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Essex Court Chambers
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Widely recognised as a leading junior in employment law. Does the full range of employment and related commercial work at first instance, in both the High Court and the Employment Tribunal, and at appellate level (EAT, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court). Acts for a wide range of clients in relation to their business disputes, including employees (generally, but not exclusively, senior executives) and employers (often in the financial services industry), partners and partnerships, and members of LLPs and LLPs. In the Tribunal he focuses on complex, and generally high-value, whistleblowing and discrimination claims, although his practice encompasses the full range of claims in that forum. His High Court practice, which overlaps with his commercial work, involves wrongful dismissal and bonus claims, share scheme/phantom share scheme and share option disputes, permanent health insurance claims, and also litigation arising in respect of alleged breaches of confidentiality, fiduciary duties and restrictive covenants, where he is also frequently instructed to seek or resist applications for injunctive relief. Has advised and acted at disciplinary hearings for individuals before the Financial Services Authority, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Football Association.


Called 1997.




University College School; Inns of Court School of Law (Outstanding); City University (CPE (Commendation)); Cambridge University (MPhil Criminology (Distinction – Manuel Lopez-Rey Prize for Criminology)); Manchester University (BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class)).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Employment

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Craig QCEssex Court ChambersDavid is the complete package – intelligent, commercial, hard-working, and with gravitas and great client skills. In recent years he has moved to the very elite level of the employment Bar and he never disappoints.

Essex Court Chambers is regularly instructed in high-profile, complex employment cases. In Citadel Securities v GSA Capital Partners and others, David Craig QC represented Citadel in claims for conspiracy and misuse of confidential information, which related to an algorithmic trading strategy; and in JLT & Ors v Ed Broking & Ors, Daniel Oudkerk QC  and senior junior Edward Brown acted for the claimants in a high-value High Court claim (with related disclosure applications in the New York Courts) that arose out of a poaching raid in the insurance sector. Boosting the set’s senior end, Iain Quirk QC took silk in 2021.