to her claims for constructive unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, and discrimination on the basis of sex.


Joshua welcomes instructions in relation to coronial proceedings. He has experience of representing interested parties in both the care setting and in the context of Article 2 in relation to persons detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. His work in this area is complemented by his broader work civil work where personal injury and clinical negligence is concerned. Not only does this breadth see him regularly handle witnesses and complex evidence in a clinical setting, but it also attunes him to the sensitivities required in cases that are inevitably distressing and emotional for those involved.

Notable Inquests cases

Inquest into the death of CA [2021-present]

Currently instructed on behalf of the family in relation to a forthcoming Article 2 jury inquest following the death of a patient detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

Inquest into the death of Norma Lockton [2020]

Joshua secured a finding of neglect against a care home following a 5-day inquest. He represented the family. A Prevention of Future Deaths Report was also issued to the care home.

Read more here. >


During pupillage Joshua worked with William Chapman on behalf of Core Participants in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA). This was specifically in relation to two of IICSA’s investigations: “The Roman Catholic Church”, and “Institutional responses to allegations of child sexual abuse involving Lord Janner”. After being taken on as a tenant, Joshua was instructed on behalf of a Local Authority as part of IICSA’s “Effective leadership of child protection” module.

As a result, Joshua has direct experience of public inquiries from both a technical perspective insofar as the operation of Inquiries Act 2005 is concerned, and more broadly in terms of how document-heavy inquiry work functions in practice.

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

Joshua regularly appears in Fast-Track trials and undertakes civil applications in relation to Fast-Track and Multi-Track claims. He often acts both for and against local authorities where public liability claims are concerned. In terms of clinical negligence work, Joshua has advised in relation to a number of matters involving a range of injuries and associated medical expertise.

He also has experience of abuse claims. Joshua has worked as the Point of Contact for the Lambeth Redress Scheme since 2020, which is a bespoke scheme designed to compensate those abused whilst in the care of Lambeth Counsel. He also recently acted on behalf of a party in a mediation related to historic child sex abuse, which led to a £30,000 settlement.

Public Law

Joshua’s experience has seen him act in a number of complex statutory appeals and judicial reviews. These matters have raised issues cutting across human rights law, EU law and welfare benefits law. As a result, he is well placed to advise on the application of public law principles in a range of contexts.

Joshua is also currently instructed by the Governmental Legal Department to undertake review work as part of a team of counsel in relation to national security-related litigation. As noted above, he is on the Governmental Legal Department’s list of Junior Junior Counsel and has Security Clearance (UKSV).

Notable Public Law cases

DS v CICA [2021-present]

Joshua is being led by Adam Weitzman QC on behalf of the appellant. The appeal concerns the application of the 2012 Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme to secondary victims of crime and a discrimination claim under Art.14 ECHR.

RN v CICA [2021-present]

Upper Tribunal judicial review addressing whether child grooming is a crime of violence for the purposes of the 2012 Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. Joshua is instructed by the appellant and is being led by James Robottom.

PK v SSWP [2021-present]

Upper Tribunal appeal raising issues of discrimination under Art.14 ECHR in relation to Bereavement Benefit, in the context of Article 8 and 9 ECHR. Joshua acts for the appellant.

IL v SSWP (JSA) [2019] UKUT 200 (AAC)

Successfully represented the appellant before the Upper Tribunal. The appeal addressed the interpretation and application of Section 71 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

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JG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (CA) [2019] UKUT 83 (AAC)

Acted in one of several linked appeals selected as lead cases for the determination of issues concerning the exportability of benefits arising from the judgment of the CJEU in Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Tolley (C-430/15).

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VMcC v SSWP (IS) [2018] UKUT 63 (AAC)

Successfully represented the appellant before the Upper Tribunal. The appeal addressed the operation of a Quistclose trust in the context of a claim for Income Support.

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CICA v First-tier Tribunal and SN [2018] UKUT 248 (AAC)

Represented the interested party in a judicial review addressing the operation of the 2008 Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme and where there could be a reduction in awards due to the claimant’s criminal convictions.

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  • BPP Excellence Award (2016-17)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award (2016, Lincoln’s Inn)
  • UCL-FRU Scholarship (2016)
  • 1st place, Francis Taylor Building-UCL Moot (2016)

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