Kerry Gardiner > Chambers of Charles Row > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Charles Row
Queen Square Chambers
56 QUEEN SQUARE
BRISTOL
BS1 4PR
England

Position

Barrister specialising in all aspects of employment law including unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, disability discrimination, equal pay, sex discrimination, race discrimination, age discrimination, TUPE, whistle blowing, wrongful dismissal and breach of contract. Reported cases: Bakhsh & Staunton v Unison [2009] IRLR 4 18.

Career

Called 2006; Middle Temple.

Education

University of the West of England (LLB (Hons) 2.1); University of the West of England (BVC); Cardiff University (LLM Commercial Law).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Queen Square Chambersis a good regional set that has a range of very competent junior counsel for employment matters’, but also has ability across family law, commercial matters, crime, and personal injury arenas. Since publication of our last guide, former solicitor Alex Daymond joined the criminal department, while employment junior Kerry Gardiner moved to Guildhall Chambers, Ryan Morgan left for St John’s Chambers. ‘Some of the most passionate clerks on the Western Circuit’ include senior criminal and regulatory clerk Collen Inker, who ‘always goes above and beyond to accommodate availability of requested counsel’ and civil and family clerk James Dowse. Offices in: Bristol and Cardiff

The Western Circuit’s Guildhall Chambers covers a range of matters, including having ‘strength in numbers in the regulatory sector’ and a property offering that can ‘give London sets a run for their money’, as well as continuing to be for some ‘the strongest set in the South West for commercial work’ and having ‘strength in depth in criminal cases, sexual offences in particular’. The set also has a ‘widely experienced’ personal injury and clinical negligence offering. In recent news, Serle Court’s Christopher Stoner QC has joined as a door tenant and employment junior Kerry Gardiner joined from Queen Square Chambers. Senior civil practice manager Philip Alden heads up a team including the ‘flexible and approachable’ Chris Checketts, who ‘tries to find ways to help solicitors’. The criminal clerking team, headed by senior practice manager Lucy Northeast and practice manager Grant Bidwell ‘provides an excellent service – nothing is too much trouble, cases are efficiently handled and the go the extra mile to ensure that counsel can meet your client’s requirements’. Property and estates practice manager Lisa Frostrup is ‘particularly responsive’. Offices in: Bristol

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Employment

Members of Queen Square Chambers are instructed on behalf of both respondents and defendants at both first-instance and appellate stages. Particular areas of expertise include disability discrimination and constructive dismissal. James Bromige represented the respondent school in a multi-faceted claim by a former teacher, who accused the trust of religious discrimination, constructive dismissal, and protected disclosure detriments, where the claimant is alleged to have bullied and misgendered a transgender student. Kerry Gardiner departed the set in June 2019 for Guildhall Chambers.