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Paul Gilroy QC

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9 St John Street (Chambers of Christopher Kennedy QC)

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Employment and trade union law; commercial law; professional indemnity; personal injury; health and safety; clinical negligence; public and other inquiries.


Employment law is Paul Gilroy’s main area of work. In this area of practice he has featured regularly in the ‘Chambers’ directory as a ‘leader in the field’ and has for some years been referred to as a ‘highly rated’ member of the Employment Law Bar in ‘The Legal 500’. He is listed in the directory of ‘Legal Experts’ for his expertise in employment law. Paul Gilroy has a particular interest in sports-related litigation. He recently successfully acted for Alan Curbishley in his wrongful dismissal claim against West Ham United before the FA Premier League Tribunal, and is presently acting for Martin O’Neill in his claim against Aston Villa before the same Tribunal. Other recent football clients include Phil Brown, George Burley, Steve Clarke, Chris Coleman, Steve Coppell, Owen Coyle, Roberto Di Matteo, Sir Alex Ferguson, Darren Ferguson, Paul Hart, Roy Hodgson, Brian Horton, Mark Hughes, Chris Hughton, Jim Magilton, Steve McClaren, Tony Mowbray, Mike Newell, Harry Redknapp, Gareth Southgate, Gary Speed, Ray Wilkins and Gianfranco Zola. Paul Gilroy is a specialist member of the FA’s Judicial Panel, and a member of the FA Judicial Appeal Board. He has had high-profile involvement in two major public inquiries (Ashworth Special Hospital Inquiry No 2 and Shipman Inquiry) and has wide-ranging experience in the field of professional discipline.


Called 1985; Gray’s Inn. Queen’s Counsel 2006; part-time chairman of Employment Tribunals 2000; junior counsel to the Crown (2000); accredited by the General Medical Council to conduct Fitness to Practise Panel proceedings; accredited by Equal Opportunities Commission, Commission for Racial Equality and Disability Rights Commission; chairperson of the Sports Dispute Resolution Panel of Arbitrators. Contributor to professional publications; annotated employment legislation for current law statutes; engaged by Sweet & Maxwell to assist in editing the Encyclopedia Law; frequent speaker on employment law topics to professionals and other audiences.


Employment Lawyers Association; Employment Law Bar Association; Personal Injury Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; Chairperson’s List, Sport Resolutions UK Panel of Arbitrators (2007); Judicial Panel of the Football Association (2007); Judicial Appeal Board of the Football Association (2008); National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) (2009).


LLB (Hons).

Regional Bar : Northern Circuit


Within: Employment – Leading silks

Paul Gilroy QC (full joint tenancy) 9 St John Street and Littleton ChambersHe has particular expertise in sports-related employment matters.

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