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Paul Gott QC

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Fountain Court Chambers (Fountain Court Chambers)


Barrister specialising in employment law, professional regulation and commercial law. Industrial relations law, especially injunctive work in relation to strike action. Junior counsel to the Crown 1999-2012. Treasury “A” panel 2005-2012. Recent cases include: SRA v Leigh Day, 2016 and onwards. (Counsel for Respondents, defending regulatory allegations made against the firm and senior partner, Martyn Day). SRA v Chan 2015-2016 (SDT and HC [2015] EWHC 2659 - regulation of solicitors and Stamp Duty Land Tax avoidance schemes). National Rail Strike 2015, London Underground strike action 2011-2015, Royal Mail Privatisation 2013, Rickhuss v Network Rail 2013-15 (collective bargaining and collective agreements); Pavithran v London Clinic 2013-14 (alleged whistle blowing). Counsel for NHS commissioning bodies in multi-contract procurement disputes and NHS pendulum adjudications 2013 and onwards. British Airways plc v Unite [2010] IRLR 42 (injunction against 12-day cabin crew strike - Xmas 2009); BA v Unite (No.2) [2010] IRLR 809 (HC and CoA - injunction application to restrain May/June 2010 cabin crew strike). Metrobus v Unite [2010] ICR 173 (injunction against London bus strike, TULRA and Art 11 ECHR). Unite v easyJet [2010] TUR1/723 (CAC – resisting application for statutory union recognition). Muschett v HMPS [2010] IRLR 173 (CoA – race discrimination claims and temporary workers).


1979-86: Marple Hall Comprehensive, Stockport.

1986-89: MA Cambridge University, Downing College, Double First Class Honours.

1989-90: BCL Oxford University, Brasenose College, First Class Honours.

1991: Called to Bar. Lincoln’s Inn.

1999: Appointed as Junior Counsel to the Crown.

2005: Appointed to Treasury Counsel 'A' Panel.

2012: Queen’s Counsel.


Appointed a board member of Standards Board for England 2006. Reappointed 2009. ComBar. Industrial Law Society. Employment Lawyers Association.


Marple Hall Comprehensive; Downing College, Cambridge (1989 MA Law Double First Class Hons; 1988 Clive Parry International Law Scholar); Brasenose College, Oxford (1990 BCL First Class Hons); Lincoln’s Inn (1989 Hardwicke Scholar; 1990 Mansfield Scholar; 1991 Denning Scholar).

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Professional discipline and regulatory law

Within: Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Paul Gott QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe brings immense energy and commitment and leaves no stone unturned for his clients.

Within: Professional discipline and regulatory law

Fountain Court Chambers’ Timothy Dutton QC and Patricia Robertson QC continue to represent the SRA and Leigh Day respectively in the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s appeal after the firm’s acquittal by the SDT; Paul Gott QC and Tetyana Nesterchuk were also involved for the firm. Meanwhile, Richard Coleman QC represented Clifford Chance in its SDT case concerning the Excalibur litigation, and agreed a negotiated outcome of a fine of £50,000.

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