Profile

Dee is ranked in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading employment barrister. She is an expert in discrimination law with particular expertise in age discrimination and equal pay matters. The majority of her work is in the employment field but she is also involved in cases where allegations of discrimination are in made in relation to schools, universities and other service providers.

Trial work

Dee has a busy courtroom practice spending the majority of her time in multi-week trials. She is regularly instructed in sensitive, high profile cases where there is a risk of press interest. Her clients include multinational companies, banks, universities, schools, charities, NHS trusts and local authorities as well as employees.

Advisory work

In recent years, Dee has advised the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland (ECNI) and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) on its response to proposed legislation extending the existing prohibition on age discrimination. In August 2015, she was the keynote speaker at a conference attended by politicians and policy makers in Belfast concerning age discrimination. Dee has also been advising AGE PLATFORM, an NGO, on a proposed European Directive which will extend the prohibition on age discrimination. In 2014, she advised the Equality and Human Rights Commission on the extent to which gender segregation was permitted within university campuses.

Directory references

Barristers are ranked in directories on the basis of market research. Here are some comments about Dee:

"... she has established a reputation as an adviser with a formidable knowledge of discrimination law." Chambers and Partners, 2016

"She has a rare combination of deep insight, commercial nous and clever tactical ability." Legal 500, 2015

"Acknowledged for her impressive client service, she is praised for stringently fighting her client's corner. She is very experienced in acting on complex and high-profile cases, and regularly advises on a diverse range of subjects including TUPE and all forms of discrimination". "Very on the ball, she thinks outside the box." "She's thorough and grasps the papers quickly. She's also user-friendly and clients like her." Chambers and Partners 2015

"Excellent cross-examination skills." Legal 500, 2014

"She's a supremely able advocate, who really charms the tribunal." "She is an expert in age equality law." Chambers and Partners, 2014

"... continues to impress sources with her 'thorough preparation, excellent performances in tribunal and the confidence she instils in instructing solicitors.' " Chambers and Partners, 2013

"… well respected … ‘impressive beyond her years.’ She exudes confidence and is able to tackle very tricky arguments and get brilliant results.” Chambers and Partners, 2012

"confident but never arrogant, Dee Masters has had a great year, topped off by being chosen as the junior on Wilson and Bainbridge" Chambers and Partners, 2011

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