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Old Square Chambers

Chambers of Mark Sutton QC

9 QUEEN SQUARE, BRISTOL, BS1 4JE, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 930 5100
Fax:
Fax 0117 927 3478
DX:
78229 BRISTOL
Email:
Web:
www.oldsquare.co.uk
Bristol, London

Regional Bar: South Eastern Circuit

Employment

Old Square Chambers is home to whistleblowing expert Jack Mitchell, whose notable recent cases include Royal Mail Group v Jhuti, which has progressed to the Supreme Court - the case concerned the test to be applied when the actions of a co-worker can be considered to be an action of the employee in a whistleblowing case.

Leading Juniors

Jack Mitchell - Old Square ChambersPossesses an encyclopaedic knowledge of whistleblowing law.

Ranked: tier 1

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Regional Bar: Western Circuit

Clinical negligence

Old Square Chambers is experienced in clinical negligence work from both claimant and defendant perspectives, with particular expertise in birth injury cases, where Kara Loraine and Sophie Beesley have a substantial track record. In addition, Beesley's involvement in the the clinical negligence sphere goes beyond her work on claims, having been appointed as sole counsel to the Ian Paterson Inquiry, which seeks to learn lessons and improve procedures following the conviction of the former surgeon.

Leading Juniors

Kara Loraine - Old Square ChambersRecommended for negligent obstetric care, delayed diagnoses, and fundamental dishonesty claims.

Ranked: tier 2

Sophie Beesley - Old Square ChambersA force to be reckoned with in the courtroom or in negotiation.

Ranked: tier 2

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Employment

Old Square Chambers is home to several specialist employment barristers, providing good coverage across all aspects of employment law. Whistleblowing specialist Jack Mitchell acted as junior to Simon Gorton QC in the Supreme Court case Royal Mail Group Ltd v Jhuti, in addition to representing both respondents and claimants in several separate tribunal cases also concerning whistleblowing.

Leading Silks

Michael Ford QC - Old Square ChambersHe combines an academic’s command of the detail of employment law with focused and determined advocacy.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Jack Mitchell - Old Square ChambersPossesses an encyclopaedic knowledge of whistleblowing law.

Ranked: tier 1

Spencer Keen - Old Square ChambersParticularly recommended for cases involving complex legal analysis.

Ranked: tier 1

Toby Kempster - Old Square ChambersBrings a highly strategic and pragmatic approach to cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Midgley - Old Square ChambersHis professional manner and style helps to put the client at ease.

Ranked: tier 2

Hilary Winstone - Old Square ChambersRecommended for discrimination law cases.

Ranked: tier 2

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Leading Sets
Leading Sets - ranked: tier 2

Old Square Chambers

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Personal injury

Old Square Chambers is home to a strong contingent of personal injury juniors, with experience of complex, multi-track cases on behalf of claimant and defendant. Particular areas of specialism for the set include employers liability and high-value road traffic accidents, with Andreá Risoli recently securing a £6.5m settlement for a claimant motorcyclist who had been struck by a car, following two failed mediation attempts.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Walker - Old Square ChambersForensically astute and brilliant with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Charlie Woodhouse - Old Square ChambersHis advocacy is sublime and he has full command of the courtroom.

Ranked: tier 1

David Rivers - Old Square ChambersTechnically excellent and incredibly thorough.

Ranked: tier 1

Toby Kempster - Old Square ChambersHis experience and knowledge helps him to provide a great service.

Ranked: tier 1

Andreá Risoli - Old Square ChambersHis judgement of client character and claim value is extremely good.

Ranked: tier 2

Kara Loraine - Old Square ChambersRecommended for multi-track cases, particularly those involving employers.

Ranked: tier 2

Sophie Beesley - Old Square ChambersLeaves no stone unturned to secure the best results for her client.

Ranked: tier 3

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Public law

Old Square Chambers is home to Nadia Motraghi, who specialises in public law cases involving NHS trusts and other medical bodies, both at the advisory stage and in judicial review proceedings.

Leading Juniors

Nadia Motraghi - Old Square ChambersPractical, thorough, and knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 1

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