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Lydia Seymour

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Outer Temple Chambers (Chambers of Michael Bowes QC, Christopher Gibson QC and Andrew S)


Barrister specialising in pensions, employment and discrimination law. Particular expertise in the areas of crossover between employment and pensions law, including issues arising under TUPE, breach of trust and confidence, pension-related discrimination claims, disputes arising in relation to statutory schemes (LGPS, TPS, USS and NHS) and redundancy situations. Recent pensions cases include: acting for the representative beneficiaries in the IBM v Dalgleish remedies hearing (led by Nicolas Stallworthy QC); acting for the Fire Brigades Union (led by Antony White QC) in a Part 8 claim concerning age discrimination in pension provisions brought by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government; advising The Pensions Regulator; acting for the company in a high-value and complex equalisation claim (led by Richard Hitchcock QC). Substantial experience of all areas of employment law, including all types of discrimination (as well as equal pay), agency workers, whistleblowing and restrictive covenants. Represents companies, individuals and trade unions. Recent cases include: Weerasinghe v Basildon & Thurrock NHS Trust (2015) – EAT appeal and cross appeal following successful whistleblowing claim by a surgeon at a failing hospital; Amissah & Others v London Underground & another – multi-party claim brought under the Agency Workers Regulations. Lydia has a particular interest in sex discrimination claims in the financial services sector, and is representing two claimants in currently confidential very high-value claims in that sector.


Appointed fee paid judge of the Employment Tribunal 2005.


Association of Pension Lawyers; Employment Law Bar Association.


Kingston College of Further Education; Oxford University (1995 BA First Class).

London Bar


Within: Leading Juniors

Lydia Seymour - Outer Temple ChambersAn extremely able counsel; client friendly, clear, strategically and legally astute and a real pleasure to work with.

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Within: Leading Juniors

Lydia Seymour - Outer Temple ChambersA go-to junior in the employment/pensions area.

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading Juniors

Lydia Seymour - Outer Temple ChambersShe is experienced in pensions-related professional negligence.

Within: Professional negligence

Outer Temple Chambers is 'outstanding on pensions-related professional negligence claims' and its members are noted for their experience in disputes involving trusts and financial services professionals. Andrew Spink QC is acting for IB Maroc which brought a counterclaim in Dell Emerging Markets (EMEA) v IB Maroc, a case regarding alleged failings in Dell's design and implementation of a major IT project. Pensions-related professional negligence dispute Re CRAFT is a key case for Lydia Seymour.

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